Some products, such as pharmaceuticals and advanced electronics, are extremely sensitive to contamination and require specialized manufacturing facilities known as clean rooms. These spaces use intricate air purification and ventilation systems. Workers often must wear full-body protective gear—not for them, but to keep the delicate, expensive products from being damaged.

Similarly, Israel’s Levites had to endure a meticulous purification process before working in God’s Temple, the ultimate clean room.

“To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing on them; then have them shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes. And so they will purify themselves” (Numbers 8:7).

Entering the presence of God requires purity. Sinful humanity jumped through elaborate hoops to offer worthy sacrifices, but those sacrifices were not enough. So God the Father offered a sacrifice of His own—the purifying, cleansing blood of His Son. When you rise from the waters of baptism, you are declaring that through Christ, you are pure.

Thought for Today: The work of the Savior is adequate to cover the sinfulness of the repentant.

Quicklook: Numbers 8:5–8

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