Today’s Readings: Leviticus 12 – 14
Well, we are definitely in the middle of Leviticus. Our topics of the day are purification after childbirth, serious skin diseases, treatment of contaminated clothing and cleansing from skin diseases. Not exactly exhilarating topics to study. Hey what are you going to study today? Oh, I want to know more about red bald spots with white scales.
But there is some encouragement in today’s reading – if you know the whole story. That is one of my reasons for reading the whole Bible – if you know the whole Bible you can make connections. You can read and see how good we have it with Christ. You can read and see how much God has done for us. You can read and see how divine God’s whole plan was.
In today’s reading we see how serious skin diseases were. They were so serious the priests had to inspect them. People with skin diseases were considered ceremonially unclean. They had rites that had to be performed just to get back into the camp. They were outcasts.
We know that in the New Testament times of Jesus walking on earth, the leprous skin deceased people were still outcasts. They were often set apart unloved and unwanted. Being unclean, unloved and unwanted does not stop the Savior from coming to help you, even if you have leprosy.
Matthew 8:1 – 4 NIV
Jesus Heals a Man With Leprosy
1 When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. 4 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.”
Even if you are unclean, unloved and unwanted it does not stop the Savior from coming to visit with you at your house.
Mark 14:3 NIV
3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
Even if you are unclean, unloved and unwanted it does not stop the Savior from healing you. But first you must acknowledge him as Lord.
Like 5:12 – 13 NIV
12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.
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