Scripture: Leviticus 6:12 NASB “Dumb Ashes”
“Then he shall take off his garments and put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place.” Leviticus 6: 12
For some reason it strikes me that the priests had to change their clothes and couldn’t allow the ashes that drifted onto them to remain there. The ashes represent sins. Maybe they represent little sins.
How often do we let our little sins stick to us? After all, they’re just little sins. No biggies. Just the little ones. Maybe a little gray lie. Maybe cutting someone off in traffic. Not quite giving what we think we should at church. Buying something we don’t need and didn’t check with God about. Maybe you’re not as joyful or thankful as you should be. The list goes on.
Little sins aren’t little with God. They just may be a few ashes to us but to God they are violations of His nature and He hates them as much as the big sins.
In the Old Testament, a priest had to change his clothes to get rid of the ashes. In the New Testament we are told to “Put on Christ” (cf. Rom. 13: 14; Col. 3:10). Do you think Christ, our Great High Priest (cf. Heb. 4:14), has any ashes on Him? He does not. If we “put on Christ,” we will be rid of all our sins, including the little ones (cf. 1 John 1:9, “and cleanses us from all unrighteousness,” even the small sins we don’t even know about).
Is sin robbing you of your joy today? Put on Christ!
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
See if you can figure out the weight of some ashes that could drift on a person from a fire. Any sins you can think of that you take as lightly as that?
The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: Shut Up!