Numbers 19:22 Getting Dirty

Anything that an unclean person touches becomes unclean, and anyone who touches it becomes unclean till evening. Numbers 19:22

Most people do not like to be physically dirty and try to avoid it. Some do not mind getting physically dirty, if it is for work, but will quickly clean up as soon as possible.

Mechanics, who work on cars, will often getting extremely dirty and anything that they touch will also get dirty and greasy. The grease is passed onto other items, which in turn will get other people greasy and dirty if they touch them.

God told the Israelites that if a ceremonially unclean person touches anything, it becomes unclean and that if anyone clean touches that unclean item, he becomes unclean.

As the world focuses on being physically clean, the majority of the world ignores spiritual uncleanness. The world is expert at creating and promoting sinful items and activities. Focus is placed upon self-pleasure over honoring God.

Sadly, many in the church will purchase the sinful items of the world and participate in the world’s sinful activities. Believers will allow themselves to be made unclean, rather than fleeing sin and being holy.

God is pure and holy and expects His people to be the same. Jesus paid the price for sin so that one who believes could be made clean. Repentance will allow a person to be made clean.

Once made clean, one must not go back to the sin and touch it again. Rather than touching sin and being made unclean, he should flee the sin and turn to God. Focus should be made on serving God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength, rather than pleasing oneself for a season in sin and getting dirty.

Just as one avoids physical dirt, the believer should avoid spiritual dirt in his life.

The world has a billion ways to get you to touch something and get dirty. This can be found in things that you can see, touch, taste, do, and hear. Satan is out to get you to get dirty in whatever method possible.

You may not be able to avoid physical dirt in your life, but you can avoid spiritual dirt–sin. Do not allow yourself to get caught up in the dirty, sinful ways of this fallen world. Since Jesus has cleansed you, live your life holy and pure and remain clean before God.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be cleansed by the blood of Jesus of any sin in your life; that you will flee to God when sin approaches you; and that you will refuse to sin against God by touching the sin of this world.

Numbers 8:5 Set Apart And Clean

Take the Levites from among all the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean. Numbers 8:5

Not every person can do every job that there is. People have to be set apart for specific jobs. This is often determined by skills and training or education.

Along with all of this, some jobs require a level of cleanness above the normal being clean. Surgeons must scrub themselves spotlessly clean prior to doing their work. If one does not have the required skills or is not clean, he will not be allowed to do the work.

God told Moses to take the Levites from among the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.

During the time of Moses, one had to be set apart and then go through a physical ritual to be cleaned before God in order to do the work of God in the tabernacle. It was a process that looked forward to the time of Jesus and what believers would have to do.

Every person who is a believer in Jesus is also a worker of God in His church. The first thing that occurs is a person is set apart from the world, becoming a believer. Instead of going through a ritual today, one must repent of his sins and believe in the work of Jesus to remove those sins and make him clean, not just ceremonially clean, before God.

At this point the believer is set apart from the world. He is no longer following the sinful ways of the world, but God’s holy and righteous ways.

According to the world, he will look strange and different. He becomes a stranger in this world, just passing through, heading to a new place in heaven for eternity. At this point, one is ready to do the full work of God on this planet.

God has a work for you to do. In order to be ready to do it, you must be set apart and made clean before God.

Choose today to believe in the work of Jesus upon the cross. Repent of your sins and allow Jesus to make you pure and holy, setting you apart from the world. Obey the commands of God that will give you eternal life, rather than the sinful ways of this world that will bring only death.

Now go out and do the work of God building His kingdom here on earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be set apart for the work of God; that you will be separated from the sin of this world; that you will be clean and holy before God and man; and that God will guide you in building His kingdom each day.

Leviticus 22:32 It Is God Who Makes You Holy

Do not profane my holy name, for I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the Lord, who made you holy Leviticus 22:32

Being able to accomplish something on their own is what most people like to strive for. Praise is often given for those who are self-made millionaires. It displays hard work and dedication to succeed when it appears that they did it on their own.

No one can really succeed completely on his own. Everyone needs at least some help from others to make it big. Some will recognize this, but many do not.

God reminds the people to not profane His holy name, because He must be acknowledged as holy and is the One who made them holy.

Throughout the church there are many people who take great pride in following the rules and commands of God in their life. They feel as if they are holy because of all the things that they do in obeying God.

While obeying God is great, it is not what makes one holy before God. From the moment a person sins one time as a child, he is no longer holy and can never be holy in his own abilities or power. There is a death sentence upon his head for the rest of eternity, unless removed by God.

