Leviticus 19 ~ Apologetically, A Most Useful Chapter!

It has been on my heart for some time to write about the Apostle Peter’s admonition in his first letter:

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (I Peter 1:13-16 NKJV)

The key point is Peter’s quote, “Be holy, for I am holy”. How do we know what “holy” means? How do we get to be holy, and how do we stay holy? Why do we want to be holy in the first place? These are questions that somehow never got answered for me in all my decades of church experience. As I ponder the reason, it seems that it may at least partially be because the answers come from a place the church rarely goes: Torah. Specifically, from the heart of the Torah – Leviticus. Peter quotes from Leviticus 11:44-45, 19:2, and 20:7, passages where God explains holiness to Moses.

At some point in the near future I intend to write about these passages, but by happy coincidence someone has already captured some of what I wanted to share. Please enjoy this excellent commentary by fellow Hebrew Roots blogger Pete Rambo. When you are done with this post, check out his many other offerings at natsab (Here I Stand).

© Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog, 2014.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Barking Fox Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to Albert J. McCarn and The Barking Fox Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


The Parsha for this last Shabbat was ‘Kedoshim,’ and it is a dynamite chapter dealing with holiness and how to be ‘holy ones.’  We took a super look at that in our weekly shabbat that you can download and listen to here.  broken_glassOf particular interest is our  critical look at ourselves in the Messianic movement and how we need to keep a balance between the greater commandments and those perceived as ‘justice and mercy.’

Here though, I want to share some of the thoughts I’ve had concerning how useful this chapter is for Messianic apologetics on multiple fronts!  Frankly, this chapter is extremely useful in putting to rest multiple false teachings of Christendom, Judaism and the bilateral ecclesiology teaching of some Messianic Jews.  A few foundational Scriptures:

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 

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About Albert J. McCarn

I am a lifelong disciple of Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth, an avid student of the Bible, a devoted husband and father, a 29-year veteran of the United States Army, and a historian who connects people with their own stories.

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