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Leviticus 13:1-59

The Hebrew word translated in the NLT text, “appears,” appears ten times in the thirteenth chapter,

BDB Definition:
1) sight, appearance, vision
1a) sight, phenomenon, spectacle, appearance, vision
1b) what is seen
1c) a vision (supernatural)
1d) sight, vision (power of seeing)

Each of the ten times this word appears it has to do with discerning the truth about a “skin” disease or “sin.” Something can “appear” to be something but upon close examination, and not just over a short period of time, and with stated guidelines, the dis-ease is identified. Appearance and actuality are two separate things.

In this passage, the focus is something that “breaks out” on the skin, on the surface, looking like a “skin” disease and to insure that no one is tagged wrongly, close observation is needful. But there is another type of appearance, that of one that seems healthy and holy, but in actuality the disease, though not on the surface, has permeated the inside where the eyes of the priests cannot see.

Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously. (John 7:24 AMP)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matthew 23:27-28 KJV)

Grace and peace,

OT - Isolation is prescribed when someone is sick to keep others from being infected. Quarantine is the practice of separating people who have been exposed or have an initial symptom to see if they get full blown sick.

Isolation was practiced in ancient times including here in Leviticus. Quarantining (after research) other than in Leviticus became an accepted practice in the 1300’s (some 2,500+ years after being noted in Leviticus). Medicine could have benefitted by paying more attention to the Bible!

So quarantining and treatment of mold/mildew seemed to be God’s way of keeping His people from being wiped out (from plague, pandemic or bad living conditions) in the early stages of their growth as His people. God’s instructions are always for our benefit so we can flourish. Here the instructions are from God to His people so they could remain healthy going into the promised land.

NT - reminded of saying “familiarity breeds contempt”. Just because Nazarenes were around Jesus doesn’t mean they “got” Jesus. Today you can be around Church and believing Christians but that does not make you a believer.

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