“But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean” (Numbers 19:20).TEXT — Numbers 19:11-22
Revivalist, Smith Wigglesworth, once said, “Two things will get you to leap out of yourselves into the promises of God today. One is purity, and the other is faith, which is kindled more and more by purity. How great is the position of a man who is born of God, born of purity, born of faith, born of life, born of power!”
This passage deals with the application of ashes for purification. It was one of the laws that were meant to prevent the defilement of the tabernacle; but like several Old Testament laws, it was ceremonial. However, it emphasises God’s hatred for pollution and uncleanliness. Anyone who touched a dead body would be unclean and must purify themselves with a heifer on the third day. Similarly, the water of separation must be sprinkled upon such, without which they would remain unclean. Without purification, the person would defile the tabernacle and be cut off from Israel.
The situation was so serious that even people who were in the tent when a person died, those who touched someone killed with a sword in open fields, along with individuals who touched the bones of the dead or their graves were all deemed unclean. Thank God for Jesus Christ who died on the cross for us and washed us clean with His blood. We do not need to go through such ceremonial practices for cleansing as our Lord and Saviour has done it for us, once and for all.
Everyone on earth must be washed with the blood of Jesus for the purification to happen in their lives. Those who fail to repent of their sins will be judged unclean and cut off from the congregation of the saints in heaven.
Thought for the day
Anyone who has not been to Jesus has not experienced real cleansing.
- in one year
- 1 SAMUEL 21 – 22