Scripture: from verse 13
If [the priest] sees that the tzara‘at (leprosy) has covered his entire body, he is to pronounce the person with the sores clean — it has all turned white, and he is clean.
Observation: Leprosy (which appears to be an umbrella term for all malignant skin disease, not just what we know as leprosy today) was a curse from God, a sign of His wrath. Logically, someone who has had leprosy in the past, while no longer contagious, is still someone to be rejected as having earned God’s wrath. But this is the Father of Light we’re talking about, and human logic doesn’t measure up.
While the leprosy is expanding and contagious, the person is unclean and can’t be a part of the community. But if the disease goes into remission, and the sores turn into scars, then he’s allowed back in. He’s clean. He may still look terrible, but God has declared him clean again.
Holiness isn’t about outward appearances. My journey is not your journey. We are all sinners and we all need to be healed. So just because one set of sins is more visible or even more hurtful than another doesn’t mean God isn’t at work. It just means He has his own plan.
We’ve all earned God’s wrath. None of us are especially pretty inside. But He’s made us clean, and He’s declared us family.
Application: Don’t judge others by the sins that are showing. We’ve all got some. Don’t judge others by their past mistakes, either, because we’ve all got those too. The fact that some have larger consequences on Earth doesn’t mean they look any different in Heaven.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for making me clean. Help me to understand that the others around me are just as clean in you, despite their past mistakes or current habits. Help me encourage and love others instead of snarking at them. Amen.