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The Poor; House Leprosy; Secret Uncleanness
Chapter 14 Leviticus 14 & 15
The Poor . . . Changes for their benefit . . . More demanded of the Rich . . . House Leprosy . . . The Earth infected . . . Its ultimate cleansing . . . Secret Uncleanness . . . Involuntary corruption . . . A good moral and spiritual discipline.
Up to now, I have commented on Leviticus Chapter 14 as far as Verse 21. From here, there are certain modifications (changes) of the law for the cleansing of lepers, mainly for the unusual circumstances of the poor. In all ordinary cases, the man to be cleansed was to present three lambs, and three tenth-deals of flour (Lev.14:10).
But here God says: Lev.14:21-32 And if he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved, to make an atonement for him, and one tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil; 22 And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering. 23 And he shall bring them on the eighth day for his cleansing unto the priest, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the LORD. 24 And the priest shall take the lamb of the trespass offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: 25 And he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, and the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot: 26 And the priest shall pour of the oil into the palm of his own left hand: 27 And the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the LORD: 28 And the priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place of the blood of the trespass offering: 29 And the rest of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed, to make an atonement for him before the LORD. 30 And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such as he can get;31 Even such as he is able to get, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, with the meat offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed before the LORD. 32 This is the law of him in whom is the plague of leprosy, whose hand is not able to get that which pertaineth to his cleansing. (KJV)
Similar exceptions were made in favor of the poor, in Leviticus Chapters 1, 2 and 5. The poor man has often been overlooked, in the days of old, and in today’s world! Those in the more favored classes choose to pass him by, to forget and even to despise him. But God does NOT forget the poor, and neither should we! The directions for this case of leprosy is just as special and commanding as any contained in this ritual. The LORD would therefore assure him of his care . . . that he has for him the same deep interest as for others, and brings atonement just as equally within his reach as for the middle class or the rich. There is a common level in God’s government, where "the rich and poor meet together, and the Lord is the Maker of them all" (Pro.22:2). The poor are God’s children, just as much as those who are rich . . . so much more because SO many of the rich turn their backs on God and His Holy Word.
Mat. 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV)
Mat. 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (KJV)
Luke 18:25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (KJV)
1 Tim. 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. (KJV)
Almighty God the Father anointed His only begotten Son Jesus, to preach the Gospel to the poor. Even the most neglected and oppressed poor person has just as good a chance to cleansing and Heaven, and can count as much on the compassion and grace of God as his better-off neighbor. If the poor cannot get three lambs, he is just as welcome and acceptable with one lamb and two doves. The poor widow's mite cast into the treasury of the LORD, receives a higher commendation than all the costly donations of the wealthy (Mark 12:41-44). Poor Mary, with her two young pigeons (Luke 2:22-24), was just as completely cleansed, as she who could bring lamb, a year old.
Although the law did favor the leper who was poor, it did NOT exempt him. God made the burden to agree with his strength, but He did NOT remove it. If he could not bring three lambs, he still had to bring one lamb and two doves. If he could not get three deals of flour, one deal had to be forthcoming. There are some people who make poverty a virtue, and claim exemption from everything because they are poor . . . back then and today! But God's commands are upon the poor, as well as upon those more favored in earthly possessions. He does not excuse them because they are indigent. The poor are sinners just as other men, and must be cleansed by the same processes. There is NO more merit in being poor than in being rich. Poverty cannot save a man. Beggars may go down to eternal death as well as millionaires. There is often as much crime in rags, as in purple and fine linen. ALL classes are infected; and all classes must have the choice of the Blood of the Lamb, and receive upon them the exact same "blood of sprinkling," and the same consecrating oil of the Spirit. Without the Blood of Christ, NO one can be cleansed . . . not if they are as rich as Solomon, or as indigent as Lazarus.
Acts 17:30-31 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (KJV)
ANYONE can come to Christ . . . but ALL people must come through Christ. There is NO other way of salvation (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). No matter what a person’s earthly estate may be, there is absolutely NO hope of eternal life in Heaven EXCEPT in that Great High-Priest whom God hath set over His House! We ALL must "draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water" (Heb.10:22).
