Numbers 5 – To Have a Clean Life


Verses 1-2: The Lord gave these instructions to Moses:  “Command the people of Israel to remove from the camp anyone who has a skin disease or a discharge, or who has become ceremonially unclean by touching a dead person.

Verses 5-7: Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people—men or women—betray the Lord by doing wrong to another person, they are guilty. They must confess their sin and make full restitution for what they have done, adding an additional 20 percent and returning it to the person who was wronged.

Verses 11-28: And the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. “Suppose a man’s wife goes astray, and she is unfaithful to her husband and has sex with another man, but neither her husband nor anyone else knows about it. . . . If her husband . . . is suspicious of his wife and needs to know whether or not she has defiled herself, the husband must bring his wife to the priest. . . . “The priest will then present her to stand trial before the Lord. He must take some holy water in a clay jar and pour into it dust he has taken from the Tabernacle floor. . . . The priest will stand before her, holding the jar of bitter water that brings a curse to those who are guilty. . . . And the priest will write these curses on a piece of leather and wash them off into the bitter water. He will make the woman drink the bitter water that brings on the curse. When the water enters her body, it will cause bitter suffering if she is guilty. . . . But if she has not defiled herself and is pure, then she will be unharmed and will still be able to have children.

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As we read here, the point should be very clear that all GOD wants for His people is for them to be clean from all sin and not to be caught up in bad actions. GOD always protects us no matter the situation. The people of Israel were GOD’s special people and GOD wanted HIS own people to be good not to get dirty by touching or doing bad things, so they were to do special rituals to be clean again. Touching a dead person is not a good thing to do. Even if one person had skin disease the entire camp was to be clean from any of these things. As well, if the wife  was not faithful to her husband but he didn’t know, the husband was supposed to do something about that. All this is for the people to be safe—free of all worries. Just like that, in the same way GOD wants to take of you, HE wants you to have a safe life and to be clean, for that way you will please GOD and follow HIS path without something in your way. HE wants you to have an open relationship with him.


Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.


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