God’s Story For Your Life
“If anyone has a swelling or a rash or
discolored skin that might develop into
a serious skin disease, that person
must be brought to Aaron the priest or to
one of his sons.” / (Leviticus
Priests were responsible for the health of
the camp, so it was their duty to
expel and readmit people with leprosy. If
someone’s leprosy appeared to go
away, only the priest could decide if that
person was truly cured. The
“serious skin disease” in Leviticus 13:2 referred
to several different
diseases, including leprosy, and was greatly feared in
Bible times. Unlike the
disease we call leprosy or Hansen’s disease today,
some of these diseases were
highly contagious. The worst of them slowly
ruined the body and were fatal in
most cases. Those who contracted one of
these diseases were separated from
their families and friends and quarantined
outside the camp.
Leprosy is a fitting metaphor for sin. Just like
leprosy, sin is contagious.
It separated Adam and Eve from God and from each
other. It spread from Eve to
Adam, then to their sons, and eventually to all
of humanity. Like leprosy, sin
destroys our bodies with death and brings
curses upon the creation we come
into contact with as well. Sin is
exceedingly ugly and deforming.
For all these reasons, Paul encouraged
churches to remove unrepentant people
from the community (1 Corinthians 5).
Sin will spread, dividing and eventually
destroying a church when it is
Is there sin in your life or your church
community that has not been
confessed? How is it deforming your life or the
lives of others around you?
Are you willing to take sin as seriously as God
does? What would that look
like for you?