The Dread Disease
Leviticus 13 does not make for titillating read – it is about sores, infections, and scars. Leprosy could crop up anywhere – from healthy skin, from healing skin, from scarred skin, from bald skin. Sin can sprout up from anywhere in our lives – from “good” things, from painful things, from past hurts, from empty time and brain space.
Each time there was a question of possible leprosy – it was serious and took a minimum of two weeks to deal with the crisis. People had to be isolated. Leather goods and fabrics had to be torn. Houses had to be remodeled. There was no quick fix, but the law stood between leprosy and the people as their protector -- if it was obeyed.
Avoid this, do this, check this, and don’t do that. The law was not merely a protector but a foreshadowing of Christ. Sin has no quick fix, but Jesus Christ is our protection against the dread disease. In Him alone is the strength to reject the power of sin and capacity to refuse to serve sin. The law provided the alternative to serving “me” and “my” → serving God. The law was God’s prescription for success in every arena: family, church, and culture. The problem was: we couldn’t keep it. We tried. We failed.
But Jesus Christ has fulfilled the law in every particular – He never failed. He is the ultimate prescription to our sin. In His life, He showed us the perfect example. In His death on the cross, He took our place before God for our punishment. In His resurrection, He has provided to us His perfect righteousness to cover our sin. And in the lives of those who believe and follow Him, Jesus Christ has poured out His Holy Spirit to enable us to triumph over sin and be healed.
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