Leviticus 14* Of declaring the leper to be clean. (1-9) The sacrifices to beoffered by him. (10-32) The leprosy in a house. (33-53) Summaryof the law concerning leprosy. (54-57)1-9 The priests could not cleanse the lepers; but when the Lordremoved the plague, various rules were to be observed inadmitting them again to the ordinances of God, and the societyof his people. They represent many duties and exercises of trulyrepenting sinners, and the duties of ministers respecting them.If we apply this to the spiritual leprosy of sin, it intimatesthat when we withdraw from those who walk disorderly, we mustnot count them as enemies, but admonish them as brethren. Andalso that when God by his grace has brought to repentance, theyought with tenderness and joy, and sincere affection, to bereceived again. Care should always be taken that sinners may notbe encouraged, nor penitents discouraged. If it were found thatthe leprosy was healed, the priest must declare it with theparticular solemnities here described. The two birds, onekilled, and the other dipped in the blood of the bird that waskilled, and then let loose, may signify Christ shedding hisblood for sinners, and rising and ascending into heaven. Thepriest having pronounced the leper clean from the disease, hemust make himself clean from all remains of it. Thus those whohave comfort of the remission of their sins, must with care andcaution cleanse themselves from sins; for every one that hasthis hope in him, will be concerned to purify himself. 10-32 The cleansed leper was to be presented to the Lord, withhis offerings. When God has restored us to enjoy public worshipagain, after sickness, distance, or otherwise, we should testifyour thanksgiving by our diligent use of the liberty. And both weand our offerings must be presented before the Lord, by thePriest that made us clean, even our Lord Jesus. Beside the usualrites of the trespass-offering, some of the blood, and some ofthe oil, was to be put upon him that was to be cleansed.Wherever the blood of Christ is applied for justification, theoil of the Spirit is applied for sanctification; these twocannot be separated. We have here the gracious provision the lawmade for poor lepers. The poor are as welcome to God's altar asthe rich. But though a meaner sacrifice was accepted from thepoor, yet the same ceremony was used for the rich; their soulsare as precious, and Christ and his gospel are the same to both.Even for the poor one lamb was necessary. No sinner could besaved, had it not been for the Lamb that was slain, and hathredeemed us to God with his blood. 33-53 The leprosy in a house is unaccountable to us, as well asthe leprosy in a garment; but now sin, where that reigns in ahouse, is a plague there, as it is in a heart. Masters offamilies should be aware, and afraid of the first appearance ofsin in their families, and put it away, whatever it is. If theleprosy is got into the house, the infected part must be takenout. If it remain in the house, the whole must be pulled down.The owner had better be without a dwelling, than live in onethat was infected. The leprosy of sin ruins families andchurches. Thus sin is so interwoven with the human body, that itmust be taken down by death. 54-57 When that God who is rich in mercy, for his great lovewherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hathquickened us by his grace, #Eph 2:4,5|, we shall manifest thechange by repenting, and forsaking former sins. Let us followafter holiness, and let us compassionate other poor lepers, anddesire, seek, and pray for their cleansing.
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