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.
Well, that’s three pens i have gone through now. I ended up switching from fountain style to ball point style, and i definitely don’t like the difference in quality of the ink. The fountain style is definitely scratchier on the paper while the ball point writes smoother, but the ink and quality of writing i get with the fountain style definitely makes it a better quality pen overall.
If faith in action is the theme of Abram/Abraham’s life, and blessing the theme of Isaac’s, then wrestling / struggle appears to be a major theme of Jacob’s life. In chapter 30 we see Jacob’s wives, Leah and Rachael, struggling together to bear sons for Jacob. They go so far as to follow in his grandparents footsteps and bring their maids into service to bear children for them. Jacob gets angry at Rachael for her blaming him for her being barren, and finally God opens her womb and she is able to bear.
Meanwhile, Jacob is struggling with his uncle Laban who is expecting Jacob to work for him for basically nothing. Since Jacob’s arrival, Laban has been blessed more and more. He appears to be becoming wealthy at Jacob’s expense. Meanwhile, Laban appears to continue to have an attitude that Leah, Rachael, and their children still belong to him. With that kind of attitude it’s no wonder that Laban had struggled with being blessed before Jacob’s arrival.
By the end of the chapter progress has been made. Leah has borne six sons and one daughter, and her maid has borne to Jacob two sons. Meanwhile Rachael’s maid has borne Jacob two sons for her, and God has finally blessed her by opening her womb and she has borne Joseph. All have overcome.
Meanwhile, Jacob is finally getting paid for his services to Laban. He gets the spotted, speckled, and striped sheep and goats, and God is blessing him. He is overcoming his Uncle Laban’s greedy behaviors.
Do we feel like we are constantly struggling with no success? I know that i feel that way at times. So often it seems like i am working so hard, and the success is so limited. I know that God is taking care of me and blessing me, but it is easy to focus on the struggle and lose sight of the times and ways God has helped me to overcome. We will have trials, troubles, and tribulations in life. They can be walls that block our way, or just bumps in the road. God gives us the strength to succeed and overcome. What do you have to thank God for today?