Today’s Reading: Leviticus 13:1-59 (additional reading Psalm 39:1-13 and Proverbs 10:10)
One of the primary duty that the priest was responsible for was to diagnose sickness. Their job was to examine the folks around them and be aware and sensitive enough to see disease for what it was. They were to determine how severe the sickness was. They were to prescribe a remedy for the illness. They were God’s means of bringing diagnosis and healing. Didn’t Jesus reiterate that for his followers and for us?
Matthew 10:7-8 – “As you go, proclaim this message: “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” 8 Heal those who are ill, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy,[a] drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.” When is the last time you noticed the person sitting around you and their pain? Their issue? The devastation? We get so caught up in our own plight and our suffering that we often fail to recognise those around us who need help.
Leprosy would start out small in it’s beginning. It would lie concealed in the blood where human eye could not see it. To begin there may be no visible signs or symptoms but it was there. Isn’t that also like sin, which lies dormant in our lives until it starts to bear its ugly fruit. Our calling is not just to bring physical healing but spiritual healing.
To be able to diagnose you have to get close to people. Too many of us don’t fulfil our duties as priests because that requires getting close to people. We have become professionals at building walls. We like to keep people at a distance. We hold them at arm’s length. We don’t let anyone get too close and keep everything on a surface level.
We need to realise that Leprosy was a death sentence, highly contagious and easily passed on. Leprosy affected not only the leper but anyone close to the leper as well. If a leper touched you, you also became unclean. The leper could not even drink from a stream if there was the slightest possibility someone else might drink from it. He couldn’t sit on a rock along the roadway if there were a chance someone else might sit there.
You see a Leper was the person that everyone had to avoid at all cost, yet the priests were still called to minister to them and bring healing. We as New Testament Priests are again called to minister to the untouchables, the worst, those who everyone else has given up on, God calls us to get close to them, and bring his healing. William Booth’s is famous for living by his motto ‘go for souls and go for the worst!’
- Do you take the time to get alongside the untouchable?
- How can God use you to bring healing to others?
Father, Thank You for bringing healing to our lives when we were untouchable and full of sin. Thank You for Jesus who is the Great High Priest and the Great Physician. Help us to bring Your heal to those we meet. In Jesus’ name, Amen