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Good Morning.

If a person touches any unclean thing, whether it is the carcass of an unclean beast, or the carcass of unclean livestock, or the carcass of unclean creeping things, and he is unaware of it, he also shall be unclean and guilty. (Leviticus 5:2)

As I shared in the previous devotion, God described certain situations whereby anyone who wished to draw near to Him but had found themselves in these particular situations was expected to bring a “trespass offering.” The verse above addresses those who have become ritually unclean through contact with a carcass, which is to say death and corruption. Notice, that is may not have been intentional but, nevertheless, the offering was necessary IF the person wanted to approach a Holy God.

The idea of refraining from making contact with unclean things is not exclusive to the Old Testament but can be seen in the New Testament as well, albeit, in a different light. For instance, the Gospels record how, on multiple occasions lepers, regarded as the walking dead and therefore segregated from the rest of society, approached Messiah asking to be healed — and they were. Then there was the woman with the issue of blood — also regarded as unclean and excluded from the community — reached out to touch the fringes on Messiah’s garment that she might be healed — and she was. Then there are the instances when Messiah went into a place where someone lay dead and were, at His Word, resurrected from death.

The point is, because God is holy, as His people we are to strive to be holy and should not, intentionally anyway, dabble and mingle with anything that is unclean and resembles death. This is exactly what Paul was addressing when he challenged us not to be “unequally yoked.” To underscore his point, he quoted the Scripture that said, “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

In short, God expects us to avoid that which renders death and corruption. However, if we have fallen into such a state, unintentionally or not, all is not lost. Yeshua has the power to transform the unclean into clean, and to make what was once corruptible, holy and acceptable unto God. Today, let us offer our thanks and gratitude to Him for the precious and eternal gift He has given to us — life in Him and everlasting life with Him.

Blessings and Shalom,  




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