“ Cleansing”


BIBLE READING: Matthew 8
Most likely, many diseases went under the heading of leprosy in Bible times.  Not everything that appeared to be leprosy was in fact that actual disease.  The process by which one was diagnosed by the priest is outlined in Leviticus 14:1-32.  Since there was no cure for the disease in that time, if a person was cleansed it was by the grace of God.  If cleansing did occur, there was a definite process for restoring the healed person to the community (Numbers 12:13-15).  Sometimes leprosy came as a direct result of God's action (Numbers 12:9-15).
Lepers, under the Law, were like a type of sinner under grace.  Sin separated one from God and from His people (Isaiah 59:1-2), just as leprosy separated one from the community.  The separation caused by sin can be temporary or permanent (2 Thessalonians 1:6-9).  The only cure for sin is the blood of Christ, which we come in contact with in baptism.

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