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Leviticus 11-12:8 (Mark 5:21-43)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. … And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. …. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:1-31 KJV)

O.K. So what happened that now there are clean and unclean animals? (Rhetorical question). As we search for why the laws, the setting apart of clean and unclean, holy and secular/profane some of the explanations do not satisfy me. I’m not saying they are wrong, I’m just saying I’m still “thirsty” for understanding. I want to know the why and wherefores. If everything was created “good” and “very good” what has sin done to corrupt God’s creation? Or has each created things purpose just been thrown out of wack because of sin? (Again Rhetorical) Man sinned, not the plants, not the animals, not the bugs, what did our sin set into motion that we now read about this separation and division? (Rhetorical).

I stated this previously but it bears repeating, everything we read about in the Old Testament points to the New, everything that God inspired man to write in the Old points to Jesus Christ. Life is all about choices and God gave the church in the wilderness something to choose, life or death, blessing or curses, holiness or the profane. It is all about choice. He commands Israel, to “be perfect because I am perfect.” Israel was given 600 plus laws, and the deal was, You break one you break them all. The only way you could do this was definitely not in your own strength because no one could keep the law. That is why the altar in the Tabernacle has to be busy from sun up to sun down. This could only be done by faith under the Old Covenant (Habakkuk2:4), as well as under the New (Rom 1:17; Gal 3:11; Heb 10:38). So to be Perfect like God, back then and now, one must walk with God and your perfection comes by way of identification with God/Christ.

One of the things I think that point toward Christ are the consumption of the animals that have split hooves and chew the cud. (Yes, I know I am probably going off on the deep end but here goes). Split hooves, at least to me, points to separation, choosing one thing over the other, not melding the sacred with the profane. They are close enough to be seen but with enough distance to be separated. Along with the split hooves, there must be constant chewing, digesting what was eaten and bringing it back up again to be chewed on some more, this speaks to me of “meditating” on God’s Word. The nutrients in the “grass” are not exhausted in the first swallow, but must be “chewed” over and over again. I believe it is akin to mediating on every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, and we know that Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1)

This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. (Joshua 1:8 AMP)

Also we can take note that Jesus “appears” to have broken or subverted Levitical Laws in today’s New Testament readings. He has been touched by a woman with an issue of blood, thus by the Law is unclean (We will read this in the days to come), he has not only been in the same room with the dead but touched the body making Him unclean. Could the statement He made to the “mourners,” “…She is sleeping” been said to not “offend” the people who knew she was dead? (Yes, again Rhetorical) Whatever the reason, death, sickness could not stay when Jesus showed up.

And another thing: In this passage there are a lot of twelve’s. Jesus is walking with his twelve disciples and is stopped by a man with a sick daughter who is twelve years old. He is then touched with an intentional touch by a woman who has been bleeding for twelve years. Is twelve the number for “God’s Purpose? (There are 12 sons of Jacob; 12 tribes of Israel, Hmmm). I am reading a secular book written by the famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, Realm of Numbers. It is non-fiction and it gives the history of our number system and mathematics in general. On page 45 he discusses that there was a challenger to our base 10 numbering system, it was the number 12.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Think it more than a coincidence that Leviticus' uncleanness scriptures coincide with the woman with an issue of blood.
Could it be that Jairus knew personally of the woman with an issue of blood, perhaps all too well, for the impositions she may have caused over the years making his temple unclean?
Think it probable in her desperation, she went to the synagogue for help, outcome being the temple being declared unclean for a time. Think Jairus knew this woman well and when he finds that she is the reason for stopping their mission to heal his daughter he is chagrined to find this woman to be the cause for the delay. It may be possible and perhaps necessary for him to witness her healing, to bolster his faith to believe that Jesus could also do the "impossible" for his daughter. In wondering what Jairus' thoughts could have been when Jesus says, "Trust me," what he has just witnessed may have helped him release his thoughts of despair to that of trust by focusing on Jesus and His Word. Think it critical that Jairus focus on Jesus and not his daughter's condition or what the rest of the world was saying for his daughter to be healed.
The daughter didn't believe, she couldn't, her father believed for her.
This pertains to us as we may become entrenched in life's trials and adversities.
We must focus on Jesus, not the impossibilities.
He is, after all, God of the impossible.
He owns and ordains the present as well as the future.

A couple thoughts came to me in today's verses. The first one allowed me to reflect on what it means to be holy. Webster defines holy as connected to a god or a religion; religious and morally good. I know that I cannot be holy on my own but only through receiving and accepting the holy spirit. Today I pray for the annointing of the holy spirit on my life and every waking moment. This website also provides a good description what it means to be holy: http://www.gotquestions.org/holy-holy-holy.html


I just love your commentaries Ramona! I truly think a good deal of your meditation you recite here on this site could make for a good discussion and good bible study! Good job! With that being said: I do pray for holiness: I pray that each of us will set ourselves apart for greatness and choose His path and love and like Philippians 4:8, Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. 1 Tim 3:16: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit. We have His spirit living inside of us..we are Justified "Just as if we never sinned"..selah! Pause and think heavily on that! Be blessed!

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