30: Leviticus 14:11


COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 30

The Messiah will have the power to cleanse leprosy, even as He shall have power to cleanse sin.

Old Testament Prediction:

Leviticus 14:11 “Then the priest who makes him clean shall present the man who is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 5:12-14 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.”

Application:

In Leviticus 14:11, the Lord describes the procedure for a person who has been cleansed or cured of Leprosy. This is interesting as there was no known cure for this terrible disease at the time that this verse of scripture was written. It was not until 1988 that an effective multi-drug treatment for Leprosy, developed by Jacinto Convit, finally brought a cure to this dreaded disease.[1] During the time that the Old Testament was written, leprosy was considered incurable and assigned those who contracted the disease to a lifetime of misery and isolation from family and friends. The procedure that God prescribed for those who had been healed of this disease is a reminder to us that we should never consider anything impossible when it comes to what God is able to do for us. Although we might consider the misery of our life incurable, it is never too late to turn to the Lord. He can heal us and give us a brand new start.

The Bible uses the disease of Leprosy to illustrate the effect that sin has on our life.

The following are true of both leprosy and sin:

• They begin small and increase over time.
• They dull the senses.
• They will separate us from our loved ones.
• They have no cure (at the time the Old Testament was written).
• They can spread from person to person by close contact.
• They make us unclean.
• They can effect our vision and eventually make us blind.
• If left uncured, they will eventually kill us.

Why would the Lord pronounce a procedure for someone healed of leprosy when this disease was considered incurable?

Leviticus 14:11 Then the priest who makes him clean shall present the man who is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Our God works in the realm of the impossible.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The purpose of this 30th Old Testament Prophecy of the Messiah is to reveal the possibility of a new life and the forgiveness of sin to anyone who comes to God through Jesus Christ.

Over the course of three decades as a Christian Bible teacher, I have met many men and women who have told me that they believed it was “too late” for them to be saved. They felt that because of the terrible things which they had done in their life, God could never forgive them. In essence, they were saying that they have an incurable disease, similar to leprosy in the Old Testament.

As Jesus arrives on the scene in the New Testament narrative, He has the power to cure those who have the dreaded disease of Leprosy. Although this condition was considered hopeless, with no chance of healing unless God should intervene, Jesus comes as the Messiah to provide a solution for the hopeless conditions of both leprosy and sin.

Perhaps you are reading this book with the forethought that your past sin is a hindrance to your ability to have a relationship with God. Please remember that the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross was for all sins, for all time. The value of Jesus’ life as the Son of God is of infinite value. When Jesus died, His life had the power to cleanse every person who will ever live on the earth from all of their sins. There is nothing that you have done that Jesus cannot cleanse you completely and give you a brand new life.

1 John 2:2 And Jesus Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

The payment for all sins has been made, but the forgiveness for your own sin does not happen until you personally take Jesus as your Savior. God has provided salvation for all people, for all time. The actual application of Jesus’ sacrifice does not take place until each individual person believes that He has died for them, and they receive His sacrifice as the payment for their sins. God intends that Salvation be personal.

It would be logical that since Jesus has paid for the sins of all people—that all people would automatically have eternal life. The problem with a universal application of forgiveness for everyone being automatic is that not everyone may want to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. Granting forgiveness of sins to someone who firmly does not want it is tantamount to spiritual rape.

I met a young man a few months ago who asked me all the right questions about what Jesus has done and how he could be saved. At the end of the discussion he told me that he did not believe these things and did not want to be saved.

It is for this reason that God will not force anyone to have their sins forgiven and receive eternal life. He allows each individual person to make their own choice. God will respect the decision that you make, even though He knows that—to reject the only method He has provided for the removal of your sins is to leave you with no other way to be saved. The love of God is so great for you that He will use no force to cause your salvation to happen. He has demonstrated His love for you by giving His only Son to pay for your sins. It is up to you to come to God and ask Him by your own will, if He will save you.

