DCLM Search The Scripture Youth For November 5, 2023 : Topic – TEST OF MARITAL UNFAITHFULNESS
TEST OF MARITAL UNFAITHFULNESS
Memory Verse: “This is the Law of jealousies, when a Wife goeth aside to another Instead of her husband, And is defiled” (Numbers 5:29).
TEXT: Numbers 5:1-31
This study reveals God’s command to Moses that he should “command the children of Israel, that they put out of The camp every leper, and every one that has an issue, and Whosoever is defiled by the dead” (Numbers 5:2). It also deals With the matter of restitution for wrong as well as test for an Unfaithful wife. Christian youths are required to obey the Command of the Lord coming through His appointed representatives in the Church. One of such great command is To be holy. “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves According to your former lusts in your ignorance: But as he Which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of Conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am Holy”(1 Peter 1:14–16).
1. DETERMINATION TO SEPARATE FROM DEFILEMENT
Numbers 5:1-4; 12:9-15; Mark 7: 20-23; Matthew 15:11,18- 20, Daniel 1:8; 2 Corinthians 7:1
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Command the Children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every Leper, and everyone that hath an issue, and whosoever is Defiled by the dead (Numbers 5:1,2). The Lord’s instruction to the children of Israel was that they should separate from the camp people who had leprosy or a discharge of any kind, or who was ceremonially unclean because of contact with a dead body.
Question 1: Why did God command Moses and the children of Israel to put out the defiled from the camp?
God commanded the children of Israel to separate from the camp those that were defiled because He is holy and dwells in their midst. It was the responsibility of every Israelite to spot out anybody with defilements. These defilements can be contagious and could affect others if not promptly treated. The duty of preserving holiness in the church is not for leaders alone. Every true member of the Church must strive to preserve holiness among God’s people.
Question 2: What can Christian youths learn from the separation carried out in our text?
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man” (Mark 7:2-23). The physical things we read in the Old Testament have spiritual interpretations and applications to New Testament saints. Defilement originates from the heart and manifests through members of the body. The heart of a sinning youth is the very root of defilement while the other members of his body are the branches through which defilement manifests in different forms of sinful practices. Some youths have defiled minds and consciences (Titus 1:15); some have defiled themselves with mankind (homosexuality)(1 Timothy l:10); others defile their bodies which ought to be God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:17); there are those who are defiled with evil works and inventions (Psalm 106:39): and many have defiled their hands with blood because of ritual killings and abortions (Isaiah 59:3).
Question 3: How can a sinful youth be free from defilement?
Sinning youths must repent and forsake sinful practices before it is too late as defilement is dangerous. A defiled youth Is not in relationship with God and this can lead to damnation If he or she refuses to repent. Those who repent and turn from The defilement will find mercy and grace in Christ Jesus “But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become The sons of God, even to them that believe on his Name” (John 1:12). And the children of Israel did so, and put them out without the camp: as the LORD spake unto Moses, so did the children of Israel” (Numbers 5:4) . The Children of Israel were not forced to carry out the command of the Lord. Though they were required to obey, yet, they did so willingly, joyfully and promptly. Youths should see the love of God in His commandment to them and be willing to obey without delay.
2. REPENTANCE AND RESTITUTION FOR TRESPASSES
Numbers 5:5-10; Leviticus 6:1-7; Ezekiel 33: 14-16; Philemon 10-12, 18,19; Matthew 5:23, 24; Acts 24:16
The Lord instructed Moses to inform the children of Israel That when a person wrongs or injures another in any way. Thereby trespassing against the Lord, he is guilty. From our Text, we see that most sins that people commit are against Fellow human beings, but they also sin against God because the laws of God are broken thereby. Therefore, sinners are Guilty before God. Stealing from parents is trespassing against Them and breaking the law of God that says, “Thou shall not Steal” (Exodus 20:15). The same applies to all other Commandments in the Bible. Sinners are guilty and will be judged except they repent. Repentance and restitutions are divine prescriptions for all forms of trespasses without which the trespasser remains Guilty and condemned before God. Repentance is the complete Turning away from sin. It involves a change of mind about sin and a change of attitude towards it. Restitution is making Amends for all wrong doings towards our fellow men. They are Both very important towards making heaven. Repentance Towards God and restitution towards the wronged, injured or offended person are like our two legs without which we cannot Stand justified before the just God (Acts 24:16). Genuine repentance lifestyle. It is the realization that makes the sinner sees the need for a change of life which is only possible by repentance and faith in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. There must also be confession and forsaking of all sins and accepting Christ as Lord and personal Saviour. Christ has already paid the Penalty for or sins, but the sinner can only benefit from Christ’s redemptive work if he appropriates it by faith. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of Yourselves: it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).
