February 23

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 14, 15

Highlights: Instructions for cleansing leprosy and impurity associated with bodily discharges.

There seems to be two purposes in all these instructions. First, it seems God gave very practical rules that would guard against disease. In Exodus 15 God had promised, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.”

Much of what the law said however seems to have no practical value in dealing with sickness and germs. Therefore I believe a second purpose in all the rituals is that the physical ugliness and defilement and “uncleanness” is symbolic of sin. There is nothing immoral about being a leper or a touching a dead body. But such were not allowed fellowship when “unclean” and were allowed back only after becoming clean according to God’s rules. I may be wrong – if you have other insights, please help us out!

What seems to be the most practically beneficial of all of the commandments in today’s reading?

1 Comment

Filed under Old Testament

One Response to February 23

  1. Mary K

    The mildew regulation seems to me the most practical, although washing all your clothes after an illness is also a good idea.

Leave a Reply