Monday 23 February 2009

Derek Tidball on Leviticus (3)

Derek Tidball, The Message of Leviticus: Free to be Holy, The Bible Speaks Today (Leicester: IVP, 2005).

The core message of Leviticus, according to Derek Tidball in the Introduction to his commentary on the book, is holiness – that which is set apart – and it flows back and forth in three currents through the book in a statement, a promise, and a command:

• The statement: God is holy
• The command: ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy’
• The promise: ‘I am the Lord your God, who makes you holy’

‘The summons of Leviticus leaps across the yawning cultural divide and the intervening centuries to call us once again to holy living’ (33).

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