The Wall Of Separation

“Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations…For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.”

Ezra 9:1-2

Sin has an allure to our flesh and there is a constant battle between our fleshly nature and our spiritual nature. I have heard some say that God took away all their fleshly desires, but I do not believe that will happen until we get to glory and we are freed forever from sin. If sin were not enjoyable for a time, we would not be drawn to it like we are. Our first parents were drawn to the one tree they were not allowed to eat from, even though they had access to everything their heart desired. They walked and talked daily with God and they had lifetime passes to the world’s best zoo. They found it difficult to separate themselves from the one forbidden tree just as we find it difficult to separate ourselves from the love of this ever-fading world. We can talk daily with God, but we sometimes obey our flesh and have trouble separating ourselves from our curse-ridden world.

We used to make an annual trip to Disneyland when the kids were little, and I believe Kate went every year for the first seven years of her life. We typically would get a room with two queen beds, and Rebekah and I would take one and the kids would take the other. The kids were used to sleeping with each other when they were young as Kate would rarely use her bed, and she would sneak into Nate’s room and snuggle with him most nights. Nate is pretty agreeable, so he did not push her out of bed, even though we would wake them up to discover Nate’s leg on top of Kate’s head or back. They looked so cute, but as they got older, they did not like sharing a bed and they each wanted to have their own bed. Traveling with the two of them is not as easy as it once was as we now look for a three bedroom instead of the one big room with two beds.

We went on a vacation not too long ago and we could not get the three beds, so the kids were forced to share a queen bed. I have shared a queen bed for over 23 years now, so I was not aware of the big deal this would bring. The kids were arguing about one of them having to sleep on the floor or on the couch, and we told them they would have to share the bed. We thought of the cute pictures of them sharing a bed as youngsters and they painfully thought that they might touch legs or feet while engaged in sleep. They spoke amongst themselves and I saw Nate gathering up all the pillows in the room. You know, the pillows that look cool until you have to go to sleep and find a place for them kind of pillows. He then used these pillows to build a wall in their bed, so they would be separated and one party could not possess a part of the bed that they were not privy to.

The kids woke up the next morning and the dividing line of pillows was a bit strewn about, but it appeared that it had done the job as Nate was on one side and Kate took up all of her half plus some of the middle pillow space. Nate and Kate had done the bed of separation and it appeared to have worked. They could have done without the pillows, but I am sure (and Nate was too) they would have woken up with Kate taking over 90 percent of the bed and Nate hanging on for dear life. Separation takes preparation and setting of boundaries and avoiding things that may easily integrate into your life. A “little bit” of sin soon grows like a wildfire, and before you know it, the whole heart is ablaze with it. The people of Israel did not separate themselves as they were commanded to, and they married outside of their religious beliefs and convictions. They were soon entangled in sin and had trespassed against the Lord. We often do the same thing when we do not draw the line in our lives and we do not guard our heart against sin.

How are you doing in the separation department? Are you playing around with the fire of sin or are you taking precaution by preparing and building your own “pillow wall”? We are called to be separate and holy, and we are called to be a peculiar people. A people not stained with the sin of the world, but a people that stands out and is salt and light to a lost world. May we be known by our faith, and may we separate ourselves from that which will entangle us with the snares of the enemy.

Stay in the Fight!

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