Lev 13:1 Yahveh spoke to Moses and Aaron, and this is what he said,
Lev 13:2 “When a human has on the outer layer of his skin a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a case of leprous disease on the outer layer of his skin, then he will be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests,
Lev 13:3 and the priest will examine the diseased area on the outer layer of his skin. And if the hair in the diseased area has turned white and the disease appears to be deeper than the outer layer of his skin, it is a case of leprous disease. When the priest has examined him, he will pronounce him contaminated.
Lev 13:4 But if the spot is white in the outer layer of his skin and appears no deeper than the skin, and the hair in it has not turned white, the priest will shut up the diseased person for seven days.
Lev 13:5 And the priest will examine him on the seventh day, and if he notices in his eyes the disease is checked and the disease has not spread in the skin, then the priest will shut him up for another seven days.
Lev 13:6 And the priest will examine him again on the seventh day, and if he notices the diseased area has faded and the disease has not spread in the skin, then the priest will pronounce him clean; it is only an scab. And he will wash his clothes and be clean.
Lev 13:7 But if the scab spreads in the skin, after he has shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he will appear again before the priest.
Lev 13:8 And the priest will look, and if he notices the scab has spread in the skin, then the priest will pronounce him contaminated; it is a leprous disease.
deeper than the outer layer
Leprosy could not be tolerated in a people who were intended to show forth the perfection of the LORD. It was a particularly insidious disease, because it was a deep infection that spread and defiled wherever it went. That made it particularly helpful as a warning against rebellion and sinfulness.
The priests first job was to decide whether the spot was merely a temporary scab, or a growing disease. In other words, the priest had to determine whether the victim was healing, or getting worse. By visually observing the victim after a period of isolation, the priest was to determine whether the blemish was deeper than the outer layer.
Sin is deeper than we think. It is rooted in our weakness, and takes advantage of our ignorance. To properly deal with sin in our lives, we will need a healer who knows what is really going on with us.
LORD, thank you for being aware of all our needs, especially the ones that are so deep, we often fail to admit them