Reading in Leviticus 21, the laws for purity were strict for priests. For example: a priest could not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who died (v. 2). They could not enter a place where there was a dead body except if the person who died was a close relative.
They could not shave their heads, shave off the edges of their beards, or cut their bodies while mourning. The reason was that they were the ones chosen by God to offer sacrifices of food at the altar and must be holy (v. 6).
Priest could not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands (v. 7). Also, physical characteristics disqualified Aaron’s descendants from serving at the altar. No priest could be blind, lame, disfigured, or have a skin disease (v. 17-21).
The laws in the Old Testament were strict for priest and for the congregation. So much so that it was impossible to keep the demands required to be holy but with God, what is impossible becomes possible. That’s why Jesus died on the Cross. If we surrender all to Jesus, His sacrifice washes our sin away rather than depending on the Old Testament law.
Our daily activities may conflict with what God expect from us but the Holy Spirit gives the advantage of thinking outside the box when conflicting circumstances come up. The Christian uses the power of the Holy Spirit to make the right choices in all they do.
The photo below was taken on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. After graduating from college, I had a few weeks available to travel through Europe.
Instead of going against the wind in the journey through life, harness the power of the wind; the constant, calm, and cool breeze of the Holy Spirit providing power now and into the hereafter.
Lord, help us to make wise choices as we set sail on our activities today. Help us depend on the lessons we learn from Your Word, the Holy Spirit speaking to us deep in our hearts, and the life experiences we go through. We believe that if we use these tools on a daily basis that You will work out our future in an amazing way! Amen