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Saturday, February 16, 2013

February 16 - Leviticus 11-13: Cleanliness is Next to ... Sacrifice (in Leviticus)

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 11-13

The Message

English Standard Version

Today we are reading about leprosy and tests to check for leprosy. It can be very confusing. So if you find yourself getting bogged down, tell yourself there won't be a test and you are not under this law. Look for what it says about God instead of the detailed actions.

Thought to Guide Your Reading

Today we see how God protected his people from disease and other germs.

Summary in 100 Words or Less

God gave the Israelites guidelines on which animals to eat (clean vs. unclean). All unclean animals' carcasses were not to be touched. Anyone who touched them would be unclean themselves until the next day. Anything that touched the carcass was unclean and needed to be either washed or broken, depending on the item.
New mothers were unclean for a period of time which depended on whether they had a boy or girl.
God gave many instructions on leprosy and how to diagnose, treat, and distinguish it from other ailments. Those who had the disease had to live outside the camp.

How Today’s Reading Contributes to the Gospel: God is Setting All Things Right

God's list of unclean animals were unclean because they could give the Israelites diseases if not cooked properly.

God's list was not a hodgepodge of random animals. The animals on each list are animals that we consider clean and unclean today. We get around the issue by cooking unclean meat thoroughly. God wanted to protect his people from complications of contaminated meat by keeping them away completely.

God protected new mothers and new babies from diseases.

Babies do not have a well-functioning immune system until they are four to six weeks old. This law allowed mothers and babies to stay away from the community with their communicable diseases for the amount of time needed.

God protected the people from leprosy and made the tests rigorous enough that no one would be falsely removed from camp.

This is an important part to bring out. God did not require the person who had a white spot leave camp forever. He put a quarantine system in place where the person was able to heal. For the time, this was advanced medicine.

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