29 April 2020 Daily Manna
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)
TEXT: Leviticus 15:19-33
“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 socialising 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 or 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.
29 April 2020 Daily Manna – THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: The heaven-bound believer is only in the world, not of the world.
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