“Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period.
So the more I read Leviticus the more I find out how easy it is to get unclean. The thing that stunk about all of this was if you came into contact with someone who is unclean, guess what? Now you are unclean! People must have been walking around left and right like, “BOOM, unclean BOOM, unclean.” I mean dang, to stay clean you had to avoid a lot of things and follow a lot of rules.
Being unclean is a common theme in the Bible. Mark 7 gives us some good insight of how Jesus viewed people who were clean and unclean.
“5 So the Pharisees and the teachers of the law questioned Jesus. “Why don’t your disciples live by what the elders teach?” they asked. “Why do they eat their food with ‘unclean’ hands?” 6 He replied, “Isaiah was right. He prophesied about you people who pretend to be good. He said,“ ‘These people honor me by what they say. But their hearts are far away from me.”
Read that again and make sure you understand. Jesus told these people they were being FAKE. What a savage! He called them out and said, “You just act like you have your stuff together, at least these people know they don’t” I love this interaction with Jesus.
Look, what am I getting at? The deal is that Jesus doesn’t want you to act clean. He doesn’t want you to be unclean either. He wants you to be you. Don’t pretend to be perfect. People are attracted to that, but can never attain it. I think more people are attracted to genuine people. Jesus had both. What a dangerous combo! That’s someone worth following.
Am I trying to act like I have it all together?
Am I truly a genuine person?
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of life. May we use it to love you and love others. Forgive us for falling short sometimes and allow us to draw closer to you during hard moments. We love you so much. Amen.
Have a great weekend!