“For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy” (v44). Though the Israelite dietary restrictions are hard for us to understand in terms of why certain foods were forbidden, the goal was clear: God wanted the Israelites to be a community set apart as belonging completely to Him. By including daily food choices in loyalty to God’s Law, the Israelites learned that they were to honor God with their entire lives, every day and hour.
“You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (v45). God doesn’t want us to just wear a religious label; He wants to dramatically transform every single part of our lives by His love.