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Numbers 5:1-4 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead: Both male and female shall ye put out, without the camp shall ye put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell. And the children of Israel did so, and put them out without the camp: as the LORD spake unto Moses, so did the children of Israel."

Leprosy here in Numbers didnít mean skin cancer but rather patchy or scaly skin disease such as psoriasis. The unclean people are people who were made unclean by either leprosy, some type of eruption or discharge or by coming in contact with the dead. The priest would look at them each week. When their skin was clear, they were allowed to reenter the camp. The children of Israel couldnít take a chance on the already infected infecting others so they dealt with it by separation. Sin is a lot like leprosy. Once it is spotted it needs to be dealt with right away or it will spread. Christians need to separate themselves from sin or else they may become infected.

Numbers 5:5-8 "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the LORD, and that person be guilty; Then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed. But if the man have no kinsman to recompense the trespass unto, let the trespass be recompensed unto the LORD, even to the priest; beside the ram of the atonement, whereby an atonement shall be made for him."

When a sin was committed, restitution had to be made to the person it was committed against. If there was no one to pay and no near kinsmen then the recompense was to be given to the Lord by way of the priest. The priest would then offer atonement for the one who had committed the trespass. This trespass offering would be a ram which should equal recompense for what ever was taken or destroyed plus a fifth part Ė or a fifth more. Once Jesus died on the cross for our sins His blood cleansed us from all unrighteousness. Now when we sin all we have to do is confess our sin and ask forgiveness. If we have wronged someone today we still need to make it right. We should go to them and apologize. True Godly sorrow works repentance. (2 Cor. 7:10)


Numbers 11-18; 27-30;
"11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
12 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, If any man's wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him,
13 And a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner;
14 And the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled: or if the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be not defiled:
15 Then shall the man bring his wife unto the priest, and he shall bring her offering for her, the tenth part of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil upon it, nor put frankincense thereon; for it is an offering of jealousy, an offering of memorial, bringing iniquity to remembrance.
16 And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD:
17 And the priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel; and of the dust that is in the floor of the tabernacle the priest shall take, and put it into the water:
18 And the priest shall set the woman before the LORD, and uncover the woman's head, and put the offering of memorial in her hands, which is the jealousy offering: and the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that causeth the curse:
27 And when he hath made her to drink the water, then it shall come to pass, that, if she be defiled, and have done trespass against her husband, that the water that causeth the curse shall enter into her, and become bitter, and her belly shall swell, and her thigh shall rot: and the woman shall be a curse among her people.
28 And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed.
29 This is the law of jealousies, when a wife goeth aside to another instead of her husband, and is defiled;
30 Or when the spirit of jealousy cometh upon him, and he be jealous over his wife, and shall set the woman before the LORD, and the priest shall execute upon her all this law."

This scripture tells of a provision given for the law of jealousy. If a husband suspects that his wife is being unfaithful, he can bring her to the priest and openly accuse her. Once he has done this the priest must prepare a concoction of bitter water for her to drink. If she is guilty of adultery, the bitter water would cause a curse to enter her. Her belly would swell and her thigh would rot. If she was innocent, nothing happened. This practice may seem barbaric but think about jealous husbands today. Some accuse and leave. Many knock their wives around - some even killing them . Some spend money to hire an investigator to follow their wife around. And many cases end in divorce. Godís solution was simple, if drastic. There is one thing we can definitely learn from this passage of scripture: God views the vows of matrimony as sacred and adultery as a sin worthy of death. Marriage vows are not taken seriously today and family values have hit an all time low. We need to get back to principles God originally set up in the Bible and realize that once we make a vow before God He considers it to be sacred!


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