Sitting for 5 minutes with my phone, clicking through the local headlines, I listed the following topics that need cleaning up in America.
- drug sales
- human trafficking
- big pharma
- big tech
I bet we would agree too, that this is not a complete list. What would you add to it?
One of the things the Lord showed me a few weeks back was that we need cleansing. As a nation we need cleansing and as individuals, we need cleansing – a good scrubbing clean.
In fact, He was commanding us to get clean – to remove uncleanness from our life and nation. Here’s what He said,
The Lord spoke…Command the people……”Numbers 5:1-2 ESV
Not often do we hear of the Lord COMMANDING his people, but this is one of them. He is ordering us, charging us, commissioning us to be cleansed. Now, not later. Let’s look at what we are to be rid of.
Command the people that they are to put out of the camp everyone who is leprous or has a discharge and everyone who is unclean through contact with the dead.”Numbers 5:2- ESV
Three uncleannesses were to be put out of the camp.
- the leprous
- the one with a discharge, an issue
- those who come in contact with the dead
In this biblical context, the ones who “quaified” in those categories were sent away from the camp where God was and sent away from the army. They were let loose from the encampment so their uncleanness wouldn’t contaminate the whole camp.
I believe that the Lord is speaking that to you and me in these days. He is calling us to a personal and national season of cleaning/cleansing. That involves removing from our camp (our family, our life) these things and then praying for their removal and cleasning from our nation. So what do these three represent?
Leprosy is an attack on the nerve endings & loss of ability to feel pain. It has a long incubation period and when it arises, it shows as specks on the eyelids, palms and gradually spreads, bleaching the hair white with sores and swelling appearing. It casues bodily harm because of the loss of the pain mechanism by the nerve endings being attacked. And contrary to what we’ve heard, it is NOT easily contagious – but rather is caught by close, repeated contact with someone untreaded. It ends up eating inward to the bone, eventually rotting the whole body. Therefore, it has come to represent an outward and visible sign of a innermost spiritual corruption.
For the leprous, they have become desensitized, barely able feel pain anymore. Nerves shattered, and the ability to see clearly spotted by leprous specks that have found their way beyond vision to everything they do. Swollen with pride and sore with callousness, and dullness of feelings, their hearts and souls have become bleached out, dry and numb.
You will become like them, through close, repeated contact. And that is why God is commanding you and me to remove the leprous from our camp. Remember too, it’s not them. The cleansing the Lord is commanding is for us first. How have we become desensitized to what is happening in our world? Are we feeling the deep pain of the Father’s heart for our sick and dying world? Have our eyes become spotted and blinded to God’s Truth and Justice? Are our actions those of world changers or couch potatos?
Remove every bit of leprosy from your camp, from your life life. Confess, repent, seek His healing and restoration. Now is the time for a clean up in America, starting with us. He is commanding us to.
The one with a discharge, an issue
The discharge here in Numbers means “to flow freely, like water; to gush, flow away”. To waste away.” It may be referring to the STD gonorrhea, or female menses. But it reminds me of the woman in the Gospels who, for 12 years had an issue of blood. This issue for years had bled her dry of hope, money and options. All she had, had wasted away with her issue, she had no hope or help.
Jesus is capable of handling and healing all of our issues. Whatever be the issue that has caused us to waste away years… He wants to touch, cleanse and heal it. WIthout the Master’s touch, our issues will remove us from the camp where the presence of the Lord is. Our issue, will remove us from His presence.
Our nation has issues that can only be healed as we, His Body are healed, cleansed and restored. Now is time for a clean up in America, starting with us. He is commanding us to.
Those who come in contact with the dead
Old Testament law did not permit the Jews to touch anything dead. There are very specific regulations involving contact with and cleansing from touching dead things. So this charge is not aimed that direction, for it is already covered. Its aim however, is at those who contact the dead through mediums, seances, phychics, & witches. It is those involved with witchcraft and the like that are to be removed from the camp, so as to not allow their evil influences to affect the nation.
My friend, there is no power greater than that of the Almighty God, Jehovah, the great I AM. To meddle with the evil spirits who war against God, is to war with God Himslef. To seek tarot cards, a daily reading, a deceased loved one or the full on dark powers of magic and sorcery, to cast spells or try incantations, all of these, we are commanded to be cleansed from. Run all them evil spirits, books, signs, and sins out of your camp. Confess your sin, repent of it, ask forgiveness and be cleansed from everything having to do with the dead and their dry, old, dead spirits. Now is the time for a clean up in Ameica, starting with us. He is commanding us to.
Lest you think these ideas are far fetched for New Testament believers, the New Testament is clear that we are to cleanse ourselves for every form of impurity and sin. Cleansing is a new testament concept.
- 1 Cor. 5:7 – cleanse out all the old leaven…
- 2 Cor. 7:1 – let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness
- Jas. 4:8 – cleanse your hands you sinners and purify your hearts you double minded
- Mat. 8:3 – immediately his leprosy was cleansed
- Acts 15:9 – having cleansed our hearts by faith
- 2 Pet. 1:9 – …having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins…
Cleasning is for now. Is needed now. In my life. In your life. In the nation.
Webster says that “cleanse” means = clean, especially to be rid of impurities by washing. Remove toxins from body. Purge, purify, sanctify.
If we are to see our nation rid of murder, assalut, theft, violence and the others we listed earlier, it starts with us. It starts in me. It starts in you.
I am asking you to consider joining me and others in a personal prayer of cleansing and repentance. Evaluate and rid your life from any –
- leprosy – anything that has numbed your senses to God’s heart. Blinded your eyes to His truth & justice. Anything that has eaten away at your spiritual condition. Those things that have worn away at your ability to feel completely and even experience pain
- issues – that have run for years through your life and bled you dry of hope, healing, and faith. Issues that represent wasted years.
- contact with the dead – renounce all associations with witchcraft, mediums, the supernatural, evil spirits, and walk as one covered by the Blood of Jesus, whose death overcame all forms of darkness, and by whose death you are victorious over them all
Here’s how –
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 28:13 – he who confesses and forsakes them (his sin) will obtain mercy.
Psalms 32:5 – I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my inquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, and you forgave the inquity of my sin.
I believe the Lord is calling us all to put out of the camp everything that is unclean. Including these that we have discussed. He is calling for us to be purified, cleansed, forgiven and empowered. I don’t know what lies ahead for us in America, but I do know that He is up to something amazing and is looking for clean vessels that He can use.
That’s why your prayer of cleansing and my prayer of cleansing is the start of a clean up in America.