A larger amount is required from the rich than from the poor. In God's account, three lambs and three tenth-deals of flour, are necessary on the part of the man of means, to equal the one lamb, and the one tenth-deal, on the part of the poor man. Religion taxes every man, but those levies are always according to our ability. If we are able to give much, God holds us bound to give much, and we are unfaithful to our obligations if we do not give much; and if we are not able to give much, we must still give something, and the little that we are able to give, if we give it with a believing heart, is the same in the Eye of God as if we had given as much as the richest. If we have received freely, we must give freely. "Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48). God has inserted this in His Law and in His Gospel; and no man is free to neglect it.
Proceeding now to another subject, which is the leprosy as it affected houses, that is found in Lev.14:33-56. Some think it was a sort of wall painting blossoming, which often shows up in damp cellars and ground-floors, and so decomposes walls and plastering, affecting and damaging everything near it, and sometimes can destroy the entire building. Others think it was a disorder caused by microscopic organisms which eroded the walls, and finally destroyed them, if not stopped. Or, maybe we would do better if we would agree with the Rabbis and early Christian Fathers, who believed that this leprosy was NOT natural, but sent by God as a shocking judgment, to force men to the public acknowledgment and punishment of some hidden negligence or crime. It was as if the stone crying out of the wall against the sinner, and the beam out of the timber answering it (Hab. 2:11.) It was like a great domestic affliction, saying, "This is not your rest, because it is polluted" (Mic.2:10). It was the Hand of God upon the forgetters of His Law. It was "the curse of the LORD, in the houseof the wicked" " (Pro.3:33).
Its symbolic meaning will at once state itself, clearly pointing to the fact, that not only man and his surroundings in life, but his very dwelling-place . . . the Earth itself is infected. There is disorder attached to the actual rocks and ground on which we walk. It goes back to God's dealing with Adam, there we find it written, "Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee" (Gen.3:17). From that very moment until now, a dark cloud settled upon the glory in which God had made this world. Nature itself suffers for the sin of man. "The whole creation groaneth, and travaileth in pain together until now" (Rom.8:22). Sin’s stain has contaminated the beauty of the world, and a corroding leprosy crept into all its elements, discording its pristine harmony. Tempests, floods, fires; volcanoes, earthquakes, sandstorms and deserts; extreme seasons, infectious diseases, plagues and a thousand things of conflict, pain and death, combine to form the sad recurring echoes of the ongoing sentence pronounced in Eden against the SIN of man.
The whole of Earth reveals impurity, infection, disobedience and disorder. Walls and houses must be built to shelter us from its angry blasts. Even with all that we can do, the sea will at times overwhelm the best ships, hailstones blast up-and-coming harvests, famine and plagues reduce the strength of nations, earthquakes bury great cities in a common tomb, the sun flashes down death in its mighty rays and horrific winds come loaded with destruction and death.
The material world, though meant for spiritual as well as other good, has far too often been to man a source of defilement. Creation stands as a miracle to show us Almighty God’s Eternal Power and Godhead. Every ray of light is let down from God’s mysterious Heavens to lift our hearts into fellowship with "the Father of lights" (Jam.1:17), to stir us with loving adoration and praise. But, far too often God’s Creation launches UNBELIEF in people, and lures them away from devotion and peace. BEWARE dear one, mind the warning of our God! Deut. 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (KJV) . . . This goes for us as well, because we too are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the Promise.
Gal. 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 2 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)
How many people refuse to believe the Gospel is true? How many people insist that Moses was mistaken about the age of the Earth . . . or deny that man is immortal? How many fools deny the very existence of a Creator God? How many of the Earth's ‘goodies’ have proven to be mere baits and lures to unguarded souls and lead them to eternal death? How many people tempted to drunkenness by its wines, and its beautiful groves to the licentiousness (Gal.5:19) of the idolater? Jer.7:30-34 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. 31And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. 32Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place. 33 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away.
34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate. (KJV) . . . This DOES apply to today’s times! People today still have their “groves”. People today are still sacrificing their children! WHAT do YOU call ABORTION??? 33And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth . . . BEWARE!!! This shall happen! Rev. 19:17-18 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. (KJV) . . . I pray for your souls, you unbelievers, you can believe God (1 John 5:10). BE WISE AND ACCEPT WHAT JESUS DID ON THE CROSS FOR YOU (John 3:15-16). GOD WILL FORGIVE YOU! There is NO sin too great that God cannot forgive!
