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Leviticus 15:4-12

Be On Guard

4 Every bed, whereon he lieth that hath the issue, is unclean: and every thing, whereon he sitteth, shall be unclean. 5 And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 6 And he that sitteth on any thing whereon he sat that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 7 And he that toucheth the flesh of him that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 8 And if he that hath the issue spit upon him that is clean; then he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 9 And what saddle soever he rideth upon that hath the issue shall be unclean. 10 And whosoever toucheth any thing that was under him shall be unclean until the even: and he that beareth any of those things shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 11 And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 12 And the vessel of earth, that he toucheth which hath the issue, shall be broken: and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.


Uncleanness is a difficult thing to deal with. The reason that sin is compared to a person who is unclean is that both are contagious. Consider the fact that a clean cloth will never wipe anything clean without becoming soiled itself. Cleanliness is not contagious, but filth is. Righteousness is not contagious, but sin is extremely contagious and very dangerous.

Any healthcare worker can tell you about the dangers of unseen contagion. Bacteria, viruses, and chemical pollutants are unseen, but can prove to be lethal. So it is with secret and hidden sins. It is very difficult for anyone to know what dwells in the evil hearts of the people around us. If we are not constantly on our guard, we can be gently and gradually led by them into situations that are not wholesome, even by those who claim to be Christians.

This is the whole point of the Levitical laws concerning the running issues from a person's genitalia, whether male or female. The man with this sort of infection would be hesitant to report it to the priest, because no one wants to be branded as unclean. Yet everything with which he comes into contact is to be considered unclean, and anyone who touches those items is also considered to be unclean.

The person who touches anything upon which the man with the running issue has slept on, sat upon, eaten from or drunk from must immediately bathe himself and wash his clothes and be considered unclean until evening. If the unclean man has not washed his hands in water before touching another person, he should also be considered unclean.

Contrast the touch of the unclean man with the touch of Jesus Christ. "And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed." (Matthew 8:3)

Or, consider the incident with the woman who had the issue of blood. "And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour." (Matthew 9:20-22)

Only the touch of our Lord can cleanse a leper or a person with an issue and only the washing of His precious blood can cleanse anyone of their sins. Anyone else would have been made unclean by those people under the Levitical laws.

Notice that the spit of an unclean man also makes the person upon whom he spits unclean. Why is that included here? Wouldn't it seem logical? Think about Jesus' words, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man." (Matthew 15:18)

Sin is contagious. Those Christians who engage in relational evangelism must be very careful. You must understand that no one has ever been saved by a relationship and no one has ever been saved by seeing someone else's good example. Only the word of God working in conjunction with the Holy Spirit can save anyone.

"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:14-15)

Guard yourself against the pollution of sin and never fail to preach the word.

Before The Throne:

Pray for God's protection from the contagion of sin. Continue to confess your secret sins to Him on a daily basis. Pray for those whom you are trying to win to the Lord. Ask God to empower you with His Holy Spirit to use His word effectively.

For Further Study:

(v.4) ** thing: Heb. vessel ** be unclean: 1Co 15:33; Eph 5:11; Tit 1:15;

(v.5) Lev 11:25, 28, 32; 13:6, 34; 14:8-9, 27, 46-47; 16:26, 28; 17:15; Num 19:10, 22; Psa 26:6; 51:2, 7; Isa 1:16; 22:14; Eze 36:25, 29; Heb 9:14, 26;, Heb 10:22; Jam 4:8; Rev 7:14;

(v.6) Isa 1:16; Jam 4:8:

(v.8 ) Isa 1:16; Gal 1:8-9; 1Ti 4:1-3; Tit 1:9-10; 2Pe 2:1-3; Jam 4:8; Jud 1:4;

(v.10) Psa 26:6; Jam 4:8;

(v.11) ** vessel: Lev 6:28; 11:32-33; Pro 1:21, 23; 3:21; 2Co 5:1; Phi 3:21; ** shall be broken: Psa 2:9; ** vessel: Lev 6:28; 11:32-33; Pro 1:21, 23; 3:21; 2Co 5:1; Phi 3:21; ** shall be broken: Psa 2:9;

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