Chapter 5 — God is still making sure there is purity in the camp. People with infectious diseases had to be sent outside of the camp so the camp would not be defiled because the camp was where HE DWELT. He included restitution for when people wronged each other. God’s Word states if they had wronged each other, they were being UNFAITHFUL TO HIM!!! OUCH!!! And then the laws concerning an unfaithful wife… if she was unfaithful and did not confess it…. she would end up barren. The thing that stood out to me with this unfaithfulness was simply if a husband and wife today do not trust each other … they must be able to find a way for restoration to rebuild the trust. ONLY Jesus can restore, but we must be willing.
All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.) This will take place on the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares. (Romans 2 12-16)
How do we put all this in perspective for today? IF a woman feared the Lord, and believed, then she would believe what was written on the scroll. She would confess and repent and not have to go through the ritual of the bitter water, because she would believe the curse to be true. HOWEVER, a non believer would not confess and repent and not believe the bitter water and would still try to hide her sin.
Think of Salvation. Do we believe or do we still think we can hide or even atone our own sin? A non-believer does not believe in the Lord. The non-believer is the one that drinks of the bitter water that will end in curse.
We, as Gentiles, may not be of the “law” as it was given to the Jews, but God wrote it in our hearts called a conscience. We know right from wrong, that is a gift God instilled in us. But the last verse in Romans is important, God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ. That is exactly what was happening here. God was judging the woman’s faithfulness through the priest.
I am SO glad that we are no longer under the laws. Jesus came to heal, to save, to redeem, to give hope and so much more so no one would have to be “put outside the camp”. Matt 9:22 states: “Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.”And the woman was healed at that moment.” Talk about HOPE!!!
Chapter 6 — By definition, the Hebrew word nazir, simply means “to be separated or consecrated.” The Nazirite vow, had several features:
- It was voluntary
- It could be done by either men or women
- There could be no consumption of ANY fermented beverage or any thing related to grapes (no grape juice, no grapes, no raisins)
- The hair could NOT be cut during this vow
- They could not TOUCH a dead body (even of a parent or spouse)
- It had a specific time frame
- It had specific requirements and restrictions
- At its conclusion a sacrifice was offered.
- Although this was usually a vow taken voluntarily by an individual as a way to grow closer to God, a time to worship Him, go into a period of Thanksgiving, possibly fasting, etc., parents could make this vow for their children – devoting their child’s live to God.
Examples of the Nazirite Vow in the OT being made by parents for their child are Samuel and Samson, (1 Samuel 2:8-28;Judges 13:1-5), and John the Baptist in the NT received the Nazirite vow from birth (Luke 1:13-17).
Does it make sense at this moment WHY Samson’s strength was in his HAIR???? (His mother pledged his life to God through a Nazirite vow…… part of the vow was he could NOT cut his hair). Although there is much more to the story that we will get to on another day, I wanted to point out the relationship.
And in Luke 1:13-17 – look at what it says about John (I didn’t quote all the verses) — 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born
We are only two weeks from Easter as I write this. Many people celebrate Lent during this time — a season when many give up something for God as a way to grow closer to HIM. Other people do Daniel fasts through out the year as a way of sacrificing themselves and growing closer to God. Easter… growing closer to HIM… check out Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We end today’s reading with what my bible titles the “Priestly Blessing.” The Lord tells Moses to tell Aaron to bless the Israelites and say to them:
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them
“‘“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you; T
he Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
A blessing was one way of asking for God’s divine favor to rest upon others. It’s five parts convey HOPE that:
- They would have God’s favor and protection over them,
- He would be pleased with them,
- He would be merciful
- and compassionate to them,
- He would give HIS approval to them
- and give them peace.
NOW THAT’s a blessing we could say everyday over our families and loved ones. I’ve given you three songs today, all are about this blessing. In the past I have heard it called an “Irish Blessing”, but last year I heard it called “Aaron’s Blessing”, and the song I am most familiar with was “May the Road Rise to Meet You.” Although St. Patrick’s Day is not in the bible and quite frankly our family tradition is simply to enjoy time together (we’ll watch the ACC Tournament game) and enjoy corned beef, cabbage, and red potatoes. I thought I’d color the links in green for a little added fun. 🙂 NOTHING religious or superstitious ….. just a fun way to help learn more of the Bible.
May the Scripture bless you as well as any and/or all of the songs 🙂
Questions, comments, things you are learning, anything you’d like to express about the reading.. I’d LOVE to hear from you 🙂
Sharing HIS love,