The Danger of Being Unclean
Leviticus 13:45-46, "And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean. All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be."
We are in a section of the book of Leviticus that speaks to the civil and ceremonial order God commanded for the children of Israel. In today's reading we have the law concerning childbirth (motherhood), and the law concerning leprosy, and it's cleansing. There is a great type concerning leprosy, it is a type of sin. Leprosy is a disease that is highly contagious, very devastating, and infects almost everything it touches. It required isolation (living outside the camp), and a pronouncement of being "unclean." The Scripture clearly states, "...he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be." (vs. 46)
Nothing is more devastating and dangerous than sin. I can't say what I want to say any better than Matthew Henry in his Concise Commentary, " When the priest had pronounced the leper unclean, it put a stop to his business in the world, cut him off from his friends and relations, and ruined all the comfort he could have in the world. He must humble himself under the mighty hand of God, not insisting upon his cleanness, when the priest had pronounced him unclean, but accepting the punishment. Thus must we take to ourselves the shame that belongs to us, and with broken hearts call ourselves Unclean, unclean; heart unclean, life unclean; unclean by original corruption, unclean by actual transgression; unclean, therefore deserving to be for ever shut out from communion with God, and all hope of happiness in him; unclean, therefore undone, if infinite mercy do not interpose. The leper must warn others to take heed of coming near him. He must then be shut out of the camp, and afterward, when they came to Canaan, be shut out of the city, town, or village where he lived, and dwell with none but those that were lepers like himself. This typified the purity which ought to be in the gospel church."
Jesus' shed blood is the only cure for the leprosy of sin in a person's life. I hope you understand the danger of being unclean, and if you haven't trusted Christ as your Saviour that today will be that day.
Your Friend and HIS,
QUESTIONS TO PONDER
1. Are you 100% sure that you have been cleansed of your sins? How does that happen?
2. How does sin impair your ability to live life? What does it do in separating people?
3. Sin separates us from God? What is the only solution for your sin?