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  • #2
    Originally posted by glen smith View Post
    Watched the into - thanks Glen.


    • #3
      "God's Holiness" is excellent, also.
      Leviticus was particular informative.
      Here are my notes and thoughts on "God's Holiness":

      Unclean and Clean Verses Divine Holiness

      The Sinaitic Laws concerning the state or characteristic of being unclean are associated with death, decaying, bodily fluids, sickness, disease. All the predatory and omnivore mammals and birds were unclean foods because they caused death or ate the dead to sustain themselves. Touching things associated with death or illness made one ceremonial unclean. Why? Being unclean is the condition of being apart from divine holiness.

      Divine holiness must be understood in the contrast of life and death. As the Creator, Elohim is the originator of existence and life. Death is the opposite of life and existence, and thereby, death is intolerable before the holiness emanating from the divine presence. Divine holiness is not that God is set apart from the unholy but rather that which is unholy may not even exist in the presence of divine holiness because the nature of the creative presence destroys death and all things associated with it.

      The contrast between death and life is described in the story of Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit. Before their disobedience, God determined right from wrong, and they were daily in the divine presence. After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve decided what was right or wrong (as in becoming aware of their nakedness) and no longer lived in the divine presence. Instead of being in the divine presence, they were now condemned to death. Adam and Eve had become unclean. The divine presence is life and the absence or the separation from the divine presence is death. Death and all that is associated with death must exist apart –- must be separated from the divine presence for death to be manifested.

      Accordingly, to enter the Tabernacle where the divine presence resided required that the priest not be ritually contaminated by death. In practice, entering the divine presence or even being in the proximity of the divine presence while contaminated with death resulted in the persons’ death. Ritual uncleanness was not a sin but a ceremonial condition that symbolically could not accompany the life giving power of the divine holiness. The two were incompatible.

      Understanding this contrast between death and divine holiness is essential to comprehending that all things associated with death contaminates by making any person ritual unclean who has made contact. There are two Old Testament stories where the opposite occurs. Instead of the unclean contaminating what is touched, that which is contaminated is made clean by something from the divine presence -– burning coal and water.

      Isaiah 6
      In Isaiah’s vision he is a man of unclean lips, but it is not his lips which contaminate and make unclean what his lips touch. It is the burning coal from the altar of the Temple which touch his lips so that the “"iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”"

      Ezekiel 47
      In Ezekiel’s vision, water flows east from under the threshold of the Temple. Thereby, the water is holy or sacred water. The water becomes a river where everything lives where the river goes.

      What does this mean in reference to the Sinaitic Laws about uncleanness? The answer may not be found from the Old Testament. The answer is found in the arrival of the Lord Jesus when death and uncleanness are to be defeated. So, the Lord Jesus goes about touching the dead, the blind, the leper, and those who are sick. Instead of the Lord Jesus becoming unclean the dead rise the blind see, the leper cured, and the sick made well. He makes the unclean to become clean. Being made clean stems from the divine presence. This is why for the Body of Christ, in whom the Father and the Son dwell, the Sinaitic Laws concerning uncleanness are no longer are in effect.
      Last edited by glen smith; July 6, 2017, 12:15 AM.


      • #4
        I really enjoyed this comment. Thank you, Glen.