Lev 13:29 “When a man or woman has a disease on the head or the beard,
Lev 13:30 the priest will examine the disease. And if he notices that it appears deeper than the skin, and the hair in it is yellow and thin, then the priest will pronounce him contaminated. It is an itch, a leprous disease of the head or the beard.
Lev 13:31 And if the priest examines the itching disease and notices that it appears no deeper than the skin and there is no black hair in it, then the priest will shut up the person with the itching disease for seven days,
Lev 13:32 and on the seventh day the priest will examine the disease. If he notices that the itch has not spread, and there is in it no yellow hair, and the itch appears to be no deeper than the skin,
Lev 13:33 then he will shave himself, but the itch he will not shave; and the priest will shut up the person with the itching disease for another seven days.
Lev 13:34 And on the seventh day the priest will examine the itch, and if he notices that the itch has not spread in the skin and it appears to be no deeper than the skin, then the priest will pronounce him clean. And he will wash his clothes and be clean.
Lev 13:35 But if the itch spreads in the skin after his cleansing,
Lev 13:36 then the priest will examine him