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Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Leviticus 19:1-4
1: Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2: "Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy. 3: 'Every one of you shall reverence his mother and his father, and you shall keep My sabbaths; I am the LORD your God. 4: 'Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods; I am the LORD your God.
What the heck is holy? "[D]edicated to religious use; belonging to or coming from God; consecrated; sacred" is what my office dictionary has as item 1. That second clause, "belonging to or coming from God" seems to be the kicker. To be holy is to belong to God. A common metaphor is to have the believer (or the church collectively) as the bride of Christ. God doesn't want us flirting with other gods, even if they aren't real, for it takes us away from the fellowship He wants to have with us. When Eileen wants my company, she gets a bit jealous of the computer if I'm off in blogland; she has a right to be a bit jealous, for she's supposed to come after God but before other things. God gets jealous if we're turning our backs on Him. We also need to be God's conduit, exhibiting the things that flow from God. We need to do more than just avoid idols, but to show God's love and justice on the planet. God's given us the Holy Spirit to empower us as we are his ambassadors. Conduit? With the Holy Spirit, we con-do-it. [Apply a thick Cajun accent to achieve the proper effect]

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