All about worship today. God continues to instruct Moses to teach and execute holiness. He addresses specifically the priests in the passages today. (All Scriptures quoted are from New Living Translation Holy Bible)
But the verse that stands out to me is in Leviticus 20: Verse (2) “Give the people of Israel these instructions, which apply both to native Israelites and to the foreigners living in Israel.” God’s standard and pattern apply to all who live in His Kingdom. No one is exempted. Jews and Gentiles believers who worship God in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)
These are the repeated declarations made by God to a people set apart by Him: (7-8) So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep all my decrees by putting them into practice, for I am the Lord who makes you holy. (22) You must keep all my decrees and regulations by putting them into practice; otherwise the and to which I am bringing you as your new home will vomit you out. (23) Do not live according to the customs of the people I am driving out before you. It is because they do these shameful things that I detest them. (26) You must be holy because I, the Lord, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own. When Jesus came to earth He brought with Him a Kingdom of God. The pattern and standard of God rule this Kingdom. As we have read in Hebrews 10:1 the old system under the law of Moses was a preview of the good things that were to come with Jesus. The whole pattern of the tabernacle was to enable God’s people to worship Him. This has not changed. This is what the Holy Spirit reveals and teaches in Hebrews:
Hebrews 8:1-2 Here is the main point: We have a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven. 2 There he ministers in the heavenly Tabernacle,[a] the true place of worship that was built by the Lord and not by human hands.
Hebrews 9:11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.[a] He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. 9:14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds[a] so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
22 No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. 23 You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.
15 Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name.
~~~~~~Today’s reading from One Year Bible: Leviticus 20:22-22:16; Mark 9:1-29; Psalm 32:6-11; Proverbs 10:18