How often has the gold or silver of Earth’s rocks taken the place of God Himself, and secured everlasting condemnation to the unbeliever? (Mat.25:41, 46). And what scene of beauty found in this world, has drawn the heart of someone away from the LORD? Isa. 24:5-6 The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. (KJV)
Nature (Creation) is a crippled thing. She no longer does her work, for body or for soul, with the efficiency which was originally intended by the Creator! She is leprous. Everywhere, there are signs of some corroding disease. Isa. 24:4 The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. (KJV) . . . The stroke of the LORD is in our house . . . but it shall not always be so. The leprosy in our dwelling place may pass away just as leprosy in persons or in our clothing. God has appointed rites for its cleansing. The time is coming when: Rev. 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (KJV) . . . But . . . leprosy of our house shall be the last thing cleansed. Regeneration begins first in our spirit. From the spirit it extends to our outward life, then to the redemption of the body. And finally comes the outstanding deliverance: Rom. 8:21-23 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (KJV) . . . Not only our personal nature is to be renewed, but the very world in which we live. 2 Pet. 3:12-13 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (KJV)
Isa. 55:12-13 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off. (KJV)
Christ took Earth's thorns upon His Head, and He will yet bear them far away. He has mingled His Tears and His Blood with Earth’s dust, and dear one, Earth’s final sanctification is certain. Christ Jesus has knelt upon its mountains, He has walked on its seas, and gone down into the heart of its rocks and has set it apart to be HIS! In the new Earth (Rev.21), we shall see the dramatic performances of Christ Jesus’ mediatorial triumphs, for it shall be the eternal Home of all His saints. Dear one, it is only upon the idea of the ultimate and complete recovery of the world from all damage of sin, that what is with us now can be explained.
The first thing to be done to a leprous house was to have the affected stones removed, the walls scraped, and the plastering renewed. This done, all would wait to see what the effect would be upon its condition.
This seems to take us back to the Flood, and God's dealings with the Earth at that time. It was then that He broke up the old and tainted foundations, swept away the scum of its surface, and overcast it with a new order of things. It is impossible to say how tremendous the changes were made in the structure and installation of the Earth by the Flood . . . but we may imagine that they were very great. The incidence is spoken of in the Book of Job as a breaking down and overturning of the earth. Job 12:15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up: also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth. (KJV) . . . What was high, went down; and what was at the bottom of the sea rose into mountains. Rocks fresh from their deep quarries were put into the places of the old ones. New rivers and hills appeared. The old crust was broken and scraped off, and a fresh coating was put upon the face of the world. God did to the Earth, as He here orders it for a leprous house. Gen. 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. (KJV)
All is now in waiting, until our great High-Priest and Judge shall come forth again to review the Earth. After the lapse of an appropriate time of trial, which is left unknown in God’s Word, the priest was again to examine the leprous house that had been thus dealt with; and if the plague had broken out again, and had spread in the house, he was to break it down, "the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the mortar of the house, and carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place" (Lev.14:45). If the leprous symptoms were not stopped, it was to be completely and forever demolished. There was no further hope for it. It perished in its uncleanness.
The Earth is not past hope. It is to be reclaimed. It shall be cleansed. It shall not perish forever. I take this as a type, not of what is to befall the world, but of what would have befallen it without the redemption that has come in to stop its corruption and save it from ruin. To take this demolition of the incurable house as a type of what this world is to come to, is to say that the curse has broken out afresh since the flood, and spread far more thoroughly throughout the Earth than at first, is not true. The Earth is no more an infected place now than in the days before the Flood. We may say the leprosy is stayed, but the effects of it are still present. The Earth needs the cleansing ceremonies to restore it to its pristine purity and sweetness. The Earth has not grown worse since the time of Noah, it is the people in it that have grown worse!
Like the recovered but still uncleansed leper, the Earth may be seen as lingering on the outskirts of the camp, calling for the Priest, and uttering its mournful prayers for his forthcoming. Rom. 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (KJV) . . . The Earth is waiting for this same hope. So, it is proper for those cleansing rites which yet remain to be considered.
