Clean Before the Lord
By Don Ruhl
Approaching the Lord requires that we meet His protocol. For example, when an Israelite contracted leprosy, he became unclean. However, if he later was healed of the leprosy, he could be declared clean.
Part of that process was mentioned here, “Then the priest who makes him clean shall present the man who is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of meeting” (Lev 14.11).
Once cleansed of the leprosy, the Israelite could then meet the Lord’s protocol and appear before Him.
Likewise, on the inside we have to meet protocol and be clean to present ourselves before the Lord.
Sin is the leprosy of the spirit, and we have to be cleansed in the waters of baptism to remove the uncleanness from our spirits that we might appear before the Lord. Baptism does not remove the uncleanness of the flesh, but it cleanses the spirit, according to Peter (1 Pet 3.21).
Devotion or Curiosity?
By Don Ruhl
After the Jews arrested Jesus, Peter did this, “But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end” (Matt 26.58).
Peter stayed close enough that he could see Jesus, but not close enough to be involved with Jesus. He hid in the crowd, curious to see what would happen, but not out of the crowd to stand with Jesus to experience what would happen.
Peter had been a devoted follower of Jesus, and later Peter would rededicate himself to follow Jesus again, but there was this moment when he simply wanted to watch.
Why are you following Jesus?