Monday, August 06, 2007

Cleansing for Leprosy Leviticus 14

v1 The rites nd sacrifices in cleansingof the leper
v33 The signs of leprosy in a house
v43 The cleansing of that house

Leviticus 14:2 "This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing:..."

A long chapter with provisions for the cleansing of the leper. The process of bringing the cleansed leper back into the tabernacle of the congregation is given. Also, allowance is made for those who do not have the finances to bring the appropriate offering.

The priest goes forth from the camp and finds a leper healed. v3. Then the cleansing process starts with : two birds alive and clean and cedar wood and scarlet and hyssop. v4.

One of the birds is killed v5 and the other is not. The one to be killed is to be done in an earthen vessel over running water v5 . The living bird and other parts are dipped in the blood of the first bird and then the live bird is set free v6. Then the leper is sprinkled. This sprinkling is done seven times.

The former leper's clothes are to be washed as well as himself v8 and then he is to shave all his bodily hair off. v8

Then on the eighth day v10 two lambs and one ewe lamb and three tenth deals of fine flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil and one log of ol v10. The one to be cleaned is presented to the Lord and the sacrifices made. The sacrifices or offerings include a wave offering, sin offering and burnt offering and trespass offering.

The blood is put on the ear, thumb and toe in the appropriate places and the oil applied. v14-18.

Verse 21 deals with the poor who cannot afford the above offerings. One lamb for a trespass is waved and one tenth deal of fine flour v21 mingled with oil and a log of oil, two turtledoves or two young pigeons.

I noticed one passage "...such as he is able to get..." . The Lord makes provision so noone will be excluded from reconcillation.

The healed leper is doing nothing in the process except standing there while the priest does what is required to make him clean. Such as it is when Christ finds us and does the cleansing of our soul.

Verse 33 starts the cleansing of a house process when the house is found to be infected. There is a two step process. First they try to replace the infected rocks and replaster the house. When that does not work, the house must be torn down. v44-45.

References: Romans 4:4-5, Luke 19: 10 Hebrews 9:22, I Corinthians 15: 17

Psalm 32:1 "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered."

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