“1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 ‘Tell Aaron and his sons to treat with respect the sacred offerings the Israelites consecrate to me, so they will not profane my holy name. I am the LORD.
3 ‘Say to them: ‘For the generations to come, if any of your descendants is ceremonially unclean and yet comes near the sacred offerings that the Israelites consecrate to the LORD, that person must be cut off from my presence. I am the LORD.
4 ‘If a descendant of Aaron has a defiling skin disease or a bodily discharge, he may not eat the sacred offerings until he is cleansed. He will also be unclean if he touches something defiled by a corpse or by anyone who has an emission of semen, 5 or if he touches any crawling thing that makes him unclean, or any person who makes him unclean, whatever the uncleanness may be. 6 The one who touches any such thing will be unclean till evening. He must not eat any of the sacred offerings unless he has bathed himself with water.” (Leviticus 22:1-6) (NIV)
As I read these verses, I could not help but to thank Jesus for His mercy in my life and for saving my soul. The Majesty of God’s holiness cannot and will never be contaminated by anything or anyone. The beauty of His holiness will remain forever. I can actually say that it is perhaps the most impressive thing in heaven. God’s holiness is not God’s desire to separate us from Him; God’s holiness is what He wants to share with us. The beauty of His holiness will not be compromised or His standards become diluted for us. Why take away from something great so that others may join? In His eternal wisdom, God kept His standard, but created a way to reach low to take us and bring us to His Higher Place through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are the lepers, the one suffering from a skin decease that represents the curse of sin in our lives. That curse was broken on the cross of Calvary, but many of us still battle sin in our lives. Nevertheless, we all have access to God’s presence in the Name of Jesus…He gave us access even as the leprosy of our sin is not totally cure in our reality. We are the ones that at one point, and some still do it today, provoke the emission of semen by embracing pornography and sexual immoral life styles; but we are still alive and God is still calling us to His higher place. He has not struck us down today and everyday He extends His mercy, giving us innumerable opportunities to repent and turn from our wicked ways. We are the ones that, still today fellowship with the things of the world; things that crawled the earth to advance the Evil One’s destructive agenda to remove all holiness and all standards established by God.
Jesus has given us access to the splendor of God’s holiness. We are only ready for God’s presence through Jesus Who gave His life for us. Would you embrace His holiness today, receive the sacrifice of Jesus that makes you whole and turn away from the leprosy of sin?