Then the priest shall stand the woman before the LORD, uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy. Separation from the effects of sin. Then the man shall bring his wife to the priest: The jealous husband was to bring a certain amount of barley meal, and this grain only – not accompanied by any oil or frankincense, things which customarily accompanied a grain offering. b. Clearly, this is evidence that God does not want couples to live in an on-going state of jealousy. Often, our spouse knows if we have given our bodies – or our hearts – to another, no matter how desperately one tries to hide it. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. The practice was deep-rooted as well as universal. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. After all, we loved each other, or my husband neglected me, and . Take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water: This water was made bitter from the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle; and while the woman held the grain offering in her hand (a reminder of fellowship with God), the priest pronounced an oath over the woman. b. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse.” You can’t be a Promised Land person if the ravages of sin are openly evident in your life. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. .” At the very least, this ceremony demanded that sin be called sin – guilty or innocent! a. And he shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter her to become bitter. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘If any man’s wife goes astray and behaves unfaithfully toward him, and a man lies with her carnally, and it is hidden from the eyes of her husband, and it is concealed that she has defiled herself, and there was no witness against her, nor was she caught; if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife, who has defiled herself; or if the spirit of jealousy comes upon him and he becomes jealous of his wife, although she has not defiled herself;’”. THE UNCLEAN TO BE REMOVED OUT OF THE CAMP. We may request cookies to be set on your device. He shall make restitution for his trespass in full, plus one-fifth of it, and give it to the one he has wronged.’”. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. In the midst of this chapter on the separation from sin, God therefore reminds Israel of the purpose of this separation – fellowship with God. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. They are generally obliged to wear a distinctive badge that people may know them at first sight and be warned to avoid them. i. Put out of the camp: It wasn’t that any of these things made a person or proved them to be a notorious sinner (though that was often wrongly assumed); but leprosy, unclean discharges, and dead bodies were reminders of the effects of sin – from which Israel must separate as they prepare to march on the Promised Land. Every offering of all the holy things of the children of Israel, which they bring to the priest, shall be his. And it has been thought, that the Israelites being strongly biassed in favor of such usages, this law of jealousies "was incorporated among the other institutions of the Mosaic economy, in order to free it from the idolatrous rites which the heathens had blended with it." b. iv. He shall bring the offering required for her, one-tenth of an EPHAH of barley meal; he shall pour no oil on it and put no frankincense on it, because it is a grain offering of jealousy, an offering for remembering, for bringing iniquity to remembrance. Of course, we choose individual acts of sin, but our sin nature was inherited. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. And the priest shall bring her near, and set her before the LORD. The association of the lepers, however, in this passage, with those who were subject only to ceremonial uncleanness, shows that one important design in the temporary exile of such persons was to remove all impurities that reflected dishonor on the character and residence of Israel's King. The purity of the church must be kept as carefully as the peace and order of it. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. The priest shall execute all this law: The last two matters of purity – in regard to restitution and resolving jealousy – look to make Israel a pure, Promised Land people in their personal relationships. You can check these in your browser security settings. In the midst of which I dwell: The great reason for this commanded separation is because God lives in the camp of Israel, so sin and its effects must be separated from. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. He shall make restitution for his trespass in full: Because restitution is commanded, this is obviously a case of sinning against another person (such as with theft, Leviticus 5:14-6:7) or withholding from God that which belongs to Him. His suspicions, however, were sufficient in the absence of witnesses ( Leviticus 20:10 ) to warrant the trial described; and the course of proceeding to be followed was for the jealous husband to bring his wife unto the priest with an offering of barley meal, because none were allowed to approach the sanctuary empty handed ( Exodus 23:15 ). But Jesus drank it for us. From the earliest times, the jealousy of Eastern people has established ordeals for the detection and punishment of suspected unchastity in wives. Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper--The exclusion of leprous persons from the camp in the wilderness, as from cities and villages afterwards, was a sanitary measure taken according to prescribed rules (Leviticus 13:1-14:57'). This is the law of jealousies--Adultery discovered and proved was punished with death. The priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water. God can’t abide with the old man but can with the new man. Small societies of excluded lepers live miserably in paltry huts. “Probably this ordinance gave the first idea of a hospital, where all those who are afflicted with contagious disorders are put into particular wards, under medical treatment.” (Clarke). This ceremony could only work with some supernatural element involved; drinking dusty and inky water won’t cause internal disease in only those guilty of adultery. 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