The Israelites, under the law, had to offer certain sacrifices in order to be made holy. When the sacrifice was offered, God made them holy, not the work that they did.

Jesus, dying upon the cross and raising from the dead, became the sacrifice for all mankind. It is by His sacrificial blood that any person is made holy. All a person must do is believe in Jesus, repent of his sins and God will make him holy, not his own personal sacrifices.

Nothing you can personally do will ever make you holy before God. Sin has infected your life and will keep you from ever being holy on your own.

The good news is that Jesus can make you holy. Turn away from sin, so that you do not profane God’s holy name, believe in Jesus and allow Him to make you holy by removing all of your sin.

Once your sins are removed, live in the holiness God has given you. Begin to obey His commands and flee from all sin. Be holy as He is holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the forgiveness of sins Jesus offers; that you will allow Jesus to make you holy; that you will live a holy life as God has called you to live; and that you will trust God for your holiness.

Leviticus 21:6 Be Holy As You Give To God

They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God. Because they present the food offerings to the Lord, the food of their God, they are to be holy. Leviticus 21:6

People who work in a restaurant or any other place dealing with serving food must keep themselves clean of any dirt. They are required to wash their hands on a regular basis. Many times they are required to wear gloves and a face covering.

All these regulations are to protect the food from contamination which, in turn, protects others.

The priests were told to be holy and not profane the name of God and that because they present the food offerings to God, they must be holy.

Believers are no longer required by God to offer food offerings to God as sacrifices. Food offerings were done away with when Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for all.

Even though a believer does not need to offer a physical food offering, there are many other offerings he may give. There are offerings of praise and worship, thanks, time, abilities, prayer and ministry that can be offered as a sacrifice unto God.

Regardless of which offering a believer is offering up to God, he must not profane the name of God. In other words, he must be holy as God is holy and not be defiled with sin in his life. This can be done by repentance and trust in the cleansing of sin by Jesus.

The call to be holy is not just in the Old Testament, nor just for priests of the Levitical priesthood, but for every believer in Jesus. Every believer is now the temple of God, which must be holy and pure for God to dwell in.

As a believer, you are expected by God to offer up sacrifices of praise, prayer and more to Him. You are now a priest before God, regardless of your position in this world.

Do not allow yourself to be defiled and contaminated with the sin of this world. Stive to be holy as God is holy out of love for God for what He did for you in the death and resurrection of Jesus. If and when you do sin, repent of those sins and fleeing all sin and be holy.

God has opened the door for you to present offerings to Him, do not profane His name in the process, but be holy.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will repent of any sins against God; that you will be holy as God is holy; that you will present offerings to God on a regular basis; and that you will allow Jesus to keep you holy.

Leviticus 14:46 Not Getting Yourself Dirty

Anyone who goes into the house while it is closed up will be unclean till evening. Leviticus 14:46

Anytime that a place has some dangerous chemicals in it or something else that is dangerous, most people are unwilling to go near it. They do not want to be in any area that is dangerous to their health.

However, there are many people who will go in anyways because they do not see the danger directly. They feel that they will be ok because there are no immediate signs of danger and their health appears to still be good.

God told the people that while a house is shut up to be cleansed of any mold, if anyone goes in, he will be unclean until evening.

In this world there are many dangers that do not show up on the surface. They may take years before the danger shows up in the life of a person. Diseases and sicknesses often appear as nothing at first, until they take over the body.

Sin works in the same way as many diseases and molds in this life. It does not appear to be dangerous, and one can do it often without any immediate harm.

People are quick to walk into places of sin and defilement and think that they are safe. Temptations rise and grab at their heart and mind. Very few will flee the temptations and free themselves from the sin. Giving into the temptations, they are defiled.

Believers must be willing to stay away from places of temptation to sin. Keeping their mind and body in places where God is lifted up will keep them from being infected with sin. Focusing one’s life upon God and His word, will keep one from slipping into sin when around places of sin in this world.

Every day you will go to various places. Some of those places you will have a choice as to whether you go there or not, and other places you must go without options.

Do not allow yourself to step into places that will be quick to lead you into sin or away from God. Keep yourself from being defiled with sin and death.

Stay in Christ where there is forgiveness and life. Bring Christ into wherever you go that others may know the forgiveness and life He brings. Seek God’s direction on where to go or not to go in this life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all temptation and sin; that you will repent of any sins and seek God’s forgiveness in Jesus; and that you will not allow yourself to be defiled with sin.