Topic: Unclean Priests
[DCLM Daily Manna 27 September 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: Numbers 19:1-10 (KJV)
Key Verse: “Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even“ (Numbers 19:7).
Corrie Ten Boom was once quoted to have said, “Look around and be distressed, look inside and be depressed, look at Jesus and be at rest.” Her quotation adequately depicts the situation of man and sin.
Israel had sinned in the wilderness and many of the people had died as a result. The mass death meant people had to make physical contact with the corpses, which made them unclean. God, in this passage, outlined the processes whereby uncleanness would be easily removed. It is interesting to note that the priests who carried out the procedure, became unclean, but only for one day, because they had performed an act of purification without the camp. Here comes the challenge. The pollution affects the people as well as the priest.
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In the process of preparing the water of purification, the priest himself became unclean. The priest needed cleansing just like the men and women he sought to help. What a great contrast the human priest was to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only One untainted by sin. He was not affected by the pollution of sin; though He was tempted in every way, yet He sinned not.
As you step out today, stop struggling in your own power. Your human efforts will amount to much labour without any success. Cast all your burdens on the Lord and He will sustain you. His grace is sufficient for you today, to make you remain clean and perfect even as the Lord, your God is perfect.
Thought For The Day: God’s grace makes the unclean to become clean.
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