Lev 13 is all about leprosy: the disease is very contagious,
requires separation or quarantine, is never cured by natural means, originates
from within, is not manifest until puberty, grows gradually, and makes one
insensible to pain. It is a fitting "parable" of the "sin" that dwells in each
one of us.
"The principle of contamination recognised in this law was not
understood by societies for many hundreds of years after Israel were taught
about it: 'Among the physicians of classical antiquity we find no consistent
view of transmission of infection by contact. Indeed the whole idea of infection
was effectively absent from them, so that preventive measures based upon them
could not be developed. It was reserved for the Middle Ages to conceive serious
official measures against spread of epidemics. These measures ere constantly
derived from the leper ritual of the Bible with its fundamental concept of
isolation' (C. Singer and E.A. Underwood, 'A Short History of Medicine', 1962)"
(SP, Tes 71:205).
WHEN ANYONE HAS... AN INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE (LEPROSY)...
HE MUST BE BROUGHT TO AARON THE PRIEST...: Mat 5:36.
AND DO NOT SWEAR BY YOUR HEAD, FOR YOU CANNOT MAKE EVEN ONE
HAIR WHITE OR BLACK: "Throughout the Bible leprosy is used as a parallel
with sin because it is a disease that eats away at the flesh of a person until
he is consumed by it. The Hebrew word that we read translated as 'an infectious
skin disease' has traditionally been translated 'Leprosy' and is the Hebrew word
used to describe various diseases of the skin.
"When someone discovered that he had a skin disease, whether
it was leprosy or some other skin disease, he was to go to see a priest. The job
of the priest was to examine the sore, rash or spot to decide whether it was
infectious or not. God had instructed the priests and they knew what to look
"Today we do not have priests to go to, while leprosy and
other skin diseases are largely treatable. But we are still afflicted with the
leprosy-like condition of sin, and we do have a great High Priest in heaven,
Jesus Christ. So let us regularly appear before the Lord Jesus Christ and let
him examine our lives. Let us allow him to show us our sin and do for us what
the priests could not do -- to forgive and cleanse us from our sin. Then may we
go and sin no more" (RP).
IF THE HAIR IN THE SORE HAS TURNED WHITE... IT IS AN
INFECTIOUS SKIN DISEASE: So the hair turning white was a sign of leprosy.
Perhaps Jesus is alluding to this in Mat 5:36: "And do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make even one hair white or black." It is as impossible to heal
oneself from leprosy as it is to change one's own nature.
Cp Gal 3:23: "held prisoners by the law, locked
The judgment: we are examined by High Priest on 7th day. Then
follows a change of clothes, or immortality.
Signs of mourning.
CONTAMINATED WITH MILDEW: AV has "the plague of