Every year as I approach the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament while doing my daily Bible study, I am less than enthusiastic. I try, but usually fail, to see any relevance for New Testament Christians in all the rules and regulations. This year I was prepared to once again get bored and bogged down by the priestly duties, including checking out the colors of people’s skin and hair for possible victims of leprosy. So many details to determine if the spots were clean or unclean—7 days quarantines, washings of clothes and body, sacrificing animals, shaving and burning of hair and clothes, cedar wood, scarlet, hyssop, running water, etc, etc.
About that time, as I read a footnote, I had my epiphany. “ Traditionally leprosy; the Hebrew word was used for various diseases afflicting the skin…” Did that also mean skin CANCER? Suddenly these chapters became very relevant! If I had lived back then, instead of the nitrogen freezes, the surgery, and the Fluorouracil cream which all helped me, I would’ve surely listened to and heeded God’s instructions given through the priests. I would have been grateful like the commander Naaman in 2 Kings 5 to hear the Prophet Elisha’s message from God for his cure. He only had to dip 7 times in the muddy Jordan river.
God inspires scriptures that one might read many times and not think they apply to oneself until… This is true whether it applies to one’s health, ( Deu 24: 8) one’s conduct, ( Deu 4:9) one’s pride, ( 1 Cor 10: 12) or one’s salvation. ( Heb 2; 10) (Heb 3: 12)