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Our next practical lesson from Leviticus is this:

8. GOD'S LAWS ARE DESIGNED TO PROTECT US, NOT DEPRIVE US.
Leviticus 11:46,47 - "This is the law of the animals and the birds and every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the earth, to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten."
God gave detailed instructions regarding their diet. There were certain things they were not to eat and God did not explain why. To some extent, it can be argued that some divine directives were given to them simply for the purpose of setting them apart as His unique people. However, it can also be argued that certain laws were put in place to protect the people (e.g., from trichinosis, etc.). Today there are laws in the New Testament that some think are only there to deprive us of pleasure (e.g., commands against fornication). Rest assured, God wants to keep us separate from the world and He wants to protect us from the suffering that sin always leads to. We must trust that the Creator knows what is best for us (cf. Jer. 10:23).

9. SIN, LIKE LEPROSY, CAN SPREAD TO OTHERS IF IT IS NOT ISOLATED.
Leviticus 13:45,46 - "Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, 'Unclean, unclean!' He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp."
Because leprosy could spread, it was imperative that lepers be isolated. The same is true with sin. If sin is not isolated and purged from a congregation, it will spread. It is still true that "a little leaven leavens the whole lump" (I Cor. 5:7).

10. THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT TERMS IN HEBREW, GREEK, & ENGLISH FOR POURING, DIPPING, & SPRINKLING.
Leviticus 14:15,16 - "And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand. Then the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle some of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD."
Notice that there was a difference for the priests between pouring, dipping, and sprinkling, and there is no difficulty distinguishing between those actions in the Hebrew, Greek, or English languages. When it comes to baptism in the New Testament, the term baptizo always means "to immerse, submerge, or overwhelm." New Testament baptism is not sprinkling or pouring water over someone.

11. THE LIFE OF THE FLESH IS IN THE BLOOD.
Leviticus 17:11 - "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul."
We today understand that we cannot lose much blood and survive; our life is very much connected to our blood. Of course, this was not always properly understood. The first President of the United States of America was ill and a doctor drained some of his blood, thinking it was "bad" and that removing it from his body would promote healing. Such thinking was mistaken, however, and he died. The life of the flesh is in the blood! Moses knew this approximately 3500 years ago.