03(Lev 13-14)Sins of Leprosy
Read Leviticus 13:1-8.
§ Not just Hansen’s Disease; used of other contagious skin diseases.
§ These diseases not just dangerous to individual, but to everybody.
§ Isolated 7 days – examined – isolated another 7 days – examined.
There is a counterpart in our spiritual lives.
§ There are infectious diseases of the spirit: hurtful attitudes, burning resentments, feelings of anger, grudges we carry in our hearts toward another.
§ These also need to be detected because they are very dangerous – not just to us but also to everybody.
§ They need to be exposed to a priest – who is the priest in the NT? All believers.
§ This is part of the ministry of believers one to another. James 5:16
§ Why present ourselves to one another? We are blind to ourselves. (I am nice, genteel person! I find myself blind to my own failings.)
§ We rarely detect these things ourselves. That is why we need each other.
§ The biggest mark of leprosy was that it could spread. So too, our attitudes, etc.
§ The priest goes outside the camp to see if the leper is healed.
§ Someone is commanded to bring the items of ceremonial cleansing.
§ Water – purification.