2 chapters. Amen.
If you don’t feel like reading this post, let me put the conclusion at the top:
What is that passage talking about? It’s talking about our own state of sanctification and the enjoyment of the presence of God. Those who are covered in sin, who are contaminated by the fall, cannot enjoy unhindered fellowship with God. They cannot enjoy the blessing of the presence of God, and so, what has to happen? They have to be declared clean.
Matthew 8- “When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.
We need to consider a few things when we read:
- This tabernacle is portable. Why? Because it is the blueprint for the Temple, where God will dwell. Canaan (The Promise Land) is the destination on the GPS (pillar of fire and the cloud). This is a pagan land, filled with pagan rituals that include blood, sacrifices, and sex. God will need to set His people apart.
- Leprosy and other skin diseases were often synonyms for Sin. From the surface of the skin (rashes), to our deepest self (discharge that leaks out). It will all be seen by the High Priest.
- Hygiene- still related to sin. It can be contagious! Who you keep close will either contaminate you or you will infect them. You can make application to these chapters.
- The cleaning of items in the house. What is the contaminate in your home that breeds sin?
Now the geeky part of the blog:
I am including chapter 13 in this post since I really didn’t address it yesterday, but self-reflect for your own application. This section of Leviticus talks about four things:
- the priestly inspection
- the basis of the priest’s diagnosis
- the diagnosis itself and the consequences
The priests had the responsibility of distinguishing between the clean and the unclean, plus they had to teach the people the difference. Leprosy as representing sin resulted in the leper’s separation both from God and from other people. In many respects, leprosy and sin were similar in both their character and consequences.
The priests were the public health officers, but they served in their priestly capacity. Israel was a holy nation, and even her cleansing from sickness was done with religious ceremony. Sickness was symbolic of sin, and even now it should not be forgotten that sickness and death are part of God’s curse on the sin of Adam. Therefore, cleansing the diseased person required sacrifices.
The steps in the leper’s cleansing and restoration are a picture to us what Jesus Christ has done for sinners. Don’t miss 14:3
The priest is to go outside the camp and examine them.
Jesus meets them AS the sinner. Then who makes the sacrifice, clothes them, and washes them clean? The PRIEST.
Listen, I know this was a hard read but there are some really cool details…like the scarlet thread at the end of Chapter 14.
I leave you with this to read: Hebrews 10:19ff
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water…
26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?