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Cleansing the ex-leper

Query for the Month

of

May 2014

Next up-date: June 1st 2014 (God willing).

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In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding.  Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library.  No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.  All the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.   


Query: 

Leviticus 14:

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 

2 This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest: 3 and the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy BE HEALED in the leper; 4 then shall the priest command to take for him THAT IS TO BE CLEANSED two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet [cloth], and hyssop: 5 and the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: 

If the leprosy has already been healed then from what is he to be cleansed? 

And what happened to the other bird?

 

Response:  

In this chapter we get to see what sin is really like in God’s eyes, and in the eyes of the people of the universe.  We are living in a world which is a “leper colony” to them but we do not see our real condition, and the Spirit uses this disease to try and show it to us. 

In the following verses the word “leprosy” has many meanings, some of which are not at all like the leprosy that most of us imagine.  However, if we think in terms of a very contagious disease that can affect animal skins and wool as well as human flesh, we will be nearer the mark, although some cases were real leprosy as we know it, of course.

These various afflictions were considered highly infectious in ancient times, and it was part of the priests’ duties to assess them and make diagnoses.  (The priests, under God, were to be examiners, no more.  As we have seen in the past, God is the only Doctor (Exodus 15:26), therefore to be cured the patient needed to come to Him.)  The worst leprosy was the one which caused the affected body parts to become gangrenous and rot away (as in the second death), but some could also have an effect on clothing or even houses. 

The only solution [apart from the LORD’s healing] for truly infectious diseases was isolation.  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that has an issue, and whoever is defiled by the dead.  Both male and female shall you put out, without the camp shall you put them; that they defile not their camps, in the midst whereof I dwell.  And the children of Israel did so, and put them out without the camp: as the LORD spoke to Moses, so did the children of Israel”. Numbers 5:1-4.

Why was this separation necessary, apart from the quarantine aspect?  Sin is the cause of disease, and proximity to the Son of God who often came to the camp would aggravate the symptoms and the pain, so for their good these folk should be kept away from the physical person of the Son of God.  He was not afraid of them, they needed to be afraid of Him and His glory.

Sanitation in the desert was primitive so infectious diseases were always a problem.  The Son of God did tell them one way to help the quandary.  “And you shall have a paddle upon your weapon [like a spade]; and it shall be, when you will ease yourself abroad, you shall dig therewith, and shall turn back and cover that which comes from you: for the LORD your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you, and to give up your enemies before you; therefore shall your camp be holy: that He see no unclean [unsanitary] thing in you, and turn away from you.” Deuteronomy 23:13-14.  In other words, to be hygienic!

Some of these “leprosies” were self-curable (under God) by our immune system operations. Of course, for the serious cases the only way was to come to the LORD directly, but not many did this in the Old Testament times.  But consider the case of the Syrian general [a non-Jew] who was healed.  “Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance to Syria [he was listener to God]: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.” 2 Kings 5:1; 18.  [Obviously not a contagious one for his king was not afraid to touch him.]

When the Son of man healed ten lepers at once in the New Testament, they all rushed off in haste in their joy, but only one, a Samaritan, returned to say “Thank You.”  Luke 17:11-21.  One of Jesus’ close followers had been a leper. “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the [ex]leper [who had been healed by Jesus], as He sat at meat [at the table], there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she broke the box, and poured it on His head” and we all know what happened after that!  Mark 14:3.

Below are some of the more common afflictions which were all called “a leprosy”, all of which apply to the sinner in a spiritual way, and even sometimes to a sinning Christian.  (As we read we should substitute “woman” for “man”, or “she” for “he” as required etc.)

Leviticus 13: 

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 

2 When a man [or a woman] shall have in the skin of his [her] flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he [she] shall be brought to Aaron the priest, or to one of his sons the priests: 3 and the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and when the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight be deeper than the skin of his flesh [this was an important part of the diagnosis], it is a plague of leprosy [an inward plague]: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean [infected].

