June 17, 2019

UNCLEANNESS DEFINED

In Leviticus 13, the Lord explained to Moses and Aaron the priest in detail what to look for in a person that has leprosy disease. and once they have examined it carefully and have ascertained it to be so, the individual is said to be unclean and he or she must be separated from the others. These people infected with the disease stay outside the camp, because the disease is infectious. Also garments could be unclean and the Lord explained to them what to do in order to separate this garment from the others. In Leviticus 14, the restoration of healed lepers was discussed. The leper that was healed must bring two living and clean birds, cedar wood and hyssop. One bird must be killed in an earthen vessel in running water, while second living bird together with cedar wood and hyssop are dipped in the blood of the killed bird and then released into an open field. After this, the healed leper stay outside the camp for the next 7 days. On the eight day, the healed leper brings two male lambs without blemish, one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, three-tenths of an ephah of the fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering and one log of oil. These are the requirements for sin offering, burnt offering, and grain offering which the priest will offer to God for the healed leper to declare him clean. Further in this chapter, the scripture also made it clear that even houses could be plagued with leprous disease, and again the Lord explained to them what to do once it is proved to be so. If the treatment suggested did not stop the outbreak of the disease, then the house must be pulled down completely.

In Leviticus 15, bodily discharges were discussed whether from man or woman, and they are declared unclean, and cannot come into the Sanctuary until they are healed. These different situations were made very clear to the leaders and were given to them as a charge to teach the children of Israel all that pertains to their health and how to prevent them from contaminating others. God also made it clear to them anything unclean can not come into His Sanctuary. If they do, the penalty is death. God is a Holy God and cannot tolerate anything unclean before Him. How do we see the uncleanness defined in these three chapters? Do you realize many of these diseases are the results of our sins? You are going to read later on how leprosy disease came upon two important people in the Bible, one was a servant of Prophet Elisha, and the other Miriam, Moses’s sister, because they sinned against God. Therefore all the problems that many of us go through are the results of our sins, and all these make us unclean before God. Simply put, all the works of flesh are abomination to Him, they make us unclean, and we are unworthy to come near Him. David cried out in Psalm 15 “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart;  He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;  He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.” God loves us but hates our sin. He wants us to clean ourselves so that we can have fellowship with Him. The only way to clean ourselves is to come to the cross of Calvary to dip ourselves in that precious flow of the blood of Jesus (pure Lamb with no blemish, that is, no sin). This is why our Lord Jesus Christ made the statement that “He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and No one can come to the Father except through Him” John 14:6.

Brothers and Sisters, if you are still wallowing in sin and you call yourself a Christian, you are yet to know God. You cannot continue to sin when you have repented of your sins and asked for forgiveness. The Spirit in you is now the Spirit of Christ, if you have indeed given your life to Him. The seed of Christ is in you so you cannot continue in sin. You are washed in His blood and by His Word. You have to constantly renew your mind with the Word of God, and prayerfully ask for the strength from the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Holy Spirit given to us is called a deposit or assurance that we are His and at the last day, we will reign with Him in heaven. But if the reader of this lesson today has not released himself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (born again), then your sins are still hanging on you. But you want to come to Jesus, so that those sins can be taken off from you and you can be free to live a life that can reign with Christ at the end. Please come to Him today, because  tomorrow is not guaranteed. I pray for you today that you will take a bold step towards Christ, and give your life to Him or rededicate your life to Him, and His blessings shall be released upon you in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed!!!

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