When we read Numbers 5, it would seem
that God is naming these random items that bother Him...
and tidying up the camp,
to distance Himself of their impurity.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
“Command the children of Israel
that they put out of the camp every leper,
everyone who has a discharge,
and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse.
You shall put out both male and female;
you shall put them outside the camp,
that they may not defile their camps
in the midst of which I dwell.”
And the children of Israel did so,
and put them outside the camp;
as the Lord spoke to Moses, so the children of Israel did.
Numbers 5:1-4 (NKJV)
He tells Moses to rid the camp of people with leprosy
and those who had external skin diseases... those unclean and impure.
Because obviously, this is a health issue,
these people are unclean and this could spread causing rampant harm...
even death to many in the camp.
Then God moves to what seems like a new topic,
issues of unfaithfulness and sin.
But couldn't these also be considered a disease... unclean and impure?
Yet one that is internal,
but still affecting others, still likely to spread, causing rampant harm...
even death... of the spirit... of relationships... to many in the camp.
Finally, the hardest to read... at least for me...a seemingly one-sided sin.
the issue of unfaithful wives.
Could this not be the deepest form of disease...
a progression from external to internal, an finally to hidden impurity?
One so concealed that it will destroy self and others with no external scar...
rotting from within, the bitter taste of jealousy.
A curse, tormenting the one who is betrayed,
as well as the betrayer.
God is not simply ridding Himself of random things that bother Him.
These three issues are very much related.
It is a progression of impurities that will defile the people of Israel...
that will defile us, our families, our lives, and our future.
Oh that the LORD would heal us from our leprosy...
external or internal, exposed or hidden.
Oh that one be found innocent before our High Priest... Jesus.
no matter if it is husband or wife,
free from the bitterness of jealousy we would swallow.
Let us not leave ourselves in an impure state
causing ourselves to be cast from the presence of God...
causing others harm...
even unto death.
Word of God... train me, today...
to be self-aware of impurity in my life,
to be ever ready to confess and atone for any, and all sin before You.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
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