A Meditation: On Numbers 19:13 // The Water Of Seperation //

by Matheus Yuhlung

“Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.” – Numbers 19:13 (KJV)

Nine years ago when we moved into this place, the backyard was a complete trash. My mum was disappointed because she was excited to have the opportunity to engage in a little gardening. She had specifically made my dad chose such-such place when he was given an opportunity to chose a place of his own liking by the government office he is working for (which is something very rare in a city so populated like New Delhi).

Apparently, it seemed like the neighbours were not very much civil in disposing off their trashes. But being the only Christians in the neighbourhood, we chose to wear the image of love rather than confronting them about their shabby lifestyle.

Little by little, we got the backyard cleaned up. The neighbours learned to keep clean as well. But when that was over, the hardest part was yet to come, to make that small piece of land fertile again.

My mum got the whole place ploughed out; it looked like as though the whole place had been turned upside down. After which, for weeks all we did was scatter manure and watered it twice a day, until the seeds of our liking were sowed.

Matthew Henry wrote,

Why did the law make a corpse a defiling thing? Because death is the wages of sin, which entered into the world by it, and reigns by the power of it.

We shouldn’t contest with anyone who is dead by sin, but rather lead him to the fountain of the water of separation (from sin) that Christ is. It is hard I know, but I guess to confront the voices of the ungodly with the love of God is the most Christian thing to do.


We’ll only get dragged to the devil’s playground playing according to his rules, leaving us (the temple of God) defiled and segregated from the giver of life that Christ is. And that would be an expensive affair, wouldn’t it?

Picture Credit: ron.schwartz.am