Without the Camp

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled by the dead:
Numbers 5:1‭-‬2 KJV

The old testament provide us with types to understand the new. If you’re thinking from a present perspective, you will misunderstand why certain things were done the way they were done. Doesn’t it sound inhuman with the present development of social works to require a leprous person to be put without the people? However, if you understand the spiritual implications of the leper or someone having an issue,then you begin to grasp what God is saying. Here is Jim Reish on the spiritual meaning of leprosy: ”…leprosy represents sin and how it eats away at our lives. The leper was separated from people and was forced to live alone- he was an outcast. Sin always separates us from God and what He has for us”. The word ”issue” describes a bodily infection which discharges a secretion from the body. The woman with issue of blood suffered this. Bible Hub reports that, ”Contact with a dead body rendered the person unclean, and so disabled him from enjoying the privileges of the sanctuary”. Taken together, you will notice that the people valued their relationship with God. Whatever was meant to destroy that relationship was to be thrown out of the camp. That’s why Heb.13:13 speaks to us to go to Jesus who died without the camp to bring us close to God. Without the camp is a place of reproach and suffering. Christ took that for us so that we may be free today. He died without the camp.

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