4 If the bright spot be white in the skin of his flesh, and in sight be not deeper than the skin [flat or raised], and the hair thereof be not turned white; then the priest shall shut up [isolate] him that has the plague seven days: 5 and the priest shall look on him the seventh day: and, behold, if the plague in his sight be at a stay, and the plague spread not in the skin; then the priest shall shut him up seven days more [two seven day periods of quarantine in total ]: 6 and the priest shall look on him again the [second] seventh day: and, behold, if the plague be somewhat dark, and the plague spread not in the skin, the priest shall pronounce him clean: it is but a scab: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean [not infectious].  

7 But if the scab spread much abroad in the skin, after that he has been seen of the priest for his cleansing, he shall be seen of the priest again: 8 and if the priest see that, behold, the scab spreads in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a leprosy [a spreading disease] . . .  

[More than one inspection might be needed to be able to diagnose correctly, for the spread of the disease was one characteristic of “leprosy”,  just as it is with sin, which is one of the reasons the LORD delays His coming.  This will need to be seen in the last days “as it was in the days of Noah”.]

9 When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought to the priest; 10 and the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising; 11 it is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean [immediately], and shall not shut him up [keep him in isolation]: for he is [obviously] unclean.  

12 And if a leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of him that has the plague from his head even to his foot, wheresoever the priest looks; 13 then the priest shall consider: and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that has the plague: it is all turned white: he is clean.

14 But when raw flesh appears in him, he shall be unclean . . .

29 If a man or woman have a plague upon the head or the beard; 30 then the priest shall see the plague: and, behold, if it be in sight deeper than the skin; and there be in it a yellow thin hair; then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a dry scall [sore], even a leprosy upon the head or beard. 

31 And if the priest look on the plague of the scall [sore], and, behold, it be not in sight deeper than the skin, and that there is no black hair in it; then the priest shall shut up him that has the plague of the scall seven days: 32 and in the seventh day the priest shall look on the plague: and, behold, if the scall spread not, and there be in it no yellow hair, and the scall be not in sight deeper than the skin; 33 he [her head] shall be shaven, but the scall shall he not shave; and the priest shall shut up him that has the scall seven days more:

34 and in the seventh day the priest shall look on the scall: and, behold, if the scall be not spread in the skin, nor be in sight deeper than the skin; then the priest shall pronounce him clean: and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean.

Here’s a more up-to-date version:

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Leviticus 13: 29-37 

The Message (MSG)

”If a man or woman develops a sore on the head or chin, the priest will offer a diagnosis.  If it looks as if it is under the skin and the hair in it is yellow and thin, he will pronounce the person ritually unclean.  It is an itch, an infectious skin disease.

But if when he examines the itch, he finds it is only skin deep and there is no black hair in it, he will put the person in quarantine for seven days.  On the seventh day he will reexamine the sore; if the itch has not spread, there is no yellow hair in it, and it looks as if the itch is only skin deep, the person must shave, except for the itch; the priest will send him back to quarantine for another seven days.

If the itch has not spread, and looks to be only skin deep, the priest will pronounce him clean.  The person can go home and wash his clothes; he is clean.  But if the itch spreads after being pronounced clean, the priest must reexamine it; if the itch has spread in the skin, he doesn’t have to look any farther, for yellow hair, for instance; he is unclean.  But if he sees that the itch is unchanged and black hair has begun to grow in it, the itch is healed.  The person is clean and the priest will pronounce him clean.

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The point to notice in our query text is not so much that the ex-leper needs cleansing AFTER being healed (although that IS important), but the number of times this takes place.  And the length of time it takes – a period of seven/eight days in ritual, which means a complete time in the literal! (“As long as it takes” is how we would put it today.  Each different kind of “itch” or “sore” has a spiritual meaning, but we will not go into all that at this time.  Let us concentrate on the number of times of cleansing while not forgetting that EVERY word of God has a meaning for us which we will eventually unravel, at least to the first few layers, before the Second Coming.  To get to the bottom of the layers will take eternity – and then some. 

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Leviticus 13:

38 If a man also or a woman have in the skin of their flesh bright spots, even white bright spots; 39 then the priest shall look: and, behold, if the bright spots in the skin of their flesh be darkish white; it is a freckled spot that grows in the skin; he is clean. 40 And the man whose hair is fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean . . .  

