“Health is not valued till sickness comes.” – Thomas Fuller
I absolutely hate being sick. Recently, our whole family went through a bout with sickness after sickness. It is totally fine with me if the kids are sick (I hurt for them, but that is about as far as my empathy goes), but when I am sick the world needs to stop and take care of me! I absolutely hate puking, I don’t want to do it, and I will do everything in my power to prevent it from happening. Although I hate being temporarily sick, it saddens my heart to see those I love in prolonged battles with disease, cancer, and sickness. It often leads me and others to ask the question, why? Why is sickness allowed? Why do kids and good, Godly people get terrible illnesses that ravage their bodies? Is there an answer to these questions?
This important section of Leviticus (chapters 11-15) teach us that holiness doesn’t just happen at the tabernacle, but should be a part of everyday life. They show the Child of God today, that church is not the only place to consider holy living, but we should be holy in every situation of life! This begs the question, why here in Leviticus do holiness and wholeness seem to go together?
Disease and sickness doesn’t seem fair or right and people have pondered why a holy God would allow such things. We need to make this abundantly clear, just because someone is sick doesn’t mean they are in sin or receiving punishment and judgment! See, disease and sickness is evidence that we are fallen and broken. The fall of man affected more than just our soul and spirit… it affected our body. This might not be a full or even fair way of saying this, but sicknesses exist because of sin. We are broken, destined for death, and disease is just a part of that. I hate it as much as you do, but it is a constant and loud reminder that we are fallen, broken, and susceptible to the curse of sin.
God is holy, perfect, and without an defect or imperfection. He will not allow uncleanness in His presence. Those who were unclean in Israel were to be removed “outside the camp” (a key phrase). The uncleanness of the individual separated him from the covenant, he is as good as dead to all. Removed from the people, he has been placed OUTSIDE. This is not due to sin, but the reality that God will not allow impurity and imperfections into His perfect presence.
The tabernacle is an earthly picture of heaven, where God’s presence resides. Impurities were not allowed in the tabernacle, neither will they be allowed in Heaven. Just as we cannot cure our sin problem, we cannot fix our morality and the fallenness it places on our bodies. Revelation 21:27 says, “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” See, it is not just our soul and spirit defiled by sin, but our bodies as well.
This text teaches us two wonderful truths: first, you are responsible for your things. Take ownership and responsibility for you… don’t just let the disease go, take it to the priest. Second, God will one day redeem our bodies! We may be broken now, but one day we will receive a glorified body! Philippians 3:21a – “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body”. I Corinthians 15:53 – “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
Today be encouraged by the truth that just as God has redeemed your soul and spirit, He will one day redeem your body!
Daily Scripture Reading
Leviticus 14 - 15
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“To teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean: this is the law of leprosy.”