READ: Leviticus 14:33-57
Diagnosis and Cleansing of Houses
It is amazing to think that in this passage we see that God is not only concerned with the completeness, cleanliness and holiness of his people but that it relates also to items and even houses within the nation. There are times when items are dedicated and ‘cleansed’ before God (Exodus 29, Leviticus 8). These items are separated from what makes them unclean and sanctified, or dedicated, to God. I guess that is the same of what goes on in this passage also.
Of course there are health reasons for how this disease is treated when found in houses, as we’ve mentioned so much already and will continue to see. People that enter the house have to follow set rules of waiting or washing to make sure that they too are clean – again, health reasons. There is also a spiritual picture of what is happening. A picture of everything in life, including one’s house, being separated and dedicated to God as holy.
The real issue to think through in this passage though, comes from verse 34, a passage in which God says that He has placed the leperous disease within the house. I don’t want to say too much because that simple verse and statement is sermon material. You have to at least acknowledge God’s sovereignty in every area of life, even in the areas that seem distressing for us – God knows and God is in control.