Today we are conscious that bodily fluids can transmit all kinds of terrible viruses and diseases. This chapter’s advice has preserved over thousands of years any society which has sought to follow this advice – whether they understood the science and hygiene issues or not. God is so good!
“Thus you shall keep the people of Israel separate from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by defiling my tabernacle that is in their midst.”
This is a passage that can be hard to read without feeling a little yuck.
But it is a clear pointer to our great hope – That one day we will be made new, completely and forever removed from any uncleanness.
Because while we stand now in Jesus’ righteousness, able to walk in obedience through faith (gifted by God), we are still broken people walking through this broken world.
We look forward to an inheritance, the crown of life!
Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15,
“So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable.”
And then down a little,
“For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”
God will raise us in a new body, perfect and holy, clean – So that we can dwell with Him in the new heavens and earth.
Let’s be greatly encouraged as we read through these early books full of the requirements of the law that they help us see our need for Jesus, and the wonderful steady and sure hope in eternal life to come!
As we think on the tabernacle, on cleanness and purity, and all of these things, Revelation 21 describes with such great clarity what it is we look forward to,
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”
* Father God,
Thank You for Your word. Please help us each day to grasp a little from it, what You want us to understand.
As we walk through the law, the requirements You gave to Israel through Moses, please help us to see Jesus.