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Cleansed by His Hand

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 9 months ago | 1302 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Numbers 8, the LORD spoke to Moses regarding setting up the lamps when the Tabernacle was finished.  Following those words, the LORD instructed Moses to cleanse the Levites who were to serve in the Tabernacle.  As we read what God required for the Levites and the phrases that are used, we are reminded of so great salvation He has provided for us.

Perhaps the initial thing to note is that they needed cleansing in the first place.  That assumes that they were not clean enough in themselves to approach the Lord.  We are in the same condition prior to the Lord’s work.  Our righteousness is as filthy rags in His sight.  We are unable to approach Him in our sin as He is so holy, He cannot tolerate sin in His presence.  We need to be made clean according to His standard.  We need to be washed whiter than snow.  We need to be clothed in His righteousness.

To cleanse the Levites, God told Moses to sprinkle the water of purification upon them.  He promised to do the same for us in our sinful condition.  He even uses the same phrase.  In Ezekiel 36, God says to His people, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you hall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.  And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statures and be careful to obey my rules.”

God performs the cleansing by removing our sin from us as far as the east is from the west and gives a new heart and His Spirit.  He is making it clear that we cannot cleanse ourselves.  The cleansing has to come from outside ourselves.  It can only be accomplished by His work.

The next instructions to Moses were to make a sacrifice of bulls to atone for the Levites.  The same is true of us, but bulls could not achieve what was necessary.  A perfect sacrifice had to be made to provide for our cleansing.  The justice of God required a death penalty to be paid for our sin.  It had to be one who was worthy to make the sacrifice.  The Lord Jesus laid down His life to make the perfect sacrifice to cleanse us from our sin.  He made full atonement for our sin.

After the sacrifice, the Lord told Moses to separate the Levites from among the people of Israel and the Levites would be God’s possession.  Christ’s sacrifice makes us God’s possession.  Believers are new creatures in Christ Jesus and separate from the world of unbelievers.  Hebrews says we are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession.  We’ve been called out of darkness into His marvelous light.

After the ceremony, the Levites were cleansed and were to go in and serve.  After all our Lord has done on our behalf, He calls upon us to serve.  Psalm 100:2 says, “Serve the LORD with gladness!”  May we rejoice that our Lord has cleansed us from our sin.  May we thank Him with a new heart that He has made us new creatures.  May we walk by the Spirit He has given us.  May we serve Him with gladness every day.



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