How was a leprous house to be cleansed? We have seen what was to be done to it when the first appearance of the plague was seen. We read that after the lapse of a suitable time to test whether the infection was stopped, "the priest shall come in and look upon it, and behold if the plague hath not spread in the house after it was plastered, then he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop; and he shall kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water; and he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times; but he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house, and it shall be clean." All this refers us back to the Blood-shedding, Death and Resurrection of Christ Jesus, and holds the great fact that the world is made clean to us now, and will be entirely cleansed hereafter, by the Redemptive work of our great High-Priest. It is "the blood of sprinkling," and "the washing of regeneration" in Christ Jesus that redeems us. It is part of Christ's purchase on Calvary, and part of the effectiveness of His Resurrection and Ascension (Acts 1:6-11), that cleanses the infected dwelling-place of man. Jesus took the whole curse of earth upon him, and by his stripes everything is healed. The Blood and Water that fell from His cross onto the Earth that day shall bless it. It has blessed it already. This speaketh better things than the blood of Abel (Heb.12:24). All its utterances are full of hope. Its words are promises. It says to every believer, "Thou shalt know that thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation, and shalt not sin." (Job 5:24). It is God's seal to assure us that "the righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever" (Ps.37:29). Because Jesus was slain, and has redeemed us to God by His precious Blood, the saints may sing their song, "We shall reign on the Earth." (Rev.5:10).
Some say that this dwelling-place of man (Earth), shall one day pass away and be no more. Had Christ having died, and NOT risen again, that might be so; but now a light of glory rises upon its future. It shall not die, but live. Great changes may yet pass upon it, but it shall survive unharmed. Rev. 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. (KJV)
The Savior's mighty deeds of love and care for us shall not be blotted out. The rocks on which He knelt, the dust He wore, the waters that He blessed, shall never become trophies of Hell, or be the prey of elimination. This wide world shall yet become a Garden of Eden, as God originally planned, where NONE shall shiver from freezing cold, or wither under scorching heat, or perish from any disease. Fields of snow and arid sands shall one day blossom as the rose. Isa.35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. (KJV)
Whatever the pangs of the new birth may be, the valleys lift up their voices, and this whole down-trodden Earth shall rejoice in a finished redemption. Rev.21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (KJV)
It shall be then, that: Isa.11:6-8 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (KJV)
This Earth was God's gift to man. It was his ancestral estate. It was man’s sin that shattered what God meant to be GOOD! If man repents and reforms, he shall be redeemed, and hold it by a Promise written in the Saviour's Blood.
Mat. 5:3-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (KJV)
1 John 5:10-13 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (KJV)
John 3:15-16 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 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. (KJV) . . . GOD DOES NOT LIE!!!
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (KJV)
We go now to Leviticus Chapter 15. It is Laws about bodily discharges. It is all the
uncleannesses numbered, and are for the most part, unknown except to the individual alone, so these sins refer to sins of solitude and secrecy. The lesson taught here is, we can be great sinners without any other person knowing anything about it. There may be NO word spoken, NO act done, NO intended motion put forth . . . and yet we still are unclean by a silent and unplanned oozing out of a carnal heart. There may be a very correct exterior life, but there is a secret cherishing of pride and lust and unbelief . . . and a secret painting of the walls with imagery, just as much making us unfit for society of the pure and good, as any open and eruption of wickedness. Pro. 23:7-a For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: (KJV) . . . Even the quiet and involuntary thoughts of natural feeling are often to be numbered with unclean things.
Dear one, it is amazing just how deep-rooted the contaminations of sin are. A man may be truly repentant, and may be a TRUE believer; he may be a good servant of God . . . BUT the realm of sin may NOT be dethroned in his heart. And every now and then, he will find the disgusting uncleanness of sin quietly and unintentionally escaping from him, corrupting himself and those who come in contact with him. His whole nature is still full of remaining corruption, that the least little thing causes it to trickle over. If he lies down to sleep, he finds it in his dreams. If he puts forth his hand to welcome a friend, the very touch sometimes awakens wrong things in the soul. He can by accident be thrown into an area of sin, and the very air around him seems at times to be loaded with lustful thoughts of impurity. His wickedness cleaves to him like an old sore, defiling his privacy with unclean thoughts and disrupts his restfulness with thoughts of evil. Uncleanness appears suddenly to him, even in some of the most holy associations.
Our Creator truly knows that in all situations, towards all persons and in all seasons, this lingering filthiness of the secret soul will occasionally impose itself. The Apostle Paul knew this, and knew it well. Rom. 7:14-19 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. (KJV) . . . I know exactly how he felt! I feel this way every time I do, say or think some wrong, hateful, sinful, evil thing! I simply cannot seem to do the good I want to do, but the bad things I don’t want to do, that’s what I end up doing. This to me is a comforting verse. If a godly man like Paul had this much trouble, I know I am not alone.
