Old Way vs New Way

After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.  Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the Lord your God.

Leviticus 18:3-4

Here in Leviticus, God is telling His chosen people, Israel, what He wants them to do and what He doesn’t want them to do.  He is very clear in this passage that He does not want them to be like the Egyptians and He does not want them to be like the Canaanites.  He brought them out of Egypt and He was bringing them through Canaan, but they were not Egyptians or Canaanites- they were His chosen people. 

Just like God did not bring the Israelites out of Egypt to live like the Egyptians, He did not save us and bring us out of the world only to let us live and act like the world.  Verse 4 says that “ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances… I am the Lord your God”.  If we belong to God, we need to do what He says, not what the world says.  It doesn’t matter what the world says- the world doesn’t own us and shouldn’t control us.  As Christians, God does own us and should control us. 

May we strive every day to “put off the old man and put on the new man”.  May we every day submit to the leadership of the Lord and follow Him.  May we daily be reminded that He brought us out of the world to serve Him.

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