Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 5, 2023

“be cleansed.”

Today’s devotion comes from Leviticus 14:1-32.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing.  Now he shall be brought to the priest, and the priest shall go out to the outside of the camp.  Thus the priest shall look, and if the infection of leprosy has been healed in the leper, then the priest shall give orders to take two live clean birds and cedar wood and a scarlet string and hyssop for the one who is to be cleansed.  The priest shall also give orders to slay the one bird in an earthenware vessel over running water.  As for the live bird, he shall take it together with the cedar wood and the scarlet string and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the live bird in the blood of the bird that was slain over the running water.  He shall then sprinkle seven times the one who is to be cleansed from the leprosy and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the live bird go free over the open field.  The one to be cleansed shall then wash his clothes and shave off all his hair and bathe in water and be clean.  Now afterward, he may enter the camp, but he shall stay outside his tent for seven days.  It will be on the seventh day that he shall shave off all his hair:  he shall shave his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair.  He shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water and be clean.

“Now on the eighth day he is to take two male lambs without defect, and a yearling ewe lamb without defect, and three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a grain offering, and one log of oil;  and the priest who pronounces him clean shall present the man to be cleansed and the aforesaid before the LORD at the doorway of the tent of meeting.  Then the priest shall take the one male lamb and bring it for a guilt offering, with the log of oil, and present them as a wave offering before the LORD.  Next he shall slaughter the male lamb in the place where they slaughter the sin offering and the burnt offering, at the place of the sanctuary—for the guilt offering, like the sin offering, belongs to the priest;  it is most holy.  The priest shall then take some of the blood of the guilt offering, and the priest shall put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.  The priest shall also take some of the log of oil, and pour it into his left palm;  the priest shall then dip his right-hand finger into the oil that is in his left palm, and with his finger sprinkle some of the oil seven times before the LORD.  Of the remaining oil which is in his palm, the priest shall put some on the right ear lobe of the one to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the guilt offering;  while the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s palm, he shall put on the head of the one to be cleansed.  So the priest shall make atonement on his behalf before the LORD.  The priest shall next offer the sin offering and make atonement for the one to be cleansed from his uncleanness.  Then afterward, he shall slaughter the burnt offering.  The priest shall offer up the burnt offering and the grain offering on the altar.  Thus the priest shall make atonement for him, and he will be clean.”  Leviticus 14:1-20.  


“When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him.  And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”  Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing;  be cleansed.”   And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  And Jesus *said to him, “See that you tell no one;  but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”  Matthew 8:1-4.

In sharp contrast to all the details of the Law to make the leper clean, Jesus simply said:  “be cleansed.”  “And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

The “testimony”, also known as witness, is that Jesus has come and only Jesus can cleanse us.     

“For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.”  Hebrews 10:1.

“But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;  and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”  Hebrews 9:11-12.

“…  Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing;  but that she would be holy and blameless.”   Ephesians 5:25-26. 

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.” Hebrews 10:14.


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