death is bad, resurrection is good

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Leviticus 11:29-38

Lev 11:29 “And these are contaminated to you among the swarming things that swarm on the ground: the mole rat, the mouse, the great lizard of any kind,
Lev 11:30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon.
Lev 11:31 These are contaminated to you among all that swarm. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be contaminated until the evening.
Lev 11:32 And anything on which any of them falls when they are dead will be contaminated, whether it is an container of wood or clothes or a skin or a sack, any container that is used for any purpose. It must be put into water, and it will be contaminated until the evening; then it will be clean.
Lev 11:33 And if any of them falls into any clay pottery container, all that is in it will be unclean, and you will break it.
Lev 11:34 Any food in it that could be eaten, on which water comes, will be contaminated. And all drink that could be drunk from every such container will be contaminated.
Lev 11:35 And everything on which any part of their carcass falls will be contaminated. Whether oven or stove, it will be broken in pieces. They are contaminated and will remain contaminated for you.
Lev 11:36 Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern holding water will be pure, but whoever touches a carcass in them will be contaminated.
Lev 11:37 And if any part of their carcass falls upon any seed grain that is to be planted, it is pure,
Lev 11:38 but if water is put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it, it is contaminated to you.

death is bad, resurrection is good

Most of the restrictions concerning unclean ground swarmers has to do with death: restrictions about eating things or coming into contact with their carcasses. There is, however, an interesting exception. Any carcass coming into contact with a seed does not necessarily contaminate it. That is because once a seed is buried, it will be resurrected into a new living plant. Conclusion: death is bad, resurrection is good. That sounds utterly simplistic, but the fact is most Christians still believe that death is a reward. The Bible is clear on the subject. Death is a consequence of sin, and an enemy, not a friend. Resurrection is the true believer’s hope.

There is also an exception to the exception. If a seed is in standing water, and a carcass falls on it, it is contaminated. Perhaps this is a foreshadowed warning about believer’s baptism. Let no one presume that baptism alone will save him, if he is still dead in his sin. Baptism symbolises death to the old self, and resurrection to a new, repented self.

LORD, thank you for the gospel hope of a resurrection unto eternal life.


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1 Response to death is bad, resurrection is good

  1. garyparking says:

    Very interesting exegesis and this passage. In John 16:8 the NIV says When he comes he will convict the world of guilt. I thought the text would say he would convict the world of sin. I have thought guilt comes from sin. What do think pf this phrase? In verse 10 the text says in regard to righteousness because I am going to the Father. I don’t understand the relationship between righteousness and him going away.

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