Melissa preached from Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18 and Matthew 5:38-48. Leviticus is a blueprint for God’s people, a kind of temple the people will construct with their lives, and the cornerstone of this temple is justice. It’s the law that will distinguish God’s people from the place they have come from and the place to which they are going.
These laws, rules and regulations help us get inside God’s world, but Leviticus also shows us that God’s law is dynamic. “I am the Lord your God.”
The sermon concluded with the reading of a revised version of the Leviticus 19 passage, not for a people waiting in the desert, but for a people now, ready to see God’s life spread into the world.