每日诗歌: 在花園中 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/019.html)
Leviticus 14 [Read]
Matthew 26:55-75 [Read]
“Is there a doctor in the house?” That was my question when I read Leviticus 13-14. It seems reasonable to expect a few of the million or so Israelites to develop some skin related disease in the wilderness, and one would think there should be some physicians around to take a look at them. After all, Egyptian physicians (healer) did appear in Gen 50:2. After living in Egypt for over 400 years, the Israelites should have learned some medical knowledge from their neighbors.
Apparently, that was not the case. Priests were the one God sent to inspect those people with skin disease, and Bible did not mention anything about healing them. After the disease was confirmed, they would be declared unclean. They had to live outside the camp to be isolated from the crowd, and they had to cry out “unclean” during those days. To the modern people like you and me, that all sound very primitive. Why can’t God simply let physicians to heal them? But there is another more important question for us to ask.
Did their sin cause their disease? I do not know the answer. God did cause Miriam to have a skin disease as punishment of her rebellion against Moses (Nu 12:10), but Bible was silent about the cause of Naaman’s skin problem (2 Ki 5:1). For the blind man in John 9, it was clear that his disease was not caused by sin. Besides, the sin offering of those unclean people were offered after they were healed, not before (Lv 14:18-19). Most importantly, there was no mention about priests telling them to repent in order to be healed.
One thing was clear, though. The skin disease, or any other disease for that matter, drives people to God. Disease and the suffering it causes have the power to clear our mind, and that clarity helps us to see our limitation and the need for God’s deliverance. In that sense, any suffering can be seen as a blessing. But that only works if we are humble enough to come before God to receive such blessing. Otherwise, it will only turn into bitterness.
Do we want to be better or bitter? That is the choice.
Keep on reading,