If you want to know how much God loves you, imagine how hard it would be to give the life of your own son for someone else’s sin. God must have loved you as much as He loves His own dear Son, or He would never have allowed Jesus to die for you. On the opposite side of this love is God’s hatred of sin. If you want to know how much God hates sin, we again look at the cross that Jesus suffered upon and died. God hated sin so much and the effects that it has on human life, that He felt compelled to do something about it. The Biblical definition of true love is the giving of a life for another.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

God loves you so much that He felt compelled to demonstrate it to you, by giving up His Son to die for your sins. God’s justice required a great and eternal sacrifice to pay for the sins of all people. Only Jesus’ life had the eternal worth necessary to pay for the great debt owed by all people for their sins.

The good news is that Jesus’ death and His resurrection fully paid for all of your sins. You do not have to live in regret and guilt for your past mistakes. Everything you have done in your life that is wrong has all been fully paid for, when Jesus suffered and died for you on the cross.

1 John 2:2 And Jesus Himself is the payment for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.[2] (RCR)

As the hopelessness of leprosy brought despair and anguish to those who were afflicted with this terrible plague, Jesus touched their disease-ravaged bodies and made them whole. He has the same power today to remove the incurable condition of your sin because He is the promised Messiah of God.

When things seem hopeless in our life with no possible solution, that is when the Lord does His greatest work.

Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”

• Moses had a problem with his speaking ability; the Lord used him to free an entire nation.
• Abraham and Sarah are too old to have a son; God gives them Isaac when they are nearly 100 years old.
• David is the youngest of the family, a simple shepherd, the most unlikely to be the leader of anything; God makes him the king of Israel.
• Joseph is betrayed by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, wrongfully convicted and placed in prison; yet, he becomes second in power and authority in Egypt, the most powerful kingdom on earth.
• Jesus is born into a family so poor; they cannot afford a place to stay during Mary’s delivery, yet He becomes King of kings and Lord of lords.

Man was born into the slavery of sin and condemned to eternal separation from God; yet Jesus’ life, death and resurrection make it possible for anyone who believes in Him to have eternal life. The Old Testament illustration of leprosy was speaking of our sin that is incurable and hopeless. Until… Jesus came and died for us and cured us.

It was the intention of the Holy Spirit to show us the procedure of the Old Testament Book of Leviticus Chapter 14 for the healing of someone plagued with leprosy, so that when the Messiah arrived on the earth, we could understand that He would have the power to heal both the dreaded disease of leprosy and all of our sins.

The fulfillment of this 30th Old Testament prophecy is found in the gospel of Luke, where Jesus heals the man afflicted with leprosy:

This man who had no hope of ever being cured of his sickness expressed a humble request to Jesus: Lord if you are willing, You can make me clean. Jesus was willing then, and He is still willing today.

Luke 5:12-14 And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. And He charged him to tell no one, “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as a testimony to them, just as Moses commanded.”

It is clear from the text of Luke, that Jesus understood that He was fulfilling the purpose of Leviticus 14, in performing a healing that was considered impossible. One of the signs for Jesus being the Messiah is that He possessed the power to heal any sickness or disease.

The parallel between leprosy and sin in the Bible is obvious. Both are considered impossible to cure, unless the Lord shall cure them. Both leave a person without hope and cause them to fall on the mercy of God for healing. Both separate a person from those that they love and cause them to be viewed as unclean.

Leviticus 13:3 The priest shall examine the sore on the skin of the body; and if the hair on the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is a leprous sore. Then the priest shall examine him, and pronounce him unclean.

The incurable disease of sin always leads to eternal death, which is the separation of the sinner from a Holy God. The only cure for the terminal disease of sin is the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus, as our High Priest, can simply speak to the leprosy or touch the person who has leprosy and they are healed.

In the same way, any person who wants to be cured from the curse of sin can find healing the instant they call on the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins and receive Him as Lord and Savior.

In this 30th prophecy of the coming Messiah, Jesus perfectly fulfills the purpose of the priest examination of the disease of leprosy that represents sin, and instead of just acknowledging that the leprosy has been healed, Jesus actually heals the leprosy Himself.

In similar fashion, the disease of sin that is considered a hopeless and eternal curse on man is healed in an instant by Jesus at the moment we come to Him in humility and ask Him to heal us.


NOTES:
[1] Jacinto Convit develops a multi drug treatment for the treatment of Leprosy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leprosy
[2] Translation by Rob Robinson, 2012

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