“Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.” Leviticus 13:45-46 ESV
Thus truly a person with leprosy was OUTCAST from the camp of people in Israel.
See Leviticus 13 and 14 about this issue. It has a spiritual side in that it was probably to represent a picture of someone in their sins. Cleansing and healing from this were to be followed by sacrifices, even if sin was not a part of why they were defiled in this way.
So God wants us cleansed of our sins, and healed of our diseases. The former we can experience completely now. The latter will be finally fulfilled in the eternal state. But it is still Christ’s sacrifice that brings this cleansing of disease. Hence Isaiah 53:5: “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” But just as the Roman overthrow and the throwing off of all rulers 0ther than Messiah did not occur during the Messiah’s first appearance, but will at his second coming, so our sins can be cleansed and forgiven, but the ultimate healing of our bodies must wait until Messiah returns.
I must emphasize again how the Messiah Jesus reached down and touched this person when he healed him in Mark 1:40-45. Imagine the emotional healing that would have come at this time with such a touch. He was outcast, but not to Jesus. He was not accepted in the camp, but to God he was. And is. The man believed Jesus could heal him if only he would. And He would! Thank God for this beautiful picture of the compassionate heart of God. And remember Jesus is the EXACT representation of God’s being (Heb 1:3).
- Have you experienced God’s healing touch of your heart?
Through Christ’s sacrifice he has removed our guilt, and yet he must apply this to us and touch us in a personal way to remove our shame and heal our soul’s pain. So when we put our faith in Messiah Jesus, His Spirit comes to live in us and begin the healing of our inner person. He personally takes residence within us.
It is interesting to read in Lev 14 about the process a healed leper went through. It was a process analogous to what the priests went through. Blood was applied to the right earlobe, right thumb, and right big toe, and then the process was repeated with oil. This is a picture first of cleansing from our sins over our whole being, and then the coming of the Spirit to grow sanctification and healing in our whole being.
- Have you begun to allow the Spirit of God to heal your inner person and help you grow in sanctification?