Leviticus 19:1-37 (19)
The online free dictionary defines the word mingle as – to mix or bring together in combination, to be or become mixed or united, to associate or take part with others. The past tense form is mingled, which means the mixing has taken place, it has happened.
As we look at today’s scripture, it is telling us that something does not need to be mixed with something else. Is it specifically speaking of not having hybrid animals and plants?
These were practical laws to help set up everyday habits that were good for living. Planting two crops side by side together could be detrimental to one crop. As one crop could be stronger, growing taller than the other one, which would deprive the other of vital nutrients. You would not be able to plow a field evenly if there was an ox and a donkey harnessed together. The two types of cloth would be laundered and worn differently, which could reduce the amount of time for the garment's usefulness.
Here the garment reflects the outward common life of a sinful person. The new cloth represents righteousness and holiness. The two pieces of cloth cannot be sewn together, which could cause something worse to happen. The new wine was put into the new goatskins because as the new wine fermented it stretched the goatskin. Putting new wine into an older goatskin could cause the older goatskin to burst.
Here we learn about the parables of tares and wheat. What happens when we try to put the two together?
We cannot feast at the Lord’s table and at the table of the devil. Eating at either table means that we identify either with Christ or the devil. We cannot follow both. It is either one or the other. There can be no compromise.
This is and should be simple enough for anyone to understand. We cannot serve two masters. How is it that some Christians try to blend both lifestyles together? It does not work. We cannot be fully serving Christ when we are still tiptoeing around with the world. Heavenly values and earthly values contradict each other.
By being born again we take hold of the incorruptible seed. When it is planted it should be watered, fed, and nurtured with the Word of God, so that we are able to bear good fruit.
When we look at these scriptures from a spiritual point of view, we see that we cannot mix the old sinful man with the new righteous man. When we accept Christ as our personal Savior, we are to put away our old lifestyle. God was instructing Israel to be separate from the nations surrounding it, physically and spiritually. Christians today are to sustain spiritual segregation from all sin. (Exodus 19:5, Deuteronomy 14:2, 1 Peter 2:9)
The key point is for Christians to stay spiritually pure and not mix with the sin of the world.