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DON’T BE SO ANXIOUS TO TOUCH

February 14, 2017

Tuesday

 

Leviticus 5:2-3

 

‘Or if a person touches any unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean beast or the carcass of unclean cattle or a carcass of unclean swarming things, though it is hidden from him and he is unclean, then he will be guilty. ‘Or if he touches human uncleanness, of whatever sort his uncleanness may be with which he becomes unclean, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know it, he will be guilty.

 

LESSON

 

The purification [sin] offering dealt with the pollution caused by sin. If sin polluted the land, it defiled particularly the house where God dwelt. The seriousness of pollution depended on the seriousness of the sin, which in turn related to the status of the sinner. If a private citizen sinned, his action polluted the sanctuary only to a limited extent. Therefore the blood of the purification offering was only smeared on the horns of the altar of burnt sacrifice.

If, however, the whole nation sinned or the holiest member of the nation, the high priest, sinned, this was more serious. The blood had to be taken inside the tabernacle and sprinkled on the veil and the altar of incense. Finally over the period of a year the sins of the nation could accumulate to such an extent that they polluted even the holy of holies, where God dwelt. If he was to continue to dwell among his people, this too had to be cleansed in the annual day of atonement ceremony.

Under the New Covenant, the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses the believer from all sin. God will restore the sinner who appeals to him for forgiveness on the basis of the purifying blood of the sacrifice. Anyone who becomes aware of obligations left undone or impure contacts left unpurified must make confession and find forgiveness through God’s provision of atonement.

Christ died as the final “sin offering.” He was without flaw, “sinless”. He was our “Substitute”. He died “outside the camp”. And His Father forsook Him for our sake.

 

Memory Verse: Isaiah 52:11

 

Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.

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