Sentient Community

Read Leviticus 14:1 through 15:33

The word “sentient” means being capable of feeling. The biblical community is sentient. Beyond living in similar environments, holding common values, or having similar culture, biblical community is a living reality. Early in their relationship God revealed concern for the community of Israel. That concern was expressed in consideration for others by protecting them from potential contamination.

The priest is to go outside the camp and examine them (Leviticus 14:3).

The elaborate ceremony pronouncing the person clean allowed secure entrance back into the community. Both the individual and entire body of Israel were assured of God’s concern.

Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 12:27 that we are part of a living body and explained in another passage that the concerns of others must take precedence over our own (Philippians 2:3) if we have the mind of Christ.

Prayer Suggestion:

God, help me strengthen my community by seeing the needs of others as more important than my own.

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