DCLM Daily Manna Friday, April 29, 2022
TOPIC: Proper Hygiene Enjoined
TEXT: Leviticus 15:19-33
“But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.” – (Leviticus 15:28)
DCLM Daily Manna Friday, April 29, 2022, MESSAGE
Well into the 19th century, liberalisation of soap making was uncommon; hence, it was heavily taxed as a luxury item in several countries. When the tax was removed, soap became available to most people and cleanliness standards across societies improved. Today, personal and domestic hygiene are no longer arduous tasks.
When God redeemed the Israelites from Egypt, out of concern over their physical health and wellbeing, He enacted a series of laws. This was to encourage them to maintain physical and spiritual cleanliness before Him. An axiom states that cleanliness is next to godliness. God is particular about cleanliness, which enhances wholesome health.
God’s laws prescribed personal hygiene practices among the Israelites. The woman was required to take good care of herself within a specified duration. Non-adherence to the stipulated statute would lead to contamination, which required sacrifice prescribed by the priest for cleansing. Furthermore, the unclean and all that encountered them are considered defiled and are isolated from the community.
No doubt, personal hygiene and physical cleanliness have greatly improved today. However, there is a great increase of moral decadence. Outrageous ways of living due to depravity have become the new normal while insidious pleasure and practices are widely accepted. However, God’s admonition is, “be not conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). Maintain bodily and spiritual cleanliness always.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Endeavour to be clean within and without.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: 1 Samuel 6-7