This verse in Leviticus speaks of the goal of the Jewish people of sustaining a status of holiness; of being holy as God is holy. In handing these requirements to the Jewish people, God is requiring that they distinguish themselves from the other nations. They are handed an enormous responsibility to live a holy life, to follow God’s commandments and to come as close as possible to the holiness of God. In that role, they are to have a positive influence on the rest of the world.

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