It is a most Christian thing to have a duty of care towards others by taking care that our buildings are safe. This is a major responsibility of our Committee of Management. Fungal attack of building materials can be a serious problem. Remember this is wood, mud brick, or wattle and daub. The Mosaic Law takes the opportunity of public safety and health issues to underscore the spiritual importance of living cleansed before God and man.
“Thus he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird and with the fresh water and with the live bird and with the cedarwood and hyssop and scarlet yarn.”
Purification/Cleansing comes through the shedding of blood (a sacrifice). Hebrews 9 tells us this,
“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”
And we know that water is life – it is built into creation!
When Jesus is speaking with the woman at the well in John 4 He says,
“The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
So we have here in Leviticus (not just in this passage, but across the old testament sacrificial system) the idea of blood and water. Cleansing and the giving of life.
This all comes together in Jesus at the cross, where we read (John 19),
“But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water.”
Here is the ultimate once-for-all sacrifice! The shedding of blood (cleansing) and water (life).
It is only in Jesus that we can find forgiveness for our sins.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Dear Lord God,
Please show us today what You want us to know from Your word. Even a little morsel, day by day, grows us step by step toward You.
Please each day make us more like Jesus, marking us as Your people.
Thank You that in Jesus we have salvation, seen here today from Leviticus in the blood and the water.