This post is Day 7 in a series of studies about “Separation”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Separation – Day 7
The point of our verse today is that the Israelite nation was different. They were the only nation that had The Almighty God living with them. The One True God who was and is totally pure, who could not look on sin. He is still the same today. Praise God.
You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling-place, which is among them.
This is a single verse which stands out at the end of several chapters about basic hygiene. Some of the rules seem very outdated for our 21st century life, but we can imagine that for the Israelites, living as nomads in the desert these hygiene rules were extremely important.
One thing often surprises me when I read about the Israelite’s desert wanderings is that there rarely seemed to be a shortage of water! On a couple of occasions there were serious shortages, but in several chapters of Leviticus it seems that God was continuously telling them to wash themselves, or wash their clothes!! The word “wash” is used 33 times in this book of the law; Leviticus.
The point of our verse today is that the Israelite nation was different. They were the only nation that had The Almighty God living with them. The One True God who was and is totally pure, who could not look on sin.
Consequently the risk for His people was that they would die if they took sin into His presence. It was for their own sakes that He gave them these rules.
He is still the same today, it is for our sakes that He gives us rules to live by. The first rule is to love Him (Matthew 22:37).
Ask yourself how you are doing in the rule mentioned there: (Matthew 22:37).
Praise God that His rules are logical, reasonable, and not created out of superiority, but out of love, and made to help us, not to condemn.
Pray for the church to understand the necessary separation from sin which is still relevant in our day.
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