Daily Bible Study

Bible Reading: Numbers 5-6

Numbers 5 and 6 are about PURITY among God’s people. First physical purity then moral purity. It is very obvious that purity is very important to God. In those days Leprosy was very contagious, incurable and deadly. Allowing those with Leprosy to commune with the general population was to endanger them all. Strict rules for the Leper were given. But it wasn’t just the Leper that brought defilement.

“Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead:” (Numbers 5:2)

The practice that made the most sense was separation. If I’m not in close proximity to someone who is sick its not likely that I will get sick. In today’s culture however this practice would be considered discrimination. You would be forced to accept the Leper and maybe even embrace him. If you didn’t you would face the loss of your job and income and probably more. It’s amazing that the powers that be think they know more than the creator of it all. If we are going to be blessed by God we must be clean and undefiled. Leprosy was not the only defiling problem. If there was any type of oozing issue from the skin or if one had come into contact with a dead body they too were to be ousted from the camp. How important is purity to you? All defilement must be dealt with if we are to expect God to bless. Do you strive to stay pure? The blessed news for us today is that cleansing is simultaneous with the request for that cleansing. (1 John 1:9 ) Furthermore, if some of God’s people “trespass against the Lord” (which BTW all sin is a trespass against the Lord), there is a price to pay. Not only was there a restitution to pay but an added interest as well. Keep in mind that this is not man’s doing, this is God’s directives. Be careful not to charge God with wickedness. The guilty were to add 20% to the restitution.

Then there is the problem of the jealous husband . Whatever prompted the jealousy, God had the remedy. I’m sure that as you read the instructions that your mind is saying, “WHAT?” As in most of that which we can not understand God is at work. When the directive was followed everything was handled properly. Here again, we see the error of this dispensation. Instead of believing and receiving we have a tendency to question the effectiveness of God’s Word and refuse to follow thus rejecting his blessings and continuing in the trespass. God help us to believe and follow.

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:” (Numbers 6:2 )

Chapter 6 is continues the appeal of separation but from a different perspective. While chapter 5 spoke of separation from things, chapter 6 speaks of separation unto something. A Nazarite was a person especially dedicated voluntarily to God (separated unto God) for a period of time.

Samson was the most famous Nazarite of the Old Testament, and John the Baptist was the most famous Nazarite of the New Testament. There were three aspects that immediately identified the Nazarite, the HEALTH aspect, the HAIR aspect and the HOLINESS aspect.
HEALTH – He was to refrain from anything that was made of the vine.
HAIR – He was not permitted to cut his hair
HOLINESS – He was to keep himself totally pure from anything that would defile especially any kind of contact with the dead.

These were people who loved the LORD and wanted to show it in an extreme way.

This passage ends with a blessing and prayer:

 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

Numbers 6:22-27

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