Numbers 5,6; Psalms 22; Acts 26
“When she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse. If however, the woman has not made herself impure, but is clean, she will be cleared of guilt and will be able to have children” (Nu. 5:27-28)
The recipe for this concoction is found in verse 17 where her drink is mixed with dust from off the tabernacle floor. I’m sure it included the residue from animal sacrifices that would be mixed into her smoothie. She then agrees that if she is guilty, this will become a curse. Her own words would act as judge and jury to condemn her. Then the kicker is in verse 23: “The priest is to write these curses on a scroll then wash them off into the bitter water.” Make no mistake! This was a clear and determined judgment that she would bring on herself if she were untruthful! But if she were innocent, then these curses could not stick. This is an amazing lie detector test.
God created us, not necessarily to be immune from sickness or hurts, but you created us to self-heal. However, one of the prerequisites is that we harbor no evil thoughts or hold no unresolved sin in our lives. Think about it in this way: If we are basically healthy, and should we catch a cold, we will heal expeditiously. However, if we have pre-existing health conditions, we will get sick very easily, and when we do, it will take forever to get well! This goes, not only for individuals but also for churches. If a church is basically healthy, they will hardly suffer relational illnesses, and should they do, they heal quickly and move onward. This is why forgiveness and overlooking other’s errors rather than holding offenses are so important! However, if they harbor resentment, the consequences are horrific.
This is an amazing teaching in a classroom of life. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for giving us living examples that reinforce the instructions you give about not holding offenses, forgiving quickly, and not holding bitterness against others… because it hurts us much more than them. Help us to keep a clean heart as we serve You!
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