Leviticus 13 is God’s legislation to Israel covering the procedures to be followed in the case of leprosy. The Levites acted as public officials in this case, a sort of sanitation department and center for disease control. Leprosy was an awful spreading disease which the public rightly needed to be protected from. But let’s think about it from the perspective of the leper.
“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, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean” (Leviticus 13:45).
Imagine if you had a horrible disease and you were forced to shout it in public every time you came across people so they could avoid you. That was the case of a leper. Imagine what it would be like to see people running in terror every time they saw you.
“All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be” (Leviticus 13:46).
On top of the embarrassment connected with such a horrible disease, imagine the loneliness of such a life. You would be dwelling alone away from family, friends, and civilization.
Can you imagine living like this? Imagine spending many years like this with no hope in sight!
3. The Willing and Able Savior
“When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed” (Matthew 8:1-3).
Think about the relief this man felt! Think about how joyous an occasion this was! “Immediate” cleansing for a lingering, incurable, and embarrassing disease! All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Every time our Lord performed a miracle He was demonstrating what His kingdom is like. Leprosy is a type of sin. It’s a horrible disease which in ancient times had no cure. Man can’t cure himself of sin, but Jesus Christ can. In healing the leper our Lord was proving that there is no sin he can’t forgive, no wrong which He can’t make right, no problem which He can’t solve, and that there’s nothing wrong with this world that He can’t fix.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15:20-28, tells us that Christ’s mediatoral Kingdom will cure the greatest disease of all – death. He is willing and able to do just that, and He is doing just that! God will become all things to all people!
Christ replaces embarrassment with confidence and loneliness with joyous fellowship. I am glad to be your fellow-confident brother in this rich fellowship.