When A Leper Is Healed In The Old Covenant

One thing we don’t know about the times of the laws of Moses is if priests had the power of God to heal people. We can assume some of them did by reading Leviticus, chapter 14, but it is still uncertain after reading the following verses. “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, this shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest: And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper; Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop.” (Leviticus 14:1-4) In these passages, it appears to mean that if the person heals naturally of leprosy, then they can also be cleansed and be made clean. Sure, Elijah had God’s power to heal, of which he also healed Naaman, who was a leper, but God giving this same power to priests is unknown.

One thing that was necessary for the old covenant was an animal needed to die when we sin. The same was said when we are healed from leprosy, which is a bird that dies. The instructions were very specific on what animal is sacrificed and for what reason. These verses read, “and the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.” (Leviticus 14:5-7) Thankfully, all burnt offerings are done away with, with Christ. Jesus is the last sacrifice for sin and all we need to do is to accept His sin offering and put our trust in Him. Amen.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help us to know Your will. You are the last sacrifice for sins, Jesus, but if there is anything we need to offer up on our behalf, please let us know. In this hour, I will offer up these four things. A life to serve You; to hear Your voice and do as You say; to know Your will and also tell others also; and to love You with all my heart and my neighbor as myself. It makes me so happy when I am in Your service. It is a joy to be Your witness in this darkened world. Many people hate me for Your sharing Your gospel message with them, but that is up to these people to reject this message of hope. Surely, many people have a false hope in their lives and are following false prophets and false Christs. This can make a person feel comfortable for a season and even until death, but to die like this is destruction. Therefore, help me find such people who are lost and are ready to receive You. I love You, Lord. I trust in You. Amen.

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