Did you ever wonder what holiness looks like? I mean, God calls us to be holy like He is holy (Lev 11:44, 19:2). Peter echoes this call in 1 Peter 1:13-16. But what exactly does it look like? Oh if Yeshua were standing before us, it would be pretty easy to recognize it. But how do we walk it out?
In a recent discussion of Leviticus 19, my rabbi said that Leviticus 19 is the heart of Torah. It is strategically set in the middle of the middle book of Torah. And what it talks about is the heart of God.
This chapter opens with God’s call to holiness followed by the instruction for how to do it.
- Revere your mother and Father
- Keep Shabbat
- Don’t turn to idols
- When giving to the Lord, do it with your whole heart
- Take care of those less fortunate than you
- Don’t steal, defraud, or lie to each other
- Don’t oppress or rob your neighbor
I could go on, but as you read it (and I hope you will) you see that Yeshua captured the heart of Torah when he quoted Leviticus 19:18 ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’
So what does holiness look like? Love God with all your heart, mind, and strength because when you do, you will obey His instructions, His Torah. And when you love God, obedience plays out not only in relationship with Him, but with all His children.
This is how love fulfills all the requirements of the Torah (the instructions God gave for holy living). Holiness is love for God, evidenced by obedience to His instructions; and love for each other, evidenced by care and respect for each other.