Saturday, February 22, 2014

Leviticus 14

Today's reading in our daily plan is Leviticus 14. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter picks up the themes of infectious skin diseases and mildew from the previous chapter, but now deals with cleansing from these problems.
  • The rituals for what to do after skin diseases were cured included the first week, where the person would stay outside the camp (where everyone lived), and the second week, where the now healed person would make an offering to God (through the priest) and re-enter the camp.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • In the time of Leviticus, people who developed infectious skin diseases hoped they might eventually be healed. If they were, they would show themselves to the priest and make an offering to God. Then, about 1,500 years later, Jesus showed up. And a new way to be healed was suddenly possible. In fact, in Matthew 8:1-4, a man with the disease of leprosy approaches Jesus, asking for healing, and Jesus touches him and heals him. Then Jesus says, "go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Jesus was referring there to Leviticus 14.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • In what area of your life do you need healing? It may be a physical ailment, but it may not. It may be an addiction -- to alcohol, or food, or drugs, or the approval of people. Or it may be a struggle you have with anger, or depression, or bitterness. It could be low self-esteem, or a fractured relationship. Where do you need some healing? And what are you looking to for it? Have you asked Jesus to heal you? What could you do to really open yourself up to Jesus bringing real change to your life?