Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Obedience Brings Blessing

KEY VERSE: ”To teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean: this is the law of leprosy” (Leviticus 14:57).
Long before medical science taught washing of hands after going to the toilet as a precaution against deadly diseases and their spread, the God of Israel had led His people through these rudiments. He had also directed them to dig the earth a good distance from their habitation to dispose of body waste. These were among the host of hygienic laws that preserved the ancient Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness after liberation from Egypt.
In chapters 13 and 14 of the book of Leviticus, and especially in the passage before us today, God told the Israelites how to diagnose leprosy so they could avoid it or treat it. These laws were given for the people’s health and protection. They helped them avoid diseases that were serious threats to their lives. Although they wouldn’t have understood the medical reasons for some of these laws, their obedience to them made them healthier. Many of God’s laws must have seemed strange to the Israelites. His laws, however, helped them avoid not only physical contamination, but moral and spiritual infection as well.
From the above, the moral for us in this day and age is that the word of God still provides a pattern for physical, spiritual and moral lives. Immorality and uncleanness can lead to sexually transmitted diseases; drunkenness or alcoholism causes cirrhosis of the liver; and smoking can lead to lung cancer. Above all, there is heaven to lose if one should indulge in any of these vices.
True believers have the grace to live above temptations and make it to heaven. This grace is available for all at no cost. You also can obtain it today through prayer of faith in God.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s laws are timeless.


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