Leviticus 15: Live like a Tabernacle
I think that all of Leviticus chapter 15 can be summed up by the following verse near the end of that chapter.
Lev 15:31 Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.
The purpose of everything that we have read so far about becoming clean or the unfortunate situation of being unclean comes back to this. We want to separate people from their uncleanness because it defiles the tabernacle.
Wait a minute. Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like what we are supposed to do today as Christians?
We are supposed to separate ourselves from the sin in our lives.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Jesus came into the world to bring forgiveness to us. Without him, that never would’ve happened. We would have died in our uncleanness so to speak.
Now, we don’t have a literal tabernacle today, but the idea is virtually identical.
1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Co 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
We have the Holy Spirit living in us, so just like the Israelites did not defile their tabernacle with uncleanness, we should not defile our bodies with uncleanness or sin.
Although the process is definitely different today, the point is virtually identical. We need Jesus to help separate us from our sin. He will forgive us in the Holy Spirit will come to live within us if we truly give our lives to God. We need to be clean before we can have the Holy Spirit within us though. That forgiveness from Jesus is what makes that process happen.
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Isn’t it pretty awesome that we can be forgiven for all of the sin that holds us back?