devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2323
Num 19:14 “This is the law when a human dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent and everyone who is in the tent will be contaminated seven days.
Num 19:15 And every open vessel that has no cover fastened on it is contaminated.
Num 19:16 Whoever in the open field touches someone who was killed with a sword or who died naturally, or touches a human bone or a grave, will be contaminated seven days.
Num 19:17 For the contaminated they will take some ashes of the burnt mistake offering, and fresh water will be added in a vessel.
Num 19:18 Then a pure person will take hyssop and dip it in the water and spritz it on the tent and on all the furnishings and on the souls who were there and on whoever touched the bone, or the slain or the dead or the grave.
Num 19:19 And the pure person will spritz it on the contaminated on the third day and on the seventh day. Thus on the seventh day he will purify him, and he will wash his clothes and bathe himself in water, and at evening he will be pure.
Num 19:20 “If the man who is contaminated does not purify himself, that soul will be eliminated from the midst of the collected assembly, since he has defiled the sanctuary of Yahveh. Because the water for impurity has not been tossed on him, he is contaminated.
Num 19:21 And it will be a permanent prescription for them. The one who spritzes the water for impurity will wash his clothes, and the one who touches the water for impurity will be contaminated until evening.
Num 19:22 And whatever the contaminated person touches will be contaminated, and any soul who touches it will be contaminated until evening.”
looking beyond death
In the old covenant community, refusal to become ritually purified after coming in contact with a corpse was in itself a capital crime. It was a choice to reject the LORD offered — hope beyond our present mortality. A dead body is a reminder of our ancestral sin, and the price we all pay for that event. To refuse the LORD’s purification is to embrace that death — that is not what God wants of us. We must accept that death will happen, but we must never forget that it is am abberation.
LORD, give us the courage to trust in your solution for the problem of death — to look beyond it to the resurrection.