Are these secret and unintentional out-flowings of corruption, simply bits, not worthy of notice? The answer is NO. They are set forth here under images and types among the most offensive and disgusting sins! They are far too loathsome to be spoken of in public and too hideous, even for the mind to dwell on . . . and God intends to show His deep hatred for these corruptions. He means to show us that we have reason to be ashamed and confounded at this secret disorder which works in us, and He yet adds to these defilements a judicial sentence. They were unclean, which were excluded from the sanctuary and everything holy. They brought condemnation with them. The unclean thoughts, desires and imaginations which casually rise uninvited in the heart, and even the unholy dreams that flash over us when we sleep, and the thoughts of passion which flash on us for just a moment . . . all are things that offend the pure Eye of God, and would ruin us forever, were it not for the continual effective Blood of Christ, and the Holy flood of grace that comes in to wash out after these filthy intruders. We need to be constantly on guard against these beginnings of evil. We have reason to be alarmed at the most silent wish and be ready to depart from sin.
These out-flowings are usually the roots of transgression . . . floating seeds that drop into the heart, ready to strike at any moment, they try to take root and spring up into deadly immorality. We should regard them as the hiss and rattle of the snake cautioning us of the presence of danger. IF we yield to them in the least, we take a viper to our breasts which may sting us to death.
It is so sad dear one, that we as Christians, still have so much uncleanness hanging on to us . . . and that even with all our efforts, so much evil still works in us! Even with all our repentance, prayers and resolutions, there is still this recurrent oozing out of contamination . . . and that with all the actions of God to cleanse us, we still have so much to hang our heads in shame, and humble ourselves in dust and ashes.
What would you do if your thoughts and feelings were suddenly laid open to the those around you? Remember . . . God Knows even our thoughts! (Mat.9:4; 12:25; Luke 9 47).
But even with all its bad things, these out-flowings of corruption, it is not without any good effects. We need something to keep us humble, to drive us repeatedly to God’s Throne of grace, and make us remember that we need the mercy of God. If we were not troubled with secret flows of sin, we would be in great danger of growing spiritually careless, proud and over-confident. But these things keep us at the foot of the cross, and prompts us to more serious prayer, and keeps our soul from being lazy. These things make us feel the presence and power of the enemy, so we will be stirred up to a renewed zeal, and be strengthened all the more by our annoying encounters with the enemy.
These secret flows of sin help to better understand the failings of others, and to make us more loving and forgiving in our judgments of those who offend us. Although these things are painful, and keep us in constant peril of abandoning our faith . . . do we really want it any other way?
I think that we would be too much at rest in this present world, if it were not for these secret flows of sin making us feel uncomfortable of living in the flesh. And I think it greatly helps to reconcile us to the idea of death. It helps to make our dying day, a blessed day; because it will put an everlasting end to these annoyances. Then we shall be delivered "from the body of this death" (Rom.7:24), and at the Resurrection, have bodies like Jesus. Phil.3:20-21 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV) . . . What a time that shall be!
Although evil ever works within us here on Earth, we have an Advocate in Heaven always interceding for us. And although uncleanness clings to us here on Earth, life and purity flows down through Jesus to cover our unrighteousness and to help our infirmities. Even with all our weaknesses, in Christ Jesus we are strong. We must let our faith touch the hem of his garment (Mat.14:36; Mark 6:56), for healing is at hand. When poor sinners press to Him, all these disgusting issues shall be as though they were not. Dear one, we have a Blessed Physician, that God the Father has sent to us from Heaven! How precious are the benefits that go out to us from Jesus! He heals all our diseases. His Blood cleanses us from all sin.
Even when you find yourself full of sin; Christ Jesus is able to cleanse you. You may be poor and friendless; but Jesus understands and offers you eternal riches. What Jesus offers is more than angelic meekness, He spreads out His Hands and Arms to you, and says: Mat.11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (KJV) . . . IF you will only accept His call, you shall be blessed forever.
The Gospel is absolutely in Leviticus.
Moses clearly brings the GOSPEL in the Book of Leviticus!
He brings us a crystal-clear picture of Jesus!
The Gospel most certainly is in Leviticus.
Is the Gospel in the Book of Leviticus? YES, it is!!!
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