45 And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip [a face mask], and shall cry, “Unclean, unclean”.

46 All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without [outside] the camp [or village etc.] shall his habitation be.

47 The garment also that the plague of leprosy is in, whether it be a woollen garment, or a linen garment . . .

51 And he shall look on the plague on the seventh day: if the plague be spread in the garment, either in the warp, or in the woof, or in a skin, or in any work that is made of skin; the plague is a fretting leprosy; it is unclean. 52 He shall therefore burn that garment, whether warp or woof, in woollen or in linen, or any thing of skin, wherein the plague is: for it is a fretting leprosy; it shall be burnt in the fire . . .

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Of all diseases known in the East leprosy was most dreaded.  Its incurable and contagious character, and its horrible effect upon its victims, filled the bravest with fear.  Among the Jews it was regarded as a judgment on account of sin, and was called “the stroke,” “the finger of God”, and the sufferer was considered cut off from life by this punishment, which helps to explain the apparent abandonment of the victims. 

Deep-rooted, ineradicable, deadly, it was looked upon as a symbol of indwelling power of sin.  It was generally believed by the Jews (and, sadly, by many Christians today and in the past) that sin is PUNISHED in this life and that leprosy was the ultimate sentence.  Every affliction was regarded as the PENALTY imposed by God for some wrongdoing, either of the sufferer himself or of his parents.  (See John 9:1-2.) 

It is true that all suffering RESULTS from the transgression of God's law, but this truth has become perverted.  Satan, the author of sin AND ALL ITS RESULTS, has led men and women to look upon disease and death as proceeding directly from God, – as punishment arbitrarily inflicted on account of sin.  Therefore anyone upon whom some great affliction or calamity had fallen had the additional burden of being regarded as a great sinner in God’s sight.  

But one prophet saw this as extending to the whole church!

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Isaiah 1:

1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah [790-686BC]. 2 “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth:” for the LORD has spoken,

“I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me.

3 The ox knows his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel does not know, My people does not consider. 4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they are gone away backward.  

5 “Why should you be stricken any more?  You will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores [leprosies]: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment”.

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God had previously given a lesson designed to prevent this error.  The history of Job, one of the earliest books recorded in the Bible, had shown that suffering is inflicted by Satan, and is overruled by God for purposes of mercy.  (Consider Job 1:12.)  But Israel, like so many others, did not understand the lesson.  The same error for which God had reproved the friends of Job was repeated by the Jews in their rejection of Christ, and is in the process of being repeated today. 

(For my version of Job’s story try this URL: 

http://ancient-sda.com/ancient/joe_story.html

By the ritual law, the leper was pronounced unclean.  Like one already dead, the sufferer was shut out from the habitations of men.  Whatever he or she touched was unclean.  Whoever touched them or their possessions was also unclean.

The air was considered polluted by their breath.  One who was suspected of having the disease must go to the priests, who were to examine and decide the case. 

If pronounced a leper, he or she was isolated from their family, cut off from the congregation of Israel, and doomed to associate with those only who were similarly afflicted.  The law was inflexible in its requirement.  Even kings and rulers were not exempt.  A monarch who was attacked by this terrible disease must yield up the sceptre, and flee from society. (Consider 2 Chronicles 26:21.)

Away from friends and kindred, the leper must bear the curse of the malady. 

Each one was obliged to publish their own calamity, to rend their garments, and sound the alarm, warning all to flee from the contaminating presence.  The cry, “Unclean! Unclean!” coming in mournful tones from the lonely exile, was a signal heard with fear and abhorrence by those untouched by the scourge.

But it was possible to be mis-diagnosed, and the affliction could heal, and therefore there was a ritual which covered such a possibility, which is what our query text is explaining.  The Spirit then used this ceremony to help explain what happens when a “sinner by nature” becomes a “Christian by nature”, when the “leprosy of sin” is exchanged for “a healthy life”.

Because it was looked upon as a symbol of indwelling sin our Saviour took great pleasure in immediately curing any unfortunate who came near Him and asked for healing, as an illustration of His willingness to give us the rebirth. 

