Thursday, January 26, 2006

We are the Lepers

Then the priest shall look, and if the leprous disease has covered all his body, he shall pronounce him clean of the disease; it has all turned white, and he is clean. Lev 13:13

This verse may seem strange to many of today’s readers, but if leprosy had only covered part of the body and not all of the flesh was white, that man would be pronounced unclean. This is because the flesh that was not yet white was contagious, but if his flesh was completely white, the disease was no longer transmittable.

Although this text teaches us something much deeper, for leprosy in scripture is often a representation of sin. We are the lepers. We are diseased with sin and completely full of guilt, but in our natural state how we strive to suppress that truth. We go to great lengths to deny our unworthiness before God, thinking that we can somehow justify ourselves. Even if we see ourselves as partially sinful, surely God owes us something. But in that condition we stand before the true high priest Jesus Christ and we are pronounced unclean. It is not until we stand before him in complete poverty of spirit, knowing we have nothing to offer Him, and that we are completely sinful saying, “you have every right to pour your wrath upon me, but I plead the merits of your sacrifice,” does Christ say to us, you are clean.

Though we have nothing to offer
We must go to the High Priest
To present our empty coffer
With self-righteousness deceased

With hearts as black as dross
Filled with the obscene
All paid for on the cross
He’ll there pronounce us clean

Doug Eaton

6 Comments:

At Thursday, January 26, 2006 6:38:00 AM, Blogger no_average_girl said...

amen! isn't it amazing how God brings the lessons down to our level, to where we can understand them? He's going to be one awesome "Being" to meet! :-)

 
At Thursday, January 26, 2006 7:22:00 AM, Blogger T A Blankenship said...

Unclean, unclean, I am unclean, and dwell in the midst of unclean people.
But faith in Jesus, makes me [us] clean in God's sight.

 
At Thursday, January 26, 2006 8:26:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

To see Him in all HIs glory shows us the depths of our own blackened hearts...only in recognizing our own corruption, blackness and total inablity can we more fully receive His Glory and purity. Oh to see more and more of Him....in the fullness of His glory

 
At Thursday, January 26, 2006 1:12:00 PM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

The thing that makes grace so glorious is the guilt that made it so necessary.

 
At Thursday, January 26, 2006 3:16:00 PM, Anonymous DCK said...

When one literally compares sin to leprosy, one can imagine how dirty and mutilating sin is. But through Christ we have eternal hope that our sins will be cleansed when we repent of our iniquity. PRAISE THE LORD!
Thanks for the challenging thoughts, Doug.

 
At Thursday, January 26, 2006 7:59:00 PM, Blogger David & Shawn said...

“And yet God has been exceedingly severe against those sins to us to be very small.” Jeremiah Burroughs, The Evil of Evils.

We really have no idea of the desperate situation in which we find ourselves. We are all too willing to excuse our actions and desires, not considering the God to whom we must give an account. But for Christ . . . but for Christ . . .

Thank you for reminding us of the severity and the mercy.

PS. Fantastic blog, Doug. I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to link to it over at mine.

--Shawn

 

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