1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2 “If anyone has a swelling or a rash or discolored skin that might develop into a serious
skin disease, that person must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons. 3 The priest will examine the affected area of the skin. If the hair in the affected area has turned white and the problem appears to be more than skin-deep, it is a serious skin disease, and the priest who examines it must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean.
4 “But if the affected area of the skin is only a white discoloration and does not appear to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair on the spot has not turned white, the priest will quarantine the person for seven days. 5 On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If he finds the affected area has not changed and the problem has not spread on the skin, the priest will quarantine the person for seven more days. 6 On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If he finds the affected area has faded and has not spread, the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. It was only a rash. The person’s clothing must be washed, and the person will be ceremonially clean. 7 But if the rash continues to spread after the person has been examined by the priest and has been pronounced clean, the infected person must return to be examined
again. 8 If the priest finds that the rash has spread, he must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, for it is indeed a skin disease. Leviticus 13:1-8
If someone was found to have a skin disease or later on in the chapter have mildew on their clothes it was to be brought to the priest to determine if it was unclean or clean. If it was determined unclean then that person or piece of clothing was put into
quarantine to see if it got better, if it did, it was clean, if it didn’t it was deemed unclean.
Usually when I read the book of Leviticus, this is one of the chapters that I skip over. Really, who wants to read about skin disease and mildew? But today I decided to read it and something huge struck me. in each case whether it was a rash, or skin disease or
mildew, when the item or person was brought to the priest for inspection and determined unclean it wasn’t immediately destroyed. Instead it was taken out of it’s normal environment for a period of seven days and put into quarantine. If at the end of the seven days it was better or healed, it was said to be clean.
This got me thinking about how God deals with us. When we come to God we dirty, unclean people, looking for God to give us a sense of belonging and assurance that we are ok. It isn’t until God helps us identify what is wrong in our lives and pulls us out of those situations that the healing begins. Once the healing begins we are God deems us clean and we able to participate in community. We are no longer put into isolation, but we given another chance.
God, thank you for being a God of second chances. You could easily destroy us for all we have done, but you have chosen to love us and give us another chance. Help me to use the time you have given me to be a blessing to others and to you.