“I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine” (v26). The Israelites’ separation and distinction from other people wasn’t a matter of ethnicity, as much as a matter of behavior. God commanded them to live in a way that would bring blessing, not destruction, and would mark them as belonging to Him. He prohibited the evils of child sacrifice (v2), witchcraft (v6), and sexual immorality (v10), which were commonly practiced by their neighbors (v23).
“A land flowing with milk and honey” (v24). God calls us to holiness, to follow His ways, so that we can thrive, enjoying healthy relationships in His beautiful world.