The cleansing of lepers
Hyssop and two clean birds, pigeons or turtle doves [as the sacrificial birds for the poor] are to be brought to the priest by the healed leper.
Hyssop a plant associated with soap and therefore was considered a cleansing agent. Scarlet is the colour of blood, representative of the application of the blood of the Lamb of God, cleansing from sin.
Leviticus 14:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 14:2 This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest: 14:3 And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper; 14:4 Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:
One bird is to be killed so that its blood falls down into running water; picturing the sacrificial blood of Christ and the living water of the Holy Spirit and the whole Word of God.
The healed leper and the living bird were to be sprinkled with the blood and water mixture; after which the person would go forth cleansed: This symbolized the cleansing of the repentant by the blood of Jesus Christ and going on to live by every Word of God through the power of the holy Spirit.
The living bird flying away is a picture of the uncleanness leaving the man or house and is akin to the removal of the Satan-goat on Atonement Day.
14:5 And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: 14:6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: 14:7 And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.
The cleansed leper must then wash himself and his clothes and shave off his hair and remain outside his house for seven days
14:8 And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, and shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean: and after that he shall come into the camp, and shall tarry abroad out of his tent seven days.
On the seventh day the afflicted person must again shave off his hair and wash himself and then he shall be clean when that day ends and a new day begins at sun set (Lev 17:5).
14:9 But it shall be on the seventh day, that he shall shave all his hair off his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair he shall shave off: and he shall wash his clothes, also he shall wash his flesh in water, and he shall be clean [when the sun sets].
The eighth day represents a new beginning; and now being made clean a Trespass Offering was to be made.
14:10 And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, and three tenth deals of fine flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and one log of oil.
14:11 And the priest that maketh him clean shall present the man that is to be made clean, and those things, before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: 14:12 And the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a trespass offering, and the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: 14:13 And he shall slay the lamb in the place where he shall kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the holy place: for as the sin offering is the priest’s, so is the trespass offering: it is most holy:
- The blood placed on the tip of the right ear is a reference to opening the ear and mind of people to the Word of God through the atoning sacrifice of Christ.
- The right thumb of the right hand refers to the cleansing of our deeds and works of trespass and sin.
- The great toe of the right foot refers to our walk [life] through this world being cleansed from past sin and going forward to sin no more; living [walking] as Christ lived [walked] (1 John 2:6).
14:14 And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:
The sprinkling of the [olive] oil representing the Holy Spirit, seven times, pictures complete cleansing from uncleanness and sin and a full reconciliation and unity with God through the Holy Spirit.
14:15 And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand: 14:16 And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD:
The oil represents the Holy Spirit which is given to the person cleansed by the Sin and Trespass offerings [representing Jesus Christ the ultimate Sin and Trespass Offering].
Oil applied to the right ear is a reference to the Holy Spirit opening the ear and mind [the understanding] of man to the Word of God through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for sincerely repented past sin and trespass.
The oil applied to the right thumb of the right hand refers to the cleansing of our deeds and works of trespass and sin.
The oil applied to the great toe of the right foot refers to our walk through this world being cleansed from past sin and trespass, and going forward to live by every Word of God and sin no more.
14:17 And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering:
The remainder of the oil was to be poured out on the head of the supplicant; representing the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the sincerely repentant and his/her cleansing from all uncleanness and sin.
14:18 And the remnant of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall pour upon the head of him that is to be cleansed: and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD.
After the Trespass Offering, a Sin and a Burnt Offering along with their Meat [unleavened bread] Offerings was then to be made.
14:19 And the priest shall offer the sin offering, and make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed from his uncleanness; and afterward he shall kill the burnt offering: 14:20 And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the [the accompanying unleavened bread] meat offering upon the altar: and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and he shall be clean.
The poor person’s offering
14:21 And if he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved, to make an atonement for him, and one tenth deal of fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering, and a log of oil; 14:22 And two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, such as he is able to get; and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering.
The poor man shall also bring his offerings on the Eighth Day [which represents new beginnings]: Alluding to the Feast of The Eighth Day.
14:23 And he shall bring them on the eighth day for his cleansing unto the priest, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the LORD.
The offering of the poor is made in place of the offering by the more solvent leper, and the Holy Spirit is poured out upon the poor as well as on the better off.
14:24 And the priest shall take the lamb of the trespass offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: 14:25 And he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, and the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:
14:26 And the priest shall pour of the oil into the palm of his own left hand: 14:27 And the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the LORD: 14:28 And the priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place of the blood of the trespass offering: 14:29 And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed, to make an atonement for him before the LORD.
14:30 And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such as he can get; 14:31 Even such as he is able to get, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, with the meat offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for him that is to be cleansed before the LORD.
This law for the poor shows the mercy of God for the destitute who do not have the commanded offerings to bring.
14:32 This is the law of him in whom is the plague of leprosy, whose hand is not able to get that which pertaineth to his cleansing.
