History is replete with figures whose greatness reverberates through the centuries. Sometimes people want a piece of that greatness for themselves. A recent auction allowed people to bid on items that would be considered mundane had they not belonged to figures of distinction. A letter from George Washington sold for $275,000, and Albert Einstein’s telescope for $432,500. Greatness elevates everything it touches. In the Old Testament, ceremonial cleansing was also used to elevate objects for a special use in worship.

“Then a man who is ceremonially clean is to take some hyssop, dip it in the water and sprinkle the tent and all the furnishings and the people who were there” (Numbers 19:18).

Everything had been defiled, from clothing and furniture to simple pots and jars. So it is with sin. Since Adam’s rejection of God, brokenness has stained the world. But God has made a way to make people clean—through the Cross. Thank God for the cleansing power He provides to heal this world, to wash it clean, and to bring new life to sin-cursed humanity.

Challenge for Today: Spread life—feed someone who would otherwise go hungry.

Quicklook: Numbers 19:17–19

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