44 For I am the LORD your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
-The Lord had already called out the Hebrew and made them His people (Exodus 6:7). Here in Leviticus 11, He emphasizes the importance of the people putting away ungodliness and walking righteously in His eyes. This is important because it’s set up the proper sequence of events in regards to salvation and sanctification. Many people think that we can just clean up our acts and make ourselves presentable in the eyes of God. But contrary to popular opinion, sanctification does not result in salvation, true sanctification is a result of salvation. God must work the first before He can begin working the second. “And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.” (Leviticus 20:8)