“Anyone who touches a body of a person who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle of the Lord. That person will be cut off from Israel. He remains unclean because the water for impurity has not been sprinkled on him, and his uncleanness is still on him.”
Numbers 19:13 HCSB
This is a tough chapter for me, mainly because it deals with what is and isn’t ceremonially clean and unclean. This verse speaks to me in an odd way, though. It tells me that someone who is unclean defiles the tabernacle of the Lord, and remains unclean because the water for impurity hasn’t been sprinkled on him. It goes on to say that his uncleanness is on him… In modern (as in the past 2,000+ years) I see this as a metaphor for Jesus’ blood. It purifies me, but I have accepted it. If I choose not to accept it, I am choosing to remain unclean.