Leviticus 15:13 (NIV)
13 "'When a man is cleansed from his discharge, he is to count off seven days for his ceremonial cleansing; he must wash his clothes and bathe himself with fresh water, and he will be clean.
What discharge is Leviticus 15:1-15 talking about? Many scholars believe that the discharge is probably gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease. The fact that God's Word would touch on such an issue shows that God is concerned about the private areas of our lives, those parts of our lives which no one else would know about unless we told them. When we experience hurt or discomfort in a secret area of our lives, God does not turn a blind eye; rather, His heart is for you to experience healing, cleansing, and restoration.
Speaking of cleansing, it was not until the 1800s with the revolutionary work of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis that Western medicine realized the importance of washing with water when treating patients. Yet notice how much Leviticus 15:3-13 emphasizes washing with water. (Every sentence in verses 3-13 talks about it.) In this respect the Bible was thousands of years ahead of the medical industry -- just one more example of how God's Word is ahead of its time.
Finally, praise God that He is concerned not only with our physical health and cleanliness, but even more about our spiritual health and cleanliness. Jesus is described as the one who washes his bride, the church, "cleansing her by the washing with water through the word" so that he can "present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless" (Ephesians 5:26-27). God's Word has a cleansing effect on our lives. Like Jesus says, "You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you" (John 15:3). That's why it's essential for us to be reading the Bible every day, allowing the Word of God to cleanse us and refresh us.
Do you feel dirty because of sinful thoughts, attitudes or actions? Praise God for His cleansing word! Just as we ought to take showers regularly, let's allow the word of God to cleanse us, wash us and refresh us every day, even in the most private areas of our lives.
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