DCLM Daily Manna 20 March 2023 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Corporate Defilement
TOPIC: Corporate Defilement (DCLM Daily Manna 20 March 2023)
KEY VERSE: “And if a woman has an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even” (Leviticus 15:19).
TEXT: Leviticus 15:19-33 (KJV)
19 And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.
20 And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean.
21 And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
22 And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
23 And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even.
24 And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean.
25 And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean.
26 Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation.
27 And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
28 But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.
29 And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
30 And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the Lord for the issue of her uncleanness.
31 Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.
32 This is the law of him that hath an issue, and of him whose seed goeth from him, and is defiled therewith;
33 And of her that is sick of her flowers, and of him that hath an issue, of the man, and of the woman, and of him that lieth with her that is unclean.
An injury to one is an injury to all,” is a motto popularly used by industrial workers around the world. Workers have adopted it as a mark of solidarity to protect each member against attempts by employers to curtail labour rights and privileges. If one worker is wronged, his colleagues presume they have all been wronged and are therefore called upon to show solidarity by staying away from work.
Thousands of years before the labour men decided on linking injury to one to injury to all, God announced a weightier connection. If an Israelite woman was unclean from her menstrual flow, all those who touched her beddings and clothing also became defiled. They would continue in that condition until they observed the purification rites. This was meant by the Lord to ensure His people were pure and separate from other nations which did not obey such strict laws of cleanliness.
On a wider New Testament scale, God was pointing out the need for His people to watch against sin. If one member of the assembly broke the law, the action could affect the entire body as it did with Miriam and Achan. Paul got it right with his allusion to sin as a leaven. “…Know ye not that a little leaven (sin) leaveneth the whole lump?” (1 Corinthians 5:6). There should be personal and collective responsibility not to allow any shade of sin in the gathering of the saints.
There is no doubt that these ceremonial laws of the Old Testament do not apply to present-day believers. But they are symbolic of heaven’s demand that we should not just seek hygienic soundness; we should also seek to live a life devoid of defilement. This honours the Lord and keeps Him in our midst, while it also serves to give a good report of our faith.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
The festering of evil stops at the position of a non-conformist.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Deeper Life Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.