February 5, 2017

February 5, 2017

LEVITICUS 14-15

Focus Verse: “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: “When any man has a bodily discharge, the discharge is unclean. Whether it continues flowing from his body or is blocked, it will make him unclean. This is how his discharge will bring about uncleanness:”’”

Leviticus 15:1-3

Oh yeah…I just went there. Isn’t there just something about this passage that makes you squirm a little? What is this doing in the Bible!? We shouldn’t be talking about this stuff in church! That’s why I picked to write about this specific verse today though. That’s how God handles it…head on.

I love it. It’s not awkward for God when He instructs Moses on this. He doesn’t ho-hum around the topic. His face doesn’t get all red. He just tells Moses how to deal with it. Isn’t this the kind of advice we need? Someone who is going to skip past the formalities and get to the root of the problem.

But that is the luxury of having a relationship with the One who created us. I know that none of us likes to think about this, but God made us. I’m going to really blow your mind right here (and be slightly crude for the sake of waking you up this morning) but God knows that you poop. That’s how He made you. And He cares about you.

Now I didn’t choose to write about this verse for shock value. I’m not the type who is going to launch a sermon series on this topic just to make people uncomfortable. I do want to bring this to light though, because I think this is at the heart of this chapter on bodily discharges: God cares about every detail of your life. Even the things we find disgusting.

No woman (I’m guessing here) wants to pray to God about her period. But if that’s an area where you’re struggling, God wants to hear about it. There is nothing that is out of bounds when it comes to you and God. Look at the woman in Matthew 9:20-21. She couldn’t even verbalize her prayer request to Jesus because she was so embarrassed. But what does Jesus do? He heals her completely.

God made you; even the parts of you that we don’t talk about in public. God wants you to be whole. You can come to Him in complete confidence that the Creator of the Universe knows you and gave His life to see you made complete.

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