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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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Army camps tended to be lax in sanitation and cleanliness. What is written here is an extension of the rules for sanitation and cleanliness given to all Israel in Leviticus 15. But did you notice the reason Moses gives for these rules? “For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore your camp shall be holy…” (v.14)

The Lord God, creator of heaven and earth, desired to walk among them (see also Leviticus 26:12). God desires to walk with us also. We often refer to Enoch as the one who walked with God, and so he did. But what we seldom talk about is that the great God of the universe was willing to walk with Enoch. And God made this so strikingly clear when Jesus came to this earth as “Immanuel, which is translated, ‘God with us.’” (Matthew 1:23)

Have you noticed that when two people regularly walk together that either they are establishing or they are maintaining a wonderful relationship? Enoch “studied the character of God to a purpose. He did not mark out his own course. He strove to conform himself to the divine likeness.” (EGW, 1BC 1087)

“Dear God, like Moses my only wish is, ‘Show me your glory [character].’ And help to clean up the disorderly and unclean areas of my life.”

John Ash
Chinese Union Mission
Hong Kong