Bible Reading: Numbers 34 – 36; Mark 11
Scripture: ‘‘Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.’’ Numbers 35:34
Observation: As Israel moved towards Canaan, the land God had pledge as their possession, God gave rules to them deliberately to guide their lifestyle. As the God of all holiness, holiness was expected from His people and this was the emblem that was to mark them out from other nations around them. More to this, as God dwelled in the midst of His children, holiness was to be their hallmark.
Application: God dwelled in the midst of Israel; as such they were to uphold holiness as a lifestyle. In his letter to the Church in Corinth, Paul said: ‘‘Do you not see that you are God’s holy house, and that the Spirit of God has his place in you?’’ (1 Corinthians 3:16 BBE). Because God dwelled in the midst of His children, He demanded absolute holiness from them. God no more dwells in houses built by hands, rather He has his place right inside of us…we are God’s holy house! If we are indeed His holy house, how clean are we for Him to have His place in us? ‘‘…Or are you not conscious that your body is a house for the Holy Spirit which is in you, and which has been given to you by God? and you are not the owners of yourselves…’’ (1 Corinthians 6:19 BBE). ‘‘And what agreement has the house of God with images? For we are a house of the living God; even as God has said, I will be living among them, and walking with them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’’ (2 Corinthians 6:16 BBE). Our body is a house for the living God…we are not ourselves…we, therefore, have no business with unholy living…we have no right to defile God’s house…let’s keep God’s house clean…He dwells in us.
Prayer: Think about this and pray.