We have a great honor today! This chapter has some incredible treasures tucked away in this celebration of cleansing. Did you notice that the priest went outside of the camp to meet the leper? Jesus meets us where we are...in fact, He left the glories of heaven to come to our sin-soaked world. In the cleansing celebration there is some beautiful symbolism outlined by J. Vernon McGee:
- Two birds: one represents the death of Christ; the other Resurrection Life!
- A clay vessel: the incarnation of Christ
- Running water: living water; the Word of God and the Spirit of God
- Hyssop: faith of the individual
- Cedar Wood: the incorruptibility of Christ
The house passage spoke deeply to my heart; I believe that our 'house' -- our 'heritage' is a precious trust. First I was struck by the fact that God Himself takes responsibility for 'putting the plague within a house.' I do not believe God gives us 'sin' but I believe He orchestrates when it appears to us--that He might cleanse and bless us (and our heritage!). It brings to my mind the verse that instructs us to bless those who curse us for we have been called to the situation to bless. We each have inherited--and may well pass on--sins which contaminate others; having those sins exposed to our great High Priest brings eternal blessing. Perhaps God entrusts us with the appearance of household sin that we might bring it to Him and break a generational legacy! May we each rejoice in Jesus and bring Him the sacrifice of praise today!