God’s Call to Holiness (Leviticus 14-15)

Daily reading assignment – Leviticus 14-15

The infectious nature and potential spread of leprosy in the midst of Israel’s encampment was a serious matter. Fifty-nine verses were devoted to leprosy in Leviticus 13 and today’s scripture reading continues with an additional chapter of fifty-seven verses (Leviticus 14).

Leviticus 13 addressed the examination of the leper and preventive measures should leprosy be present.  Leviticus 14 provides the prescribed procedures and sacrifices should one be deemed healed of the disease (14:1-8). After following the commanded practice for purification, the leper was pronounced clean and restored to the fellowship of his family and nation (14:9-32).

Leprosy was the physical disease God chose to illustrate the infectious danger of sin among his people. (Leprosy is portrayed as a punishment for sin in Numbers 12:9-10 and 2 Chronicles 26:19).

Sixteen times leprosy is described as “unclean” in Leviticus 13.  Leprosy affected the tissues and nerves; eventually causing the extremities to rot and decay.  It so mutilated the body it was an agonizing ugliness.

Leviticus 15 addresses various physical ailments that would arise among the people.

The LORD imparted to Israel laws that were not only functional, but also insured the health and welfare of the nation. Israel was unaware the guidelines Moses gave to them from the LORD were an evidence of His loving care for them.

Modern science has demonstrated the disease laden nature of bodily fluids (described in Leviticus 15as “a running issue”) and the danger of coming in contact with the bed linens and garments of one who is ill (15:4-7). We do well to continue to observe the procedures Israel was instructed to follow.

Leprosy and disease have been the plague of humanity since the Fall of man; however, there is an even greater pandemic called Sin.

Atheists and liberals would have you believe man is born innocent and his environment (i.e. home, society, religion) is the cause of societal deprivations.

God’s Word reveals at the heart of man’s problem is a problem of the heart.

The Lord declared to Jeremiah, “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).   Paul, equating sin to a physical ailment writes, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing” (Romans 7:18).

Jesus taught His disciples, “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man…”  (Matthew 15:19-20a).

Copyright 2020 – Travis D. Smith