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Leviticus 14

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Regulations for the Cleansing of Leprosy

Leviticus 14

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Lesson Number 13

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The healing of a leper is a spiritual picture of salvation.
  2. The cleansing of the leper is a spiritual picture of sanctification.

Practical Application

  1. Remember that spiritual pictures are not plain statements.

Questions

  1. What is included under the “leprosy” category in Leviticus?
  2. What regulations concerning leprosy are covered in Leviticus 13-14?
  3. What happened to a person who was found to have leprosy, as described in Leviticus 13?
  4. Are the first verses of Leviticus 14 a procedure for curing leprosy?
  5. What is meant by “sanctification”?

Answers

  1. The discussion of leprosy included much more than the disease we call leprosy today. It included a number of skin diseases and even included mold or mildew in homes and garments.
  2. In Leviticus 13 the emphasis was on the identification of various outbreaks of the disease. In chapter 14 the emphasis is on the healing and cleansing of the various outbreaks of the disease, including an infected house.
  3. The leper had to be separated from the camp and from the Lord whose presence was in the Tabernacle – certainly a picture of the effects of sin.
  4. No! This procedure was for restoration if the leper was found to be healed.
  5. To be set apart from sin and consecrated to the Lord

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discus how the healing of the leper is a spiritual picture of salvation.
  2. Some spiritual pictures in the Old Testament are quite obvious and easy to see. Other are not as obvious and we need to stay more open to their interpretation. Discuss how you strike the balance on this in your Bible study.

Challenge

  1. When the healed leper brings a sacrifice, the blood of the sacrifice is put on the right ear, the right thumb, and the right big toe. Sanctification is concerned with what we listen to, what we do with our hands, and where we go with our feet.

Key Verses

  • “Then the priest shall offer the sin offering, and make atonement for him who is to be cleansed from his uncleanness. Afterward he shall kill the burnt offering.” Leviticus 14:19

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