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Bible Commentaries

Bell's Commentary on the Bible

Leviticus 14

Verses 1-57

    1. Double Bird Lesson!
      1. Birds do not belong in clay Jars(they ought to be flying in the heavens).
      2. That reminds us of Jesus’ incarnation, when He limited Himself into a body once formed from clay, the body of a man.
      3. If the 1st bird speaks of Jesus life in an earthen vessel, & also experienced death in it also. Then the 2nd bird being set free can represent His Resurrection from the dead. (note 8th day vs.10)
    2. The Lifting of a Leper?
      1. Read 14:14 - Note: 14:14-20 as compared to 8:22-24.
      2. Just as the Lord is making for himself a “kingdom of priests”.
        1. Oh, what a Savior!
    3. Divine Mildew?
      1. OK, who has mildew in their home? (shower, not glossy enough paint?)
      2. This leprosy found in clothes or in houses was more like mildew, mold, fungus, or bacteria.
        1. It’s problem it could spread rapidly & promote disease.
        2. It is important to check its spread ASAP.
      3. God gives instructions regarding the littlest things, the most mundane & ordinary situations.
        1. A Household nuisance yes, but something that would effect the fate of a nation?
      4. Here was a mildew placed by God? (34).
        1. Maybe to test if they’d follow the prescribed procedures to eradicate the microbes?
      5. How do you tell God sent Mildew form the kind that just grows in the right condition?
        1. I don’t think there is a difference. “Nothing” happens outside of Gods decrees.
      6. Application: We need to eradicate the little mildew in our life before it grows…cuz it only gets uglier!
        1. Q: What mildew will He place in your life today, that He wants you to deal with?
        2. God not only cares about His “big plans” for us, but even for those that are “little” in scale also!
        3. It might be the Mildew of the Mundane of your life that He wants to test, “be faithful I the little things.”
    4. Why the elaborate details?
      1. The cleansing of a home suggests the need of a pure environment if we are to live aright!
        1. Have anything at home that you shouldn’t have. What at home has the stench of Mildew in God’s nostrils? (cut it off, burn it, throw it outside your camp!)
      2. Living a pure social life, a pure family life, a pure church life, must be & will be the outcome of personal cleansing & consecration.
    5. Lastly, Are you sick w/a skin disease?
      1. Like the lepers of the NT who sought Jesus for a healing crying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
        1. He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. (Lk.17:13,14)
      2. Make sickness itself a prayer. (Saint Francis of Sales)
      3. “The chamber of sickness is the chapel of devotion”. (English Proverb)
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Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Leviticus 14". "Bell's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/leviticus-14.html. 2017.