Dirty Outside the Camp

Reading Numbers 5 last night, I stumbled upon an interesting verse:

You shall put out both male and female, putting them outside the camp, that they may not defile their camp, in the midst of which I dwell.

Numbers 5:3 helps us understand what the phrase, “outside the camp,” means in other places like Hebrews 13:11-13.  In the Old Testament, “outside the camp” refers to uncleanness and defilement.  The previous verse tells us that those who were unclean because of private discharges, contact with a dead person, or skin diseases were sent “outside the camp.”  This was explicitly “so that they will not defile their camp where I [God] dwell in their midst.”

Truly, then, it is said that Jesus “took on our infirmities” (Matthew 8:17) so that “by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5) of our sin-diseases against God.  We are those who belong outside God’s camp of holiness, but Christ has gone out there with our nasty illnesses, died in our place, risen to life, and brought us back in, with Him.

About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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