Everyone is unclean at some point in their lives. Some of us just more so than others. So what do you do when you have an unclean people and a holy God who can not stand uncleanness in His presence? You don’t want their uncleanness to cause their destruction. So how do you separate their uncleanness from YHWH’s tabernacle?
Well, the simplest and easiest way would be to set down some ground rules. Set up some basic rules and expectations of ways to keep the uncleanness away from the presence of the one whose holiness would consume the one with the uncleanness. Once that uncleanness is dealt with and accounted for, that should allow life to go on as needed.
Do we recognize our need to separate our sin from His holiness? Do we attempt to pursue Him while still being consumed by our sins, or do we come to Him with a repentant heart? Do we acknowledge our uncleanness emitted through our actions as sins, and do we come to Him for forgiveness; or do we just excuse them as “flaws” that give us character and personality? What is our attitude about our uncleanness and the “emissions” in our lives?
Leviticus 14 is another long chapter with almost 60 verses, but the subject matter is very important. Chapter 13 was about leprosy and how to discern leprosy from not leprosy. Meanwhile, this chapter is about cleansing. It’s about overcoming the problems and being able to return to health and life. It is about hope and the process of coming to cleansing. Leprosy was considered to be one of the more incurable diseases of the time. Once you had true leprosy, there was little hope of ever living a normal life again. It was generally a death sentence.
But this chapter brings hope. It brings the promise that a person can come out of it. This is a chapter of cleansing. In this chapter the priests and people are given instructions on what to do when a person is shown to be clean. What steps are necessary to allow them to return to the lives that they lost… their homes, their families. It is a promise that there are no true lost causes.
When i look and think about this, i think about those who have been consumed by drug and alcohol abuse. Those who lose their lives and purpose due to choices they have made over the years. There is hope. YHWH can bring cleansing and strength to those who need it. But it’s not limited only to drug and alcohol abuse. It is also for all other sins.
We are not without a way out. God can make a way. Not only can He, but He does time after time, day after day. No situation… no life is hopeless. We need simply to pursue Him. He is the one who brings cleansing.
The seven days of anointing are over. Aaron, his sons, and the tabernacle have all been purified, anointed, and set apart for the work of service. So now the eighth day has come and Moses gathers the people. It is time to come before the LORD and for YHWH to reveal His presence upon that place.
Aaron and his sons offer the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and the peace offering, and the grain offering. All that needs to be done to prepare for this moment has been done. It’s so much hard work to do all of this. It requires so much dedication and effort to see the work to it’s end. In the end though, when YHWH shows up, nothing else matters. Nothing! “Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the LORD (YHWH) appeared to all the people. Then fire came out from before the LORD (YHWH) and consumed the burnt offering and the portions of fat on the altar; and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.”
Do we pursue YHWH? I mean really pursue Him? Do we seek Him, and look for Him, and desire Him? Are we willing to put our whole heart into that pursuit, or do we just kind of look for him and hope that He shows up? We need to be willing to put the work and effort into pursuing God. If we are not willing to anoint, purify, and set ourselves and our situation apart for YHWH, we will find that we do not find God’s presence. And, we NEED to find His presence… His glory!