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You Shall Be Mine

Image of a group of people reading Bibles with the words "You shall be mine, October 17, 2022, Leviticus 20:26"

October 17, 2022

Leviticus 20:26 “You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.”

This verse in Leviticus, to me, is the main purpose of the whole book. We are people of God. What God said to Israel, He was also saying to us. In the new relationship God had with Israel, there was neither Jew nor Gentile – there is just one body in Christ. 

I think you all will agree that God is perfect. There aren’t any blemishes on God. He is filled with joy and peace. He is perfect. He is whole. And He looks at us, in all our brokenness, and says, “I want you to be whole too.” 

God wants us to be His. That is what He is aiming at. When I was studying about this verse, I learned that in Hebrew, the text that says, you shall be mine, all three tenses of the word can be used. So instead of just saying You shall be mine, it’s saying, “You were mine, you are mine, and you shall be mine.”  All three tenses, the past, the present and the future. 

God looks at us, in all our brokenness, in all our hurting, imperfect state and puts His hand on us and says, “You are mine, right now, just the way you are. You belong to me.” 

That is what Leviticus is all about. It’s what the Bible is all about, and it’s what Jesus Christ is all about. 


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