DCLM Daily Manna 20 March 2023
KEY VERSE: – “And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.” Leviticus 15:19
TEXT: Leviticus 15:19-33 (KJV)
19 And if a woman has a discharge, her [regular] discharge of blood of her body, she shall be in her impurity or separation for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening.
20 And everything that she lies on in her separation shall be unclean; everything also that she sits on shall be unclean.
21 And whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until evening.
22 Whoever touches anything she sat on shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until evening.
23 And if her flow has stained her bed or anything on which she sat, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening.
24 And if any man lie with her and her impurity be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.
25 And if a woman has an issue of blood for many days, not during the time of her separation, or if she has a discharge beyond the time of her [regular] impurity, all the days of the issue of her uncleanness she shall be as in the days of her impurity; she shall be unclean.
26 Every bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be as the bed of her impurity, and whatever she sits on shall be unclean, as in her impurity.
27 And whoever touches those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until evening.
28 But if she is cleansed of her discharge, then she shall wait seven days, and after that she shall be clean.
29 And on the eighth day she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the door of the Tent of Meeting;
30 He shall offer one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering; and he shall make atonement for her before the Lord for her unclean discharge.
31 Thus you shall separate the Israelites from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by defiling My tabernacle that is in the midst of them.
32 This is the law for him who has a discharge and for him who has emissions of sperm, being made unclean by it;
“An injury to one is an injury to all,” is a motto popularly used by the industrial workers of the world. Workers have adopted it as a mark of solidarity to protect each member against attempts by employers to curtail labour rights and privileges. If one worker is wronged, his colleagues presume they have all been wronged and are therefore called upon to show solidarity by staying away from work.
Thousands of years before the labour men decided on linking injury to one to injury to all, God announced a weightier connection. If an Israelite woman was unclean from her menstrual flow, all those who touched her beddings and clothing also became defiled. They would continue in that condition until they observed the purification rites. This was meant by the Lord to ensure His people were pure and separate from other nations which did not obey such strict laws of cleanliness.
On a wider New Testament scale, God was pointing out the need for His people to watch against sin. If one member of the assembly broke the law, the action could affect the entire body as it did with Miriam and Achan. Paul got it right with his allusion to sin as a leaven. “…Know ye not that a little leaven (sin) leaveneth the whole lump?” (1 Corinthians 5:6). There should be personal and collective responsibility not to allow any shade of sin in the gathering of the saints.
There is no doubt that these ceremonial laws of the Old Testament do not apply to present-day believers. But they are symbolic of heaven’s demand that we should not just seek hygienic soundness; we should also seek to live a life devoid of defilement. This honours the Lord and keeps Him in our midst, while it also serves to give a good report of our faith.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The festering of evil stops at the position of a non-conformist.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 35-36
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