For instance:

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Mark 1:

40 And there came a leper to Him, beseeching Him, and kneeling down to Him, and saying to Him, “If You will, You can make [even] me clean”.

41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth His hand, and touched him, and said to him, “I will; be you clean”. 42 And as soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.

43 And He straitly [earnestly] charged him, and forthwith sent him away;

44 and said to him, “See you say nothing to any man: but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony to them”. 45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to Him [there] from every quarter. 

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The main reason Jesus asked him not to talk about his healing was that the priests were already very prejudiced against Him and His teaching, and might even give a false pronouncement in spite against Him.  It was for the sufferer’s benefit, not just for the Son of man, but when it was disregarded, it meant that He had to withdraw for a while so that He would not be accused of associating with “known felons”!

Every act of Christ's ministry was far-reaching in its purpose.  It comprehended more than appeared in the act itself.  So in the case of the leper.  While Jesus ministered to all who came to Him, He yearned to bless those who came not.  While He drew the publicans, the heathen, and the Samaritans, He longed to reach the priests and teachers who were shut in by prejudice and tradition.  He left no means untried by which they might be reached.  In sending the healed leper to the priests, He gave them a testimony calculated to disarm their prejudices.

The Pharisees had asserted that Christ's teaching was opposed to the law which God had given through Moses; but His direction to the cleansed leper to present an offering according to the law disproved this charge.  It was sufficient testimony for all who were willing to be convinced.   

I repeat, the work of Christ in cleansing the leper from his terrible disease is an illustration of His work in cleansing the soul from sin.  The man who came to Jesus was “full of leprosy”.  Its deadly poison permeated his whole body.  The disciples sought to prevent their Master from touching him; for he who touched a leper became himself unclean.  But in laying His hand upon the leper, Jesus received no defilement.  His touch imparted life-giving power.  The leprosy was cleansed.  Thus it is with the leprosy of sin – deep-rooted, deadly, and impossible to be cleansed by human power.  “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.  From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores”.  Isaiah 1:5-6. 

But Jesus, coming to dwell in humanity, receives no pollution.  His presence has healing virtue for the sinner.  Whoever will fall at His feet, saying in faith, “LORD, if You will, You can make [even] me clean,” shall hear the answer, “I will; be you made clean”. Matthew 8:2-3. 

In some instances of healing, Jesus did not at once grant the blessing sought. 

But in the case of leprosy, no sooner was the appeal made than it was granted.  When we pray for earthly blessings, the answer to our prayer may be delayed, or God may give us something other than what we ask for, but not so when we ask for deliverance from sin.  It is His will to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life.  Christ “gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father”. Galatians 1:4.  And “this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He hears us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him”. 1 John 5:14-15.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. 1 John 1:9.  

To come back to our query, the law continues:

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Leviticus 14:

4 Then shall the priest command to take for him that IS TO BE CLEANSED two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet [cloth], and hyssop: 5 and the priest shall command that one of the birds [the human nature of Christ] be killed in an earthen vessel over running [or fresh] water [which represents the Holy Spirit].

6 As for the living bird [the divine nature of Christ], he shall take it, and the cedar wood [for the cross], and the scarlet [cloth, representing the sin], and the hyssop [the sprinkling agent], and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: 7 and he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy SEVEN times, and shall PRONOUNCE HIM CLEAN [the 1st time], and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.

[This cleansing is not from the leprosy for that has already been replaced, but to show that the ex-leper has learnt something of the way of the LORD regarding the nature Christ took when He came to earth, and the effect it was having on his/her life.]

8 [But there is more learning to come!]  And he that IS TO BE CLEANSED shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and [yet] shall tarry abroad OUT OF HIS TENT seven days.

[He is healed and cleansed and now IN THE CAMP, but not in his own home yet.  This reflects the fact that after the salvation experience he/she is in the family of God but not yet in the new world – he/she is being sanctified.]

9 But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off [again]: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and HE SHALL BE CLEAN [for the 2nd time].

