Today you should read: Leviticus 14
Throughout the book of Leviticus, and even much of the Bible, there are distinctions drawn between clean and unclean people, animals, food, offerings, etc. The Lord seems to place a heavy emphasis on these things. Since He is totally pure and He is the Standard-Setter, it makes perfect sense to Him. To us, though, it can feel a little overbearing. We have to strive to see this through His eyes, though.
Let’s think through this with the mind of Christ.
If I were to hand you a cup of water that has been contaminated, not only would you not drink it, you would not offer it to someone else. That might be a pale comparison to this chapter and the overall concept, but it helps you grasp the bigger picture. Parents: you don’t let your kids put on their filthy laundry over and over again. You offer them something clean, something sanitized. God is instructing the set-apart people of Israel to do the same. In Leviticus 14, those with skin diseases come to the forefront of the discussion, which takes things a bit further, because now we’re dealing with people who are unclean, not just things or circumstances.
This is fantastic foreshadowing to Jesus. He is the only True Priest who could cleanse lepers forever. He liberally gives sinners like us internal healing (sin/guilt/shame cleansed and conquered) and external healing (glorified bodies). He is the Great Physician, the true remedy.
Unfortunately, many of us and many among us will live with certain illnesses and defects until we meet Jesus. This is the reality of living in a depraved, fallen world. Does this mean it was caused by our own sin? No, scripture is clear about that. John 9 is a great passage to turn to about this very issue:
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. John 9:1-7
Long for healing, pray for it, and believe that He is able to give it. Trust, though, that His plan might include Jesus being glorified through your reliance on Him in whatever you have to deal with.
Posted by: Todd Thomas