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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture
Leviticus 14

 

 

Verses 1-7

Leviticus

THE FIRST STAGE IN THE LEPER’S CLEANSING

Leviticus 14:1 - Leviticus 14:7.

The whole treatment of leprosy is parabolic. Leprosy itself is a ‘parable of death.’ The horrible loathsomeness, the contagiousness, the non-curableness, etc. So the man was shut out from camp and from sanctuary. There was a double process in the cleansing rite, restoring to each.

I. Sketch the ceremonial. Two birds, one slain over a vessel of water so that its blood drained in. Then the living bird was to be dipped into this water and blood, along with cedar, scarlet, and hyssop, and the man sprinkled seven times and the living bird set loose.

II. The significance. This elaborate symbolism was partly intelligible even then. Two birds, like the two goats on the Atonement Day. Did both in some sense symbolise the man? The first one was not exactly a sacrifice. Its death points to the physical death which was the end of the disease, but also in some sense its death symbolised the death by which cleansing was secured.

‘By water and by blood.’

 


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MacLaren, Alexander. "Commentary on Leviticus 14:4". Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mac/leviticus-14.html.

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Sunday, December 15th, 2019
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