Nothing less than holy. Nothing short of grace. This is the Who of Almighty God. This is the what-He-does.
The Holy One of Israel is both perfectly holy and altogether full of grace. Absolutely set apart as the the One True God and, at the same time, love and grace personified. As such, The LORD Almighty calls His people to nothing less.
Time and again, He reminded the Israelites to remember the place from which He had brought them. Repeatedly, God emphasized their need to never forget His hand of generosity that led them out of Egypt, to never forget their humble position in which they were the needy ones, the slaves who had nothing, and to always keep in mind that He had set them apart as holy.
As God instructed His children in how to live once they receive the promise of Canaan’s conquered land, He didn’t let them forget the compassion and grace and perfect love with which He had always treated them. God charged them to remember how He took care of them with such gracious generosity and to go and do likewise. The dignity God had bestowed on each of His children was the dignity with which He wanted them to treat each other.
That’s why He was careful to lay out such clear instructions for His people about how to deal with the needy. It’s why Almighty God was so thorough in His directive to protect the poor, to secure the widow’s future, to safeguard the set-apartness that He had given them.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are also called to help the needy and to look after the poor. He has declared us holy through the blood of Jesus Christ. As such, we are called to the same holy living and the same wholly compassionate grace with which He called the nation of Israel. Because He is holy, so are we, because of His undeserved grace.
Because He has made us holy, how can we not treat others as He does?