Why does God require all this offering because a person has had a skin disease? Because it represents the spotting of uncleanness and sin in the spiritual sense. Such blemishes and imperfection and impurity in the flesh represents spiritual imperfections and sin.
This is an object lesson that we are to be filled with the Word of God by the Holy Spirit, and to remain unspotted by sin.
The uncleanness of leprosy was an example and object lesson that when we lose sight of our zeal for the whole Word of God, we become spotted with the spiritual blemishes of sin or association with sin.
When we are not being diligent to learn and live by the whole Word of God: We become imperfect and filled with the blemishes of sin and trespass; and we are NOT fit to be a part of the Chosen Bride of Christ, and the Holy Spirit will no longer dwell in us.
We are to work to remove all spots and blemishes of sin and trespass and to make ourselves a fit place for God’s Spirit to dwell; ready to have a place in the collective Bride of Christ.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises [from God as a reward for repentance and learning and keeping his Word], dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness [becoming LIKE God through internalizing the very nature of God, by learning and living by every Word of God] in the fear of God.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 4:9 Be afflicted [fast], and mourn, and weep [in heartfelt repentance]: let your [proud haughty joy and zeal in your own ways be brought to contrition] laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness [regret and sincere repentance over sin]. 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord [repent of your own worldly ways and turn to learn and keep the whole Word of God], and he shall lift you up.
Mildew, rot and fungus in a building as a kind of leprosy
This is another indication that the leprosy is the disfigurement and not a case of modern leprosy.
Leviticus 14:33 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 14:34 When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; 14:35 And he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seemeth to me there is as it were a plague in the house:
The building is to be evacuated and then inspected
14:36 Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house:
14:37 And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes [thin streaks], greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower [penetrate deep into the wall] than the wall;
The infected building must be closed up for seven days to see if the leprosy disappears or spreads.
14:38 Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days: 14:39 And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house;
If the building remains infected, the infected areas must be removed and the building cleaned thoroughly.
14:40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city: 14:41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: 14:42 And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house.
If the plague returns the building must be destroyed
14:43 And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; 14:44 Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house; it is unclean.
14:45 And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place.
All persons who have entered the polluted house are unclean.
14:46 Moreover he that goeth into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even. 14:47 And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes.
If the plague is healed the house will be pronounced clean.
14:48 And if the priest shall come in, and look upon it, and, behold, the plague hath not spread in the house, after the house was plaistered: then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed.
The house is to be cleansed in similar fashion to the cleansing of a leper.
14:49 And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: 14:50 And he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water: 14:51 And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: 14:52 And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet: 14:53 But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house: and it shall be clean.
The bird sacrificed and its blood mixed with water is an allegory of spiritually being made clean from repented association with sin and being spotted by worldliness; through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and the cleansing of water of [keeping] the Word of God by the Holy Spirit, through diligent study to learn and to live by every Word of God.
The “water” of the Word cleanses through the understanding given by the Holy Spirit (John 7:38-39); which comes through sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ.
As we learn and keep the Word of God, the Holy Spirit causes the very nature of God to grow within us.
Our sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ cleanses us from all sincerely repented past sin; and the diligent learning and keeping of the whole Word of God, to go and sin no more, enables us to remain clean from future sin.
Ephesians 5:25 . . . . even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
The bird flying away is a picture of the uncleanness leaving the man or house; akin to the removal of the Satan-goat on Atonement Day.
Leviticus 14:54 This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall, 14:55 And for the leprosy of a garment, and of a house, 14:56 And for a rising, and for a scab, and for a bright spot: 14:57 To teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean: this is the law of leprosy.
Various types of uncleanness
A drainage from the skin.
Physical imperfection and impurity is an instructional example of SPIRITUAL imperfection and impurity.
Any person with a draining from his body [including seed of copulation and menstruation (Lev 15:16-24)] is physically imperfect and unclean. Such drainage indicates a weakening of the body, representative of a weakening of the spiritual body that sin brings.
A person who is spiritually impure and imperfect cannot come into the presence of God the Father; except through the cleansing of the spiritual uncleanness of trespass or sin through the process of sincere repentance and the application of the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.
Leviticus 15:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying, 15:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean.
Whether the drainage is continual or intermittent, the person is unclean
15:3 And this shall be his uncleanness in his issue: whether his flesh run with his issue, or his flesh be stopped from his issue, it is his uncleanness. 15:4 Every bed, whereon he lieth that hath the issue, is unclean: and every thing, whereon he sitteth, shall be unclean.
Any person coming in contact with the uncleanness must wash and remain unclean until the evening [sunset]: Thus pictures the uncleanness remaining until the end of the day, and a New Beginning of purity after the sun has set to begin the new day.
15:5 And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
It is not just the affected person who is unclean, but all who are in close contact with him or her. This is a picture of the command of Paul:
1 Timothy 5:22 . . . . . neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.
This point of uncleanness by association, particularly refers to sinning vicariously through associating with the sins of others.
Classic examples would include buying food and drink in restaurants and bars on the Sabbath or Holy Days; with the outrageous excuse that these folks are going to sin anyway, so we may participate in their sins; of course that excuse opens the way to participate in every sin that men do.
