Leviticus 22:6 (NIV)
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.
In ancient Jewish culture, a new day began in the evening when the sun set. That's why in Genesis 1 it says, "And there was evening, and there was morning - the first day". In Jewish culture a new day begins in the evening!
So in Leviticus 22:6, when it says an unclean priest will be unclean "till evening", it means that no matter how unclean the priest was, God's mercy makes that priest new when a new day begins. Priests in God's kingdom, aren't you glad that God's mercies are new every day? I'm so glad that every day God gives me a new batch of His mercy "fresh from the oven of God's grace" (as Pastor Jon Courson likes to say).
It reminds me of Lamentations 3:22-23 which says,
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Every day, whether intentionally or unintentionally, I am sinning against God in some way. But praise God! No matter how unclean I become, God's mercy through Jesus Christ makes me new with each new day.
Maybe that's why Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34), because there is new grace to meet us with each new day!
Thank You, Lord, for Your mercies, which are new every morning! And thank You for the mercy and grace that You give me specifically for today.
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