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Leviticus - Chapter 13

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Leviticus 13:1-8 Here are the instructions on what to do if a skin issue that becomes leprous (a specific skin disease).  The Priests shall examine the skin to see if the hair on the spot has turned white and the disease appears to be deep under the skin, then it is leprosy, and he shall announce the person unclean. If the exam shows no white hair and doesn’t appear deep, then the Priest shall quarantine the person for 7 days just in case and examine them again on day 7. If okay, they will be quarantined for another 7 days and will be examined again on day 7. If the issue on the skin has faded, then it wasn’t leprosy and the person shall be clean after washing their clothes. If they are covered head to foot in it, they are considered clean because even though the person has leprosy, they are not contagious anymore at this point.

Leviticus 13:9-17 If the disease is leprosy (raw flesh with swelling), the person is unclean.

Leviticus 13:18-23 Boils can turn leprous and they shall then be unclean. If no white hair, the Priest shall quarantine the person for 7 days just in case and examine them again on day 7. If faded, they are clean.

Leviticus 13:24-28 Burns can turn leprous and they shall then be unclean. If no white hair, the Priest shall quarantine the person for 7 days just in case and examine them again on day 7. If faded, they are clean.

Leviticus 13:29-37 Diseases on the head or beard can turn leprous and they shall then be unclean. If no yellow thin hair, the Priest shall quarantine the person for 7 days just in case and examine them again on day 7. If not spread, they are clean, and they must shave and be quarantined for another 7 days and be examined again on day 7. If the issue on the skin has faded, then it wasn’t leprosy and the person shall be clean after washing their clothes.

Leviticus 13:38-44 Dull white pots on the skin is leukoderma (loss of pigmentation) and they are considered clean. If a man’s hair falls out of his head or forehead, his is just going bald; he is clean. If a reddish-white spot forms on the bald spot, then it is leprosy.

Leviticus 13:34-46 A leprous person shall wear torn clothes, his hair shall hang loose, cover his upper lip and cry out, “Unclean, unclean!” to warn others to come no nearer for the disease is contagious. He is unclean for the duration of the disease and must live alone outside the camp.

Leviticus 13:47-59 Garments made of wool or linen can be infected with leprosy that show green or red. The garment shall be burned after 7 days of being quarantined if it is still there. If not spread after 7 days, they shall wash the garment and quarantine it for another 7 days. If still there, they shall burn it. If faded, they shall tear that infected portion out of the garment. If it appears again, they shall burn it. If it fades, they shall wash it again and be clean.

Notes: Skin diseases provides more illustrations of the devastating infection of sin and how essential cleansing was spiritually.


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