Another example is our tolerance for open apostates and false teachings among us. If we permit doctrine that has been proven false to be taught among us, we have made ourselves and our groups spiritually unclean, we have allowed the temple of God which is the body of the faithful to be polluted by doctrinal uncleanness and we will be rejected by God if we do not quickly repent.
Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick [from the sound doctrine of the whole Word of God] after the first and second admonition reject; 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
Leviticus 15:6 And he that sitteth on any thing whereon he sat that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 15:7 And he that toucheth the flesh of him that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 15:8 And if he that hath the issue spit [spatter the water] upon him that is clean; then he [the clean person who had been in contact with the unclean fluid] shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
15:9 And what saddle soever he rideth upon that hath the issue shall be unclean.
15:10 And whosoever toucheth any thing that was under him [the unclean person] shall be unclean until the even: and he that beareth any of those things shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
15:11 And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 15:12 And the vessel of earth, that he toucheth which hath the issue, shall be broken: and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.
Do we see how that Jesus Christ who taught this avoiding of any physical uncleanness, was providing a physical example to teach us that we are to avoid any spiritual uncleanness; because no one who is spiritually unclean or has any sort of spiritual blemish of uncleanness, trespass or sin, may enter the presence of God the Father in heaven (1 Thess 4)?
We are to avoid the unclean thing both physically and spiritually.
Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Spiritually we are to wash away all spiritual uncleanness and pollution by sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God empowered by the Holy Spirit to a passionate zeal to learn and live by every Word of God. Then the Holy Spirit by the washing of the water of the Word of God, which if we keep it teaches up to become holy and pure from all uncleanness and every blemish of sin.
Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
The collective bride is to remove all blemishes of uncleanness and sin to make herself pure, holy and ready for her marriage to the Holy Husband Jesus Christ, and to enter the Holy Family of God the Father.
We are to work diligently to learn sound doctrine and to excise all error!
We are not to associate with any unclean thing and that means far more than avoiding vicarious sin: It also means that we are to turn away from proven false doctrine [teachings], which are spiritual pollution and are an uncleanness of sin which separates us from God!
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
6:17 Wherefore come out from among them [those polluted by the uncleanness of commandment breaking], and be ye separate [from the uncleanness of exposure to sin], saith the Lord, and touch not [the false teachings of spiritually unclean men] the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Leviticus 15:13 And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean.
15:14 And on the eighth day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them unto the priest: 15:15 And the priest shall offer them, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD for his issue.
The copulatory seed of men is considered unclean because it is an issue from the man and after the act he and his wife are to wash and be unclean until the sun sets.
15:16 And if any man’s seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even. 15:17 And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even. 15:18 The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even.
The drainage of the menses makes a woman unclean for a full seven days after onset. At the end of the seventh full day she is to wash and be unclean until the evening.
Even if flow stops intercourse is not to take place until after the seventh day ends. This is one of the sins in today’s Ekklesia, that men are not willing to wait the whole seven days for their women.
Ezekiel 18:5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right, 18:6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains [eaten things that belong to idols; that is, learning the false doctrines of worldliness], neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,
Leviticus 15:19 And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even. 15:20 And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. 15:21 And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
15:22 And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 15:23 And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even.
15:24 And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean.
An extended issue of blood
15:25 And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean.
15:26 Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation. 15:27 And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
In the case of an extended issue of blood, she shall count seven days after the issue was healed and shall wash that day, and on the Eighth Day she shall bring an offering. The Eighth Day is a new beginning.
15:28 But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.
15:29 And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles [turtle doves], or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 15:30 And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the LORD for the issue of her uncleanness.
This is all about entering the holy place, the tabernacle or temple, which is symbolic of entering the presence of God.
To enter into the presence of holiness, those of the Mosaic Covenant were required to be pure and free from all physical impurity and uncleanness and sin; which is an example that those in the New Covenant must be spiritually pure and free from all uncleanness, impurity and sin in order to be reconciled to and enter the presence of God the Father in heaven.
That process, is to be called out to God the Father through Jesus Christ, then adding to that belief the works of sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to go and sin no more, and then we will receive the application of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Only then, when all uncleanness and sin has been removed, are we reconciled to God the Father and he will dwell in us through his Holy Spirit.
My friends, today the Spiritual Ekklesia is filled with all manner of spiritual uncleanness and sin; idolizing men and exalting idols of men and organizations above their zeal to live by every Word of God.
To make ourselves ready to have a part in the resurrected collective bride, every blemish of uncleanness and sin must be removed.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God [with any sin or spiritual uncleanness], him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
We must repent quickly of all of our spiritual uncleanness and sin, lest we fall into the strong correction of God the Father in heaven.
Leviticus 15:31 Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.
15:32 This is the law of him that hath an issue, and of him whose seed goeth from him, and is defiled therewith; 15:33 And of her that is sick of her flowers, and of him that hath an issue, of the man, and of the woman, and of him that lieth with her that is unclean.