“Comparing apples to oranges” or “Comparing apples to apples”. These are two common phrases that we use or hear when we compare things that are either impossible to match or we have two things that can be reasonably compared. A great example would be comparing a Mac computer to a PC, there really is no comparison, the Mac is the superior product. An apple and an orange may both be a fruit like a Mac and a PC are both computers, but you can’t put them in the same basket.
I love the fact that I have been created in the image of God, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Gen 1:27. Each one of us was created unique and with special purpose, God has shaped us and given us each a set of characteristics that set us apart from others. In the book of Leviticus, we read much about God being Holy, His perfect holiness is one of many characteristics that set Him apart from us today. When I think about the commands he gives us to be Holy like He is, are we comparing apples to apples or apples to oranges? The fact that He is perfect in every way and we live in a fallen and sinful (imperfect) world, I would lean towards apples and oranges. What I do believe is that he sets for us a standard to measure against, that is the life of Christ.
How is this standard attainable? Leviticus 8:23 describes a part of the instructions that Moses had to perform in the ordination of the priests (Aaron and his sons) “Then Moses took some of its blood (the ram) and applied it to the lobe of Aaron’s right ear, the thumb of his right hand and the big toe of his right foot.” You might wonder why this helped me, at first I didn’t see it then as I did a little exploring I understood the significance of this Old Testament tradition. The blood on the ear was a reminder to listen and pay attention to the Word of God, the blood on the thumb represents the duty we have to perform God’s work and the blood on the big toe signifies that we are to follow in God’s ways.
God’s holiness, which is deeply rooted in His character is a part of who we are, it was given to us as He created us in His image. When we read His word, do His work and follow in His ways we live a life that gives Him glory and His holiness will shine through us so that others can see it.