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Thursday, August 16, 2012

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God’s law for Israel did not focus exclusively on the process of approaching the LORD. The holiness of God demanded holiness of the people. Numbers 5 mentions two types of “holiness.” The camp of Israel was to be hygienically clean. Those with communicable diseases and bodily discharges and those who had touched a dead body were to be temporarily excluded from living in the camp so as not to spread the disease to others.  The camp was also to be free from emotional pain. Thus, the ritual of the “jealous husband” addresses the attitude that might destroy marital love, which also is sacred and holy.

 

The presence of God banishes every kind of uncleanness. It is for this reason that in the New Testament Christ did not hesitate to touch the leprous, the woman with the issue of blood, and the dead.  There was healing power in His touch and acts.  He demonstrated his perfect respect for the Mosaic Law, but not His rejection of it. Christ was the living tabernacle in the midst of the Jewish nation. He demonstrated the power and effect of holiness in the presence of all kinds of evil. Christ was taken to the cross and crucified by evil men because they did not want to be exposed to the holiness of God.

 

As we come closer to Christ and our hearts are exposed to the holiness of God, we see more of our weakness and sinfulness and the need of a loving Savior, for His holiness draws us to Him.

 

Mark Sheffield

Southern Adventist University