The Old Testament does not make for light reading. I totally get how people struggle to get into reading the Bible.
This week I’ve been reading Leviticus and the law of Moses… The Old Covenant that was given to Moses by God.
Y’all know Moses? The baby in the bullrushes?! He had a big call on his life. After the whole water orphan start, he did a stint as the prince of Egypt, turned murderer, did a bunk to the country to hide out for like 40 years as a shepherd, when God dragged him back to Egypt to take centre stage for the plagues saga, then lead his homies out of slavery. Oh, don’t forget the part where he got to split the sea… he saw manna appear for food and water from a rock. Fireballs to follow … he had it all going on. Seriously, READ YOUR BIBLE IT’S CLASS!!!
If you think you have stuffed up or are too old for God’s plan for your life, honey, you ain’t got nothing on this guy! They reckon our Mo was about 80 when he started doing water tricks.
So basically these ex-slaves didn’t have much clue about independent life and now that they had this freedom they managed to get themselves into all sorts of bother. So God gives Moses this law for them to follow known to us as the old covenant. It’s a bunch of rules and regulations that was gonna keep them all ship shape. These laws covered everything: crimes, relationships, social interactions, sex, punishment, warfare, diet, sacrifices, sabbath ritual cleansing, and on and on! Fascinating, but all the fine detail can get a bit boring.
So this week I was reading about this law for people with serious skin diseases. I know right! I told you it covered everything. Because back then wholeness meant holiness and skin disease said NOT WHOLE.. poor people couldn’t even help it! Probably had milk allergies.
But that was then. And when Jesus came we got a new covenant and that my friends you really want to pay attention to.
Well, reading this it got me thinking.
Everyone sins, right? But these Lepers got a really rough deal. Like there was no hiding their ”SIN’; it was on show for all to see.
Like, what if every time we sin it was written on our skin with a permanent marker. And it was just there for everyone to see. Would it make a difference? My guess is it would. We have the privilege of being able to take our sin to God privately in prayer and seek forgiveness and isn’t that a relief. We don’t have to walk about with people looking at us saying, ‘oh gosh look what she has been up to’. (oh here, did you see what Sadie’s new sin was today!!)
But some people do have their “sin” on display, their mistakes have lasting consequences and that then makes it visible “sin”.
Ugh, I hate the word sin….
So I wonder do we think any differently about that once friend that had the affair and wrecked her marriage to the guy who sits in church with a secret porn addiction that no one knows about?
Do we treat the lady who got her name in the paper for shoplifting any differently than the guy who leaves a few thousand of his tax returns that no one knows about?
What about the single girl from church that now has a baby bump. Do we treat her differently from the girl having sex with her boyfriend but claims she is not?
What about the girl posting photos on social media of being in the pub at the weekend? Do we think differently of her than our friend that secretly downs a bottle of wine every night before staggering to bed?
I could go on but I’m sure you get my point. Just because you can see it doesn’t give you the right to judge it.
News Flash!! God is the only judge…. You, not God!!! soz!
“I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak,”
Matthew 12:36 ESV
If you see it, that should be your reason enough to love it! Obviously not the actual sin but the person.
Visible sin is no less worthy of God’s grace and mercy than that hidden sin.
“But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time. God is just to forgive us our sins because of Christ, and he will continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 TPT
And perhaps if we were less judgemental to the visible sin of people. those with the hidden sin would find us a little more approachable, and not feel the need to hide and continue their wrongdoing.
Nowhere in the Bible does God command us to judge our neighbour, we are called to LOVE.
“Above all, constantly echo God’s intense love for one another, for love will be a canopy over a multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8 TPT
This could be the difference between someone walking in their full freedom in Christ and someone being weighed down by condemnation.
This could mean someone cut off from the community, cut off from the church, cut off from God.
Don’t be ok with that.
Let your love be the difference in a person’s life, not your judgement.