Leviticus 14 is another long chapter with almost 60 verses, but the subject matter is very important. Chapter 13 was about leprosy and how to discern leprosy from not leprosy. Meanwhile, this chapter is about cleansing. It’s about overcoming the problems and being able to return to health and life. It is about hope and the process of coming to cleansing. Leprosy was considered to be one of the more incurable diseases of the time. Once you had true leprosy, there was little hope of ever living a normal life again. It was generally a death sentence.
But this chapter brings hope. It brings the promise that a person can come out of it. This is a chapter of cleansing. In this chapter the priests and people are given instructions on what to do when a person is shown to be clean. What steps are necessary to allow them to return to the lives that they lost… their homes, their families. It is a promise that there are no true lost causes.
When i look and think about this, i think about those who have been consumed by drug and alcohol abuse. Those who lose their lives and purpose due to choices they have made over the years. There is hope. YHWH can bring cleansing and strength to those who need it. But it’s not limited only to drug and alcohol abuse. It is also for all other sins.
We are not without a way out. God can make a way. Not only can He, but He does time after time, day after day. No situation… no life is hopeless. We need simply to pursue Him. He is the one who brings cleansing.