by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
By God’s Word and Spirit the world was made, and he uses the same tools to rebuild the creaking cosmos. God does not save some souls from the wreckage of the planet; instead, the whole groaning creation must be delivered from bondage by the love and power of God.
"You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean" (Lev. 10:10).
The saying "Cleanliness is next to godliness" could have come from the book of Leviticus. Leviticus is the rule book by which the people of the Old Covenant learned to "distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean." Holy and clean belong together. Unclean is unholy and is therefore unacceptable to God.
Modern students have tried hard to find common sense in all the picky rules God prescribed in the law of Moses. And, of course, hygienic and medical wisdom is implied in many of the laws. But that does not explain why the pig and the rabbit are unclean while the cow and the sheep are kosher. Why is the trout permitted but the lobster forbidden? And why is it unclean to press one last kiss on your grandfather's forehead after life has left his body?
God gives no logical explanation to satisfy our common sense. The great lesson of Leviticus is God's holiness. Sinful people, chosen by God, must learn how to worship the LORD of glory. They must live carefully in a polluted world. They must eat cautiously, walk gingerly, look up timidly, and worship with fear and trembling. For what is unholy and unclean cannot abide with God.
This God is our God. Unless we know the picky rules of Leviticus, we cannot fully appreciate what Jesus has done for us—and how we are set apart by our relationship to Christ.
Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published in 1994. This edition is copyright by Faith Alive Christian Resources, from whom may be ordered Daylight, the predecessor of Twilight.
A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this edition of Twilight are from the New International Version