Archive for September 29th, 2011

Leviticus 15

Leviticus 15 tackles a couple areas that the people were to pay attention to.  Let’s begin with the consequences here to give an indication of how seriously God looked at these things: “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”.  God took the instruction here seriously.  These were  not mere suggestions on what to do.  They were direct orders and expectations and failure to obey was not acceptable.  While the exact issue here may not be dealt with the same way today – this part of the story remains.  God expects and demands obedience.  When we fail to obey, there will be consequences.

Most of the world today wants to see God as a giver of grace.  And He is – that is an accurate portrayal of our God.  But the other side of the coin is that He also is a holy and just God and cannot just overlook disobedience and sin.  We want to see Him that way.  We want to believe He will give us a pass when we choose to disobey.  But He can’t, He won’t, and there will be consequences to that decision to sin.  Most then believe it won’t really matter in the end – somehow God would never send us away for eternity separated from Him.  Unfortunately there are going to be a whole lot of surprised people at Judgment day because of those assumptions.

In this chapter Moses and Aaron are told to instruct the people on how men and woman were to deal with discharges from their body.  In men it seems related to STD’s and sexual activity, in women it is around menstruation.  God cared about how both sexes dealt with their sexual organs, particularly when there were situations resulting from potential improper use of such earlier in life.  Bottom line is that God created sex, it is a good thing and part of His plan for marriage, but when treated improperly and not protected inside the bounds of marriage, bad things happen.

The instruction here is given over a dozen times – if there were issues it had to be confessed and atoned for.  Sacrifices were needed and cleaning required.  Over and over the passage says: “shall wash his clothes and bathe himself in water”.  It doesn’t say it once, or twice, but almost a dozen times.  So there were many forms of sexual discharge and impurity that needed attention.  Sex that is not part of God’s plan inside marriage causes issues.  We need to be cleansed and most of all stop whatever activity is outside God’s plan.  It is a God created, God ordained part of marriage.  But it needs to be guarded and protected as such – not something that can be done whenever and however we choose.  Remember the first part of this post – God takes obedience seriously.  Never forget that one day we will stand before Him and give an account!

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