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Leviticus 14 – Cleansing – II

The second half of Leviticus 14 continues with the same theme only in a different direction.  While the first half responds to cleansing for a person who has leprosy, the second half deals with “leprosy” (mold) in a house.  In order to keep people healthy, and keep people in a healthy relationship with YHWH, the priest is responsible for responding to unclean environments.  So when a home becomes unclean, or as YHWH says, “I put a mark of leprosy on a house in the land of your possession…”  It is the priest’s responsibility for responding to the situation and getting to the bottom of the problem.

It’s amazing just how much the priest is responsible for.  The priest acts as a priest, offering sacrifice to the LORD for the people.  The priest’s job is also to teach the people the laws and precepts.  He also acts as a physician diagnosing and treating some medical problems.  They also deal with culinary questions.  What is clean?  What is healthy to eat?  What is downright forbidden?  And, now we see them diagnosing problems with a house and acting as an inspector and contractor who is responsible to get the appropriate people on the job to get the right work done.  With all of this work to do; where does the priest’s job end?  Being the man who is responsible for the relationship between men and YHWH, he has a whole lot more to do to cleanse the lives of the people than we give them credit for sometimes.

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Leviticus 13 – Leprosy

We are beginning to see more that God is not simply talking to Moses.  In the very first verse we see YHWH speaking to Moses AND Aaron.  As Aaron has begun to take on his new role as the high priest, we see God communicating with him as well as Moses.  There are more expectations of Aaron, while Moses continues to be the leader of the people.  He continues to lead and guide the masses, but Aaron begins to take on more and more important of a role in this infant nation.  That is a good thing.

As we move on from motherhood, we come to the next major topic for the law of the Levities.  So, who wants to talk about leprosy!?!  “Anyone, anyone?”  What, no takers?  You mean that leprosy isn’t an exciting, world changing subject?  Well, it certainly is to the one who has it!

Imagine being the person who wakes up one day to find the white mark in your hand or arm.  You wonder what it is, and you hope that it isn’t serious.  As the days go by you notice it more and more.  You try to ignore it, but there it is starting at you ominously.  Others begin to notice and tell you that you need to go see the priest.  You finally go, the priest looks at the mark and decides that you need to be isolated for a week.  So you are separated from your friends and family and everyone that you love waiting and hoping and praying for this mark to heal.  Meanwhile it is ever so slowly getting worse and you are stressed, panicked, and all alone.  You come before the priest, he looks over your wound and the rest of your body, and… you could be spending the rest of your days an outcast.  What do you do?

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