HYGIENE IS PART OF CHRISTIANITY

Bible In One Year-Day 46 (Saturday, February 15, 2014)

Commentary: Lev14-16. Lev14 talks about the law of the leper for the day of his cleansing. A leper is socially rejected and to bring him back into the fold, he needed to be cleansed. However, after being healed, people might still doubt his healing and this is where the Priest had to come in to examine if it was true or not. And not until the Priest proclaims and carries out ceremonial duties, the leper is not accepted. After the priest had done this, then there is reconciliation with God and the people. This is atonement. Romans5:11 says that we receive atonement through Jesus Christ to reconcile mankind to God by the shedding of His blood. The ceremony for the atonement in Lev14 could be expensive for some, Verse32, but Christ’s atonement is for all and free. All through Lev14-16, God gave the instructions concerning atonement. As much as God desires in our reconciliation with Him, He also desires our physical hygiene, which He emphasized greatly in chapter15. Cleanliness is godliness. Our inward purity is as necessary as our outward purity before the Lord. Many sicknesses are actually caused through lack of proper hygiene and we end up blaming witches. We need to care for our bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit. The care we give to our body should not be our confidence though. For instance, a lot could relate with people very well only if they put on a new dress or dress the best in the church but if otherwise happens, you rarely notice their presence. This is because their confidence has been taking away. When your confidence lies in the dress, perfume of cream you put on, you have shifted from the faith. These are unnecessary burdens we put on ourselves. The beauty inside is what satisfies God while the beauty outside is what deceives men. You need to balance up this. As a child of God you must be smart, look nice and moderate in appearance and at the same time be virtuous within. Next mile on the trip is Lev17-19. Keep the fire burning and alive till His coming. Spread the gospel.

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