“And if a woman has an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even” (Leviticus 15:19).TEXT — Leviticus 15:19-33
An injury to one is an injury to all,” is a motto popularly used by industrial workers around the world. Workers have adopted it as a mark of solidarity to protect each member against attempts by employers to curtail labour rights and privileges. If one worker is wronged, his colleagues presume they have all been wronged and are therefore called upon to show solidarity by staying away from work.
Thousands of years before the labour men decided on linking injury to one to injury to all, God announced a weightier connection. If an Israelite woman was unclean from her menstrual flow, all those who touched her beddings and clothing also became defiled. They would continue in that condition until they observed the purification rites. This was meant by the Lord to ensure His people were pure and separate from other nations which did not obey such strict laws of cleanliness.
On a wider New Testament scale, God was pointing out the need for His people to watch against sin. If one member of the assembly broke the law, the action could affect the entire body as it did with Miriam and Achan. Paul got it right with his allusion to sin as a leaven. “…Know ye not that a little leaven (sin) leaveneth the whole lump?” (1 Corinthians 5:6). There should be personal and collective responsibility not to allow any shade of sin in the gathering of the saints.
There is no doubt that these ceremonial laws of the Old Testament do not apply to present-day believers. But they are symbolic of heaven’s demand that we should not just seek hygienic soundness; we should also seek to live a life devoid of defilement. This honours the Lord and keeps Him in our midst, while it also serves to give a good report of our faith.
Thought for the day
The festering of evil stops at the position of a non-conformist.
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