Isolate Yourself – DCLM Daily Manner Devotional, 31 May 2021 By Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
“And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even.” – (Numbers 19:22)
During the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic that ravaged the world, a number of protocols were listed to be observed in an attempt to contain the spread. Among the measures were “social distancing”, “isolation” and “quarantine”. These became popular words in many societies whilst the scourge lasted. People, including members of family of a Covid-19 victim were not allowed to come close to their loved ones even at death. The reason for this was to prevent contact with anybody that had tested positive for the virus. So, in many countries, government took the responsibility of burying those who died of the virus infection.
There were many in the camp of Israel who were unclean because they came into contact with those who died from a plague. Though people could become unclean for other reasons, the primary reason in this context was the necessity to be cleansed because of their contact with the victims. There is need for the people of God to cleanse themselves of defiled hearts and rebellion against His law. They must also be people who possess a contrite heart before God. The passage also indicates that there is a connection between physical cleanliness and spiritual cleanliness. The physical cleanliness is an outward manifestation of one’s inner self, according to God’s law.
If citizens of a country could do everything to avoid contact with anybody or anything that could lead them to contracting the Covid-19, believers must be wary of any contact with anything that is capable of staining their garment of righteousness which could lead to eternal death.
God’s forgiveness was conditioned on the willingness of the individual to submit to the will of God. There is no grace without obedience to the will of God.