[Seven is the number of completeness, and in the plan of salvation there is provision made for the ex-sinner to commence in the school of God immediately after conversion (the 1st cleansing), but not to graduate from it until after the 1,000 years of “rest” in heaven (the 2nd cleansing). 

Then after removing all his/her cranial hair in order to look like a newborn, they are ready to come back to earth to repopulate it with sanctified people. 

This is what it will be like:

Isaiah 65:17-25.

“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.  But be you glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create [new] Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.  And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.  There shall be no more from there an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days . . .

And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.  And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw [grass] like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, says the LORD”.]

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There is another aspect to the two cleansings which we could look at:

After the “circumcision” and “baptism” of the rebirth there is a FIRST ceremonial  sabbath day (the 15th day of the first month) which illustrates that the person could be translated into heaven immediately by following a certain path.  If this is not desired, then the whole “week” (a lifetime) will have to be spent in learning in order to reach the last ceremonial sabbath (the 21st day of the month) when a further opportunity arises in which to be translated.

Unfortunately, most of those who have followed the LORD have rejected these opportunities, (usually unconsciously) and opted for “death” by clinging to their sins as they are asked to give them up!  That’s why there has to be a resurrection at the end of time. 

Let’s continue in the ritual:  

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Leviticus 14: 

10 And on the eighth day [representing the day AFTER the end of the dispensation] he shall take TWO he lambs without blemish, and ONE ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, and three tenth deals of fine flour for a meat [meal] offering mingled with oil, and one log [jar] of oil [and come to make an offering]. 11 And the priest that makes him clean shall present the man that IS TO BE MADE CLEAN, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: 12 and the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a TRESPASS offering [a sin somewhere between an unknown one and a deliberate one, but slanted AGAINST the LORD – one which we will look at later], and the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD:

13 and he shall slay the lamb in the place where he shall kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the holy place [on the north of the courtyard]: for as the sin offering is the priest's [to eat], so is the trespass offering: it is most holy.

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Right here we need to pause and realise that the Spirit was teaching through this ritual that there would come a time in history when EVERYONE would realise the dual nature of the Son of God after the incarnation, and the connection between Him and His redeemed, the ex-lepers of this world.  This can only occur after the thousand years of learning that resurrected ones will have gone through after the Second Coming.  It was not clear in the text because we are supposed to be perplexed as we read it and have to ASK Him to explain it to us.  

But thus it is written:

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Revelation 5:

6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of [i.e. round about] the throne and of the four beasts [the living animals which represent God’s people; the lion, the man, the ox, and the eagle], and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had [just] been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes [“all power” Matthew 28:18], which are the seven Spirits [the seven aspects of the Spirit] of God sent forth into all the earth.

[John had been invited into heaven at the beginning of his vision, and he was being shown what it will be like after the resurrection.]  

7 And He [the just finished being crucified Lamb of God (in the minds of the redeemed)] came and took the Book [of the true history of the world] out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne [the Father]

8 And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours [incense], which are [mixed with] the prayers of [resurrected] saints. 9 And they sung a new song [prayer], saying, “You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for You were [long past tense] slain, and have [just past tense] redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 and have [present tense] made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall [in the future] reign on the earth” [thus showing that ALL of them are the redeemed whom John saw IN HEAVEN.  Chapter 4:1.]  

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What will happen then?  Let’s get back to the ritual to find out.

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Leviticus 14:

14 And the priest shall take some of THE BLOOD [the evidence of a death] of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that IS TO BE CLEANSED [to show that he/she has accepted the death of the Son of God on their behalf and is now listening], and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot [to show that they will do His will even to the death.  Revelation 12:11.]

 [This anointing is required just after the resurrection of conversion,

                   as well as from the grave.]

15 And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand: 16 and the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD [bringing the Holy Spirit into the action.]

17 And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed [to show that Spirit is speaking to him/her], and upon the thumb of his right hand [to show that he/she will do things for the LORD under the direction of the Spirit ], and upon the great toe of his right foot [to show that he/she will follow the LORD wherever He goes], upon [on top of] the blood of the trespass offering: 18 and the remnant of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall pour upon the head of him that IS TO BE CLEANSED: and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD.

