The Law of Moses had many restrictions that aided in the health of the society as a whole. The food restrictions were in place to protect people from disease bearing animals, E-coli, salmonella, and botulism.
Then there were diseases that could spread from person to person and infect the entire Hebrew civilization.
One of the most common could spread by touch or contamination of water, clothing, and bedding – leprosy.
The Law addressed this disease in some detail in Leviticus 13.
This is an excerpt – And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: “When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a leprous sore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests. 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. Lev 13:1-3
The priests became the examiners in this case to determine if someone was a health risk to everyone else.
If it was indeed determined that the infected person was contagious he was pronounced as “unclean”.
The unclean person had only one choice according to the Law – “Those who suffer from a serious skin disease must tear their clothing and leave their hair uncombed. They must cover their mouth and call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as the serious disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean. They must live in isolation in their place outside the camp. Lev 13:45-46
It is a fate you see over and over in the Bible – those with communicable diseases are banished to the outside of society.
The word “unclean” carries itself into the New Testament, where plagues and disease still exist. The context becomes more of a spiritual matter. You see, a leper may eventually be cured and return to back to society.
However there is another uncleanness that will banish you eternally.
In talking with the Ephesian church Paul said, “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” Eph 5:3-7
There is the uncleanness of the soul – sin!
Sin separates (banishes) you from God. You are on the outside looking in just as that leper of long ago was outside the camp.
Sin has taken its toll in that it is contagious and has spread to every person on the planet. All of society is infected and every one that is infected will die.
Sin is fatal. It is written the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23) and the soul who sins shall die. Ezek 18:4
Do not lose hope! There is a permanent cure for sin.
…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 6:23
Jesus has come to take away your uncleanness; to take away the sin that rots your very being.
If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Jesus can cleanse you and set you free from the hold of sin in your life. The Law cannot do this. The Law judges and condemns you but Jesus will set you free with GRACE.
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Eph 2:8
Receive Jesus into your life today. Ask Him to forgive you of your sin and invite Him into your heart and life. Come back to God.