As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, “Unclean! Unclean!” He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp. – Leviticus 13:45-46
Leprosy was a horrific malady, pervasive during Israel’s exodus from Egypt. In retrospect, God’s laws concerning the treatment of those who were so afflicted might seem inconsiderate, harsh, or even cruel, but they were intended to prevent an epidemic.
As a picture of how we should see and approach sin, God’s treatment of leprosy can also be quite instructive. For example:
Sin, like leprosy, should grieve the afflicted.
Sin, like leprosy, should cause those who have been “infected” to warn others of its destructive effect.
Sin, like leprosy, should be removed from our lives in order that it might not spread.
Sin, like leprosy, can scar a person for life.
Ultimately, sin (like leprosy) can only be removed by the healing touch of an Almighty God, through His Son, Christ Jesus.
In all our efforts to eradicate diseases (like leprosy), let us be sure that we do not surrender to sin in the process.
God’s wounds cure, sin’s kisses kill. – William Gurnall
Dr. David Pope is the Founder and CEO of Pope Initiatives. ARM Solutions is a division of Pope Initiatives that exists to activate collaborative efforts for sustainable impact among the global unreached.
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