TEXT: LEVITICUS 15:19-33.
🔑KEY VERSE “Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation” (LEVITICUS 15:26).
“We are not to be isolated but insulated,”
said Vance Havner,
“moving in the midst of evil but untouched by it.” Jesus was holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners; yet He was “a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”
Chapter 17 of Leviticus deals with the subject of separation of a man or woman for a period of time due to some natural uncleanness. During this period of separation, he or she is disallowed from socializing closely with friends and from going to the house of God or touching any of the holy things. A mandatory ceremony and offering for cleansing is then required before a reunion with people and the house of God can be possible. This comprises two doves and two young pigeons, the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.
Some people have taken the matter of Old Testament separation of women for reasons of uncleanness beyond boundary. It is important to highlight that these Old Testament laws affected both men and women and no mention is made about separating women from the house of God on account of natural uncleanness in the New Testament.
We are to be separate enough from immorality and ungodliness that it does not influence us. The Bible makes it clear that we should “come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” But whilst we steer clear from the world’s pollutions, we are expected to be close enough so that we can minister to those who are trapped in all forms of uncleanness.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY The heaven-bound believer is only in the world but not of the world.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: JOSHUA 15-18.
Cleanliness is next to godliness?
- The ceremonial laws of “touch not”, “eat not” were for the Jews, and Christians are no more bound by them Colossians 2:20-22.
- However, there are clear lessons and applications.
a. God detests all forms of physical filthiness and uncleanness. You will not see a trace in heaven. “Thy will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven.” Have you ever heard or read of angels appearing to people in a dirty toilet?
b. Moral uncleanness is also hated by God 2 Corinthians 6:17.
c. All unrighteousness are classified as uncleanness 2 Corinthians 6:14,17.
d. Separation from all uncleanness is a condition for sonship 2 Corinthians 6:17,18.
e. There are uncleanness of the flesh (carnal, observable sins usually manifesting through parts of human body), and uncleanness of the spirit (generally only known to the person and visible to God only e.g. lust in the heart, good action but evil intention, love of praise of men more than God) 2 Corinthians 7:1.
f. Exposure to uncleanness and undue closeness to an unclean person can make someone unclean too vv20,21. So there must be care even when trying to help Jude 21-23.
g. No uncleanness can be ignored. All attracts capital punishment v31.
h. To be totally free and remain free, there is the human part of separation from appearances of sin that are not sin in themselves vv21,27, I Thessalonians 5:22, 2 Corinthians 6: 17.
h. All uncleanness can only be purged by the blood of Jesus vv29,30, Hebrews 9:22.
Self examination Are you free from all the filthiness of the flesh and the spirit?
Holy Spirit, convict me of any hidden filthiness afresh
Ask the blood of Jesus to cleanse you totally as you promise to separate from all sources of uncleanness
Ask the blood of Jesus to purge our youths in the Church and give them power to always say NO
LORD, let your fire purge the church of every form of uncleanness
HYMN When I saw the cleansing fountain
- When I saw the cleansing fountain,
Open wide for all my sin,
I obeyed the Spirit’s wooing
When He said, “Wilt thou be clean?”
I will praise Him! I will praise Him!
Praise the Lamb for sinners slain;
Give Him glory, all ye people,
For His blood can wash away each stain.
2 Tho’ the way seems straight and narrow,
All I claimed was swept away;
My ambitions, plans and wishes,
At my feet in ashes lay. [Refrain]
3 Blessed be the name of Jesus!
I’m so glad He took me in;
He’s forgiven my transgressions,
He has cleansed my heart from sin. [Refrain]
4 Glory, glory to the Father!
Glory, glory to the Son!
Glory, glory to the Spirit!
Glory to the Three in One! [Refrain]