Question 4: Why must Christian youths do restitution?
“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I Restore him fourfold” (Luke 19:8). The purpose of restitution Is to amend the wrongs done to others. It is also to have Conscience void of offence. “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men” (Acts 24:16).
3. RETRIBUTION FOR SEXUAL DEFILEMENT
Numbers 5:11- 31; Deuteronomy 22:22-30; 23:17,18; Leviticus 19:29; Genesis 34:1,2; 2 Samuel 13:1-
29; Romans 1:26-32; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17; Revelation 21:8, 27
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, if any man’s wife Go aside, and commit a trespass against him” (Numbers 5:11,12). God instructed Moses on what to do concerning the Test for an unfaithful wife. If a man’s wife secretly committed Adultery, her husband should take her to the priest if the Feelings of jealousy cane on him and he suspected his wife (Numbers 5:15,16). The priest should take the holy water in an Earthen vessel (a container made of clay soil) and put some Dust from the floor of the tabernacle into the water. With the woman standing before the Lord, he should loose her hair and Place in her hands as an offering of memorial or remembrance, While he himself hold the bitter water that brought a curse. Then the priest should put the woman under oath. The woman, if found guilty, would have her thigh rotten and her abdomen swollen “And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen” (Numbers 5:22). The priest was then to write the curses on a scroll and wash them off into the bitter water and had the Woman drink the water. The priest should take the offering out of the woman’s hand, wave it before the Lord and burn a handful of it on the altar. The woman would, however, be free of the effect of the curses if she was guiltless of the accusation. This test was to make the children of Israel watch against giving occasion for suspicion. On the other hand, it would check the cruel treatment such suspicion night bring. It would hinder the guilty from escaping, as well as the innocent from suspicion. No woman, if she were guilty, could say “Amen” to the oath, and drink the water after it, unless she disbelieved the truth of God, or defied His justice. Sin, though pleasurable to sinners, will end in bitterness. However, it should be noted that men are not exempted from judgment against immoral relationship. There is painful judgment for every boy or girl who gets involved in any form of immorality except he or she repents. Many youths get involved in immoral acts through self, societal and Satanic deceit. Satan makes people desecrate that which God has made to be kept sacred. Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. Keep it sacred. Deception into immoral defilement has led many youths into pornography, perversion, promiscuity, prostitution, prodigality, painful pregnancy and eventually, death. Be careful! Many have fallen and are regretting today.
Question 5: What could be the result of getting involved in immoral defilement?
“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). Dinah lost her chastity just because of a moment of identifying with her peers. Reuben, Jacob’s eldest son, Incurred curse because of the sin of immorality (Genesis 49:4). Ammon yielded to the bad counsel of his peer, committed incest, and he went to his untimely grave. God hates Immorality and youths who get involved make themselves enemies of God. They stand the danger of eternal fire except they quickly repent.
Question 6: What must sinful youths do to avoid or be free From immoral defilement?
We can avoid and be permanently free from all forms of Youthful lusts and immoral defilement by taking the following Steps:
Be saved and be sure of the experience (Isaiah 1:16-18).
Be separated from sinful, sensual and frivolous Relationship (Ruth 3:10,11).
Be sober: watching over your soul (1 Peter 5:8,9)
Be sanctified and pure within and Without (2 Thessalonians 4:3-5; 5:23).
Be careful of intimate relationship with the opposite gender (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
Be strong to say NO to sinful ideas (Proverbs 1:10).
Be Steadfast with the Saviour to the end (Revelation 3:11).
“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law Of the LORD. BIessed are they that keep his testimonies, And that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no Iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!” (Psalm 119:1-5).