 [This is also the anointing required for a priest. 

   Exodus 29:21; Leviticus 8:1-30; 1 Peter 2:9.]

19 And the priest [on duty] shall offer the sin offering [extra to the trespass offering], and make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed from his uncleanness; and afterward he shall kill the burnt offering [of dedication]: 20 and the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the meat [flour] offering upon the altar [according to the rules]: and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and HE SHALL BE CLEAN [for the 3rd and final time].

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It was the spiritual understanding of this that John used as a basis for his record in the book of The Revelation.  It is also a picture of the FINAL offering on the Day of Atonement – the BURNT offering AFTER the sins have been put on the scapegoat.  (See Leviticus 16:24.)

This ritual was so important that the LORD made provision for a poor man or woman to offer a cheaper version, but its effect was the same.

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Leviticus 14:  

21 And if he [the ex-leper] be poor, and cannot get so much [has very little knowledge of the sacrifice of the Son of God]; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved [there has to be a realisation of a death caused by the trespass], to make an atonement for him, and one tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil; 22 and two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the ONE SHALL BE A SIN OFFERING [separate from the trespass offering], and the other a burnt offering.

23 And he shall bring them ON THE EIGHTH DAY for his cleansing to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the LORD. 24 And the priest shall take the lamb of the trespass offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering [above his head] before the LORD: 25 and he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, and the priest shall take SOME OF THE BLOOD of the trespass offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot [as before]:

26 And the priest shall pour of the oil into the palm of his own left hand: 27 and the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger SOME OF THE OIL that is in his left hand seven times before the LORD: 28 and the priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place of the blood of the trespass offering: 29 and the rest of the oil that is in the priest's hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed, to make an atonement for him before the LORD [as he would have done for the previous offering].

30 And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such as he can get; 31 even such as he is able to get, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, with the meat [flour] offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed before the LORD.

32 This is the law of him in whom is the plague of leprosy, whose hand is not able to get that which pertains to his cleansing.

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From there we progress naturally into the new world:

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Leviticus 14: 

33 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 34 “When you be come into the land of Canaan [representing the new world], which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession [by the resurrection of the rejecters]; 35 and he that owns the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, ‘It seems to me there is as it were a plague in the house’: 36 then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house. 

[We need to understand the real meaning of the Lake of Fire,

and the going into the new Jerusalem, and these rituals will help in that.]

37 And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow streaks, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than [below the surface of] the wall; 38 then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days.

39 And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house; 40 then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city. 41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: 42 and they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other mortar, and shall plaster the house.

43 And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he has taken away the stones, and after he has scraped the house, and after it is plastered; 44 then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house: it is unclean. 45 And he shall break down the [whole] house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the mortar of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place [to be burnt in a fire which can consume anything.  Revelation 20:8.]

[It was from verses like these (the apparently uninteresting ones) that the Son of man learnt His lessons when He was a boy.  Maybe we should pay more attention to them?]

46 Moreover he that goes into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even. 47 And he that lies [has laid] in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eats [has eaten] in the house shall wash his clothes.

48 And if the priest shall come in, and look upon it, and, behold, the plague has not spread in the house, after the house was plastered: then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed. 49 And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet [cloth], and hyssop: 50 and he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water: 51 and he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet [cloth], and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: 52 and he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet [cloth]:

53 but he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement FOR THE HOUSE [the new world]: and it shall be clean

54 This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall, 55 and for the leprosy of a garment, and of a house, 56 and for a rising, and for a scab, and for a bright spot: 57 to teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean: this is the law of leprosy.

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Conclusion:

 

 

 


Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated,

but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject.

 

Next query. To be discussed from June 1st 2014,

Numbers 19:

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke: 3  and you shall give her to Eleazar the [son of the high] priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face.

4 And Eleazar the [son of the high] priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before [towards] the tabernacle of the congregation seven times.

5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn . . . 9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.  

This is a little known or commented on sacrifice in the Old Testament times.  What connection can it have with Christians of today?

 

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