2 “When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling, a scab, or a bright spot, and it becomes on the skin of his body like a leprous sore, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests.
Leprosy and running issues of the flesh are accurate symbols of the manifestation of sin in the heart of man. It is easy to discard this portion of the bible, suggesting that it does not apply to us today. However, all of the bible is relevant. As J. Vernon McGee says, “It shows the exceeding sinfulness of sin and the effect of sin in action.” When we look at it this way, we find that these chapters are extremely relevant for us today.
40 “As for the man whose hair has fallen from his head, he is bald, but he is clean.
Sometimes you have to call things as they are!
46 He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.
Don’t miss the underlying message in these verses. God is holy, we are not, and we need to be made clean in order to have an intimate relationship with God. Jesus is the cleansing agent that makes that possible.
1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, 2 “ You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Remember for our Old Testament reading, the lamb who was slain on that first Passover in Exodus 12. It was a foreshadow of Jesus’s death on the cross. Jesus tells us that He will be crucified on Passover. He was the unblemished Lamb of God who would die for the sins of the world.
16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
We mustn’t ever think that our faith is so strong that we could never betray Jesus. Consider Peter, who we will see denied that He knew Jesus three times. Satan roams the earth like a lion looking for whom he may devour. He is looking to seize any opportunity to cause us to deny the Lord. We must keep our guards up at all times.
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “ O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”
There are times when life just seems unbearable. Times when we face circumstances that are beyond our control and in our distress our faith begins to wane. It is in those times when it is most important to surrender to the Lord’s will in the same manner is Jesus did, declaring “…nevertheless, not as I will but as You will.”
51 And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.
The Gospel of John tells us that it was Peter who cut the servants ear off. Peter was braver than most people give him credit for. Yes, he denied Jesus, but he also meant it when he said he was willing to die for Him. He is the only one who took out his sword.