chronic contamination

marmsky devotions pics September 2016 (5)

Leviticus 15:25-27

Lev 15:25 “If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, not at the time of her menstrual impurity, or if she has a discharge beyond the time of her impurity, all the days of the discharge she will continue in contamination. As in the days of her impurity, she will be contaminated.
Lev 15:26 Every bed on which she lies, all the days of her discharge, will be to her as the bed of her impurity. And every container on which she sits will be contaminated, as in the contamination of her menstrual impurity.
Lev 15:27 And whoever touches these things will be contaminated, and will wash his clothes and bathe himself in water and be contaminated until the evening.

chronic contamination

The Israelites had to treat a case of chronic discharge as a contamination as well. Anytime it happened, it was a reminder that in the human heart there is something wrong. Once again, I have to say that it is important for us not to get Pharisaical about this. The symbol was always to be recognised as a symbol, and not the thing itself. In this case, the discharge of blood symbolised the evil that proceeds from the heart. For that reason, the woman was considered ceremonially impure.

So this particular rule reminds us that some are so deeply ingrained in their sin that impure words and thought will constantly come out of them. That does not make them beyond hope of redemption, but it does mean that we must be particularly careful not to be contaminated by their “discharge.”

LORD, make us a pure people in a chronically contaminated world.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a former Christian missionary.
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