Bathe in church? That’s exactly what God commanded his priests to do. Right in front of the congregation, they had to let Moses wash them completely, head to toe! Why? Because to enter God’s service, we have to be clean in body, soul, and spirit. (Exodus 29:4)
God hates sin, and cannot tolerate it in his presence. And not because he’s a kill-joy, as many seem to think. He hates it because he made us in his own image so we could glorify him. And we can’t do this when we sin, because sin doesn’t glorify anything, except evil.
But also because he loves us, and wants only good for us. He sees sin for the harmful evil it is, and he wants to keep us from harming both ourselves and others.
They also had to sacrifice a bull to cancel their sins. And as a way of showing what an abhorrent, harmful evil sin is, the animal’s carcass had to be thrown out of the camp. They were not even allowed to keep it near them! (Exodus 29:14) And in this, there is a lesson for us.
Aren’t you grateful we don’t have to kill a bull to wipe out our sins? Nor do we have to be bathed in front of the church! But that would be so humiliating, it would probably make us think twice before sinning again!
Thankfully, Christ dealt with our sin on the cross. Yet, he wants us to keep ourselves free from sin. And that is what we sometimes fail to do. Instead of throwing the things that tempt us out of the camp, we keep them near, pretending that we’re making progress. Assuring ourselves that one day victory will come.
I don’t know what particular sin seems to cling to you. Maybe it’s visiting wrong sites on the web, or shopping and spending money you can’t afford (or don’t even have). But whatever it is, it could be keeping you from entering more fully into Christ’s Life, and being used by him.
The solution is simple. Painless, no. Simple, yes. Throw it out of the camp. Shopping and internet connections are not essential for Life, but purity before God is!
We must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us. — Hebrews 12:1
Isn’t it great that all we have to do is throw it far from us, and not kill animals, or be bathed in front of everyone?!
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