Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What About Your Skin?

I was listening to Leviticus 13 as my wife was reading all 58 verses. It is tempting to read something like this and say "this doesn't apply to me." But if we truly believe that all scripture is inspired from God, then what do we do with this chapter?

It starts out talking about different skin diseases, and how you could tell whether it was something that was contagious or not. Be careful you could pass over something very important. The temptation is to skim over this chapter and chalk it up to "that was back then." But I believe there is an important lesson to be learned in this chapter.

After reading George O. Wood's sermon(www.georgeowood.com) "Are You Listening to Your Skin?" I brought away this one tidbit. Those who had something that was contagious was put outside the camp away from the rest of the people. They were excluded from worshiping in the Tabernacle and associating with those who were not contagious. This disease is a type of sin that separates us from God's presence and His people. If you were not contagious you could draw near to the center of the camp where the presence of God was, if you were contagious you had be outside of the camp for a certain amount of time until you were pronounced clean.

Here is the thought from this passage. Is the stuff in our life drawing us closer to God, or is it something that puts us outside the camp? If we are outside the camp let us go to Jesus and ask forgiveness for our sin, and be brought into the presence of God.

What are your thoughts about this passage? Maybe you have a different interpretation, I would like to hear from you.

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