A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: ‘A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die, – Leviticus 21:1

The priests were not to touch a dead body, assist in a funeral, or eat of a funeral feast. While this was a very literal command for the Old Testament priest, there is a strong lesson in it for us today. We should not become too linked to people, or develop too close a friendship with those who are walking in spiritual death.

The New Testament tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:14 that we are not to “be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” When two very opposite kinds of people’s lives become linked, someone will be changed. Either the live person will pull the walking dead toward life, or the walking dead will pull the live person toward death.

The exception to this is the relationship that is specifically moving toward bringing a person to eternal life in Jesus Christ. That is why the Savior could eat with prostitutes and tax collectors, and touch diseased and even dead people. People were always left changed after being with Jesus.

It is God’s design to leave us here for a time after we are born again, when it becomes our great privilege to represent the creator of the universe, to serve as His ambassadors. And we, as Christ’s ambassadors, have been directed to say, “BE RECONCILED TO GOD.”

There is a huge truth here that we don’t want to miss; we are not commanded to do the work of reconciliation, because God has already done that work. We are simply to say to those who are walking in death, “Submit yourselves to God. Yield to the hands that were nailed to the cross for you, and be made alive.”


Heavenly father thank you for the word you have given us. Thank You, LORD, for eternal life in Christ Jesus our High Priest, who touches the dead in the spirit and gives eternal life. Help us to be Your ambassador everyday,
In Jesus’ name we pray,

A lost sheep found by Jesus 🐑 ✝️