Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Leviticus 13: Leprosy and the holy people

Good afternoon girls!
Today we are looking at God's teachings regarding 'leprosy'. Usually today when we read the Scriptures, we identify leprosy symbolically as 'sin', especially in the New Testament. In this chapter God gives VERY specific rules about what His holy people were to do regarding sickness, specifically mentioning skin diseases (not just leprosy). The main thought here that I can see is that there is a difference between those who are 'clean' and those who are 'unclean'. It is either one or the other. And so it is to this very day, and will be until we get to heaven.

On earth there are only two types of people. I don't mean rich or poor; happy or sad; good or bad; wise or foolish. The two types I mean are 'saved' or 'unsaved'. The Bible says that there is no difference between us, whether Jew or Gentile, when we are born. We are all born in sin which makes us all unclean in God's sight. There is none righteous, no, not one. There is no one any better than anyone else. And we cannot make ourselves clean in God's sight, no matter how hard we may try, no matter how much money we give to charity or how many good things we do; all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. We must accept God's free gift of salvation based on the finished work of His sinless Son, if we are ever to be clean in God's sight. Isaiah 1:6 describes perfectly the soul that remains in sin, unclean. However, when we come to Christ for cleansing, we have His perfect righteousness imputed to us. When God looks upon a saved soul, He no longer sees our filthy past, our dark sins; instead He sees only the pure righteous robe we wear, given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself when we come to Him in humble repentance. Isn't this something wonderful to rejoice in today? Even though there are times when we don't 'feel' very clean because we have sinned again and grieved a holy God, we can come back to our heavenly Father and in sincere repentance, confess our sins for a fresh cleansing in His atoning blood. Look at the words of Psalm 51:1-3,
"Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me."
Also, look at the very important verse 46 in Leviticus 13, regarding the leper.
"All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be." 

What a very sad picture of the sinner. He is isolated from God and from other Christians. He is separated from his saved family by a huge barrier of sin that no one but Christ can break down. The sinner must acknowledge his sin and ask Christ to save him otherwise he will be left outside in separation for the rest of his life and then eternity. Those of us who are saved belong to a large, loving, caring family looked after by a tender heavenly Father. But what about the sinner - the Bible says here that "he shall dwell alone." Aren't these sad words? When trouble comes to you or me, we have the mercy and grace of God to carry us through and to comfort us; the sinner is alone. He has no one to help and comfort him. If you think back to the days when you were without Christ, you'll probably remember this is how it was. I certainly do. Of course, I never understood until I got saved what it was that was missing, but now I wonder how I ever lived without the Saviour.
Remember that it was the Saviour Himself who 'touched' lepers when no one else would go near them. Do we take time to reach out to those in sin when others would have nothing to do with them? There is no difference, except some people have been cleansed and others are still unclean, but we all started out in exactly the same way - unclean by nature.

Prayer matters:
♥   Ask the Lord to help you to bring all your sin to God, on a daily basis, for cleansing.
♥   Pray for those dear unsaved souls you know who are 'alone' and without God and without hope, that they will soon come to Christ for cleansing and then know that wonderful love and grace that we as saved souls already experience

Hugs, Karen x

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