Scripture: from verse 9
The cohanim must observe this charge of mine… I am Adonai, who makes them holy.
Observation: The passage orders that any priest who is unclean (whether because he had sex, or touched a bug, or interacted with an unclean person) is not allowed to eat the holy food until he is clean again.
I doubt that God structured this so that His priests would starve, but it was still a pretty stringent regulation. It doesn’t seem fair that they would be cut off from their jobs so frequently.
But God was the one who made them holy in the first place. The sacrifices belong to Him, not to them. He could insist on holiness because He was the one giving it.
Humans aren’t holy. We don’t belong in God’s presence. We can’t survive it. That’s why Yeshua became our holiness – our wisdom and our righteousness and our redemption are all Him (1 Cor 1:30). We have nothing except what He gives us.
Praise God He gives it freely.
Application: Look to Messiah to be your righteousness. There’s no other way in.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you so much for being my holiness. Thank you for saving me when I was beyond help. Help me to remember that you are my covering, and all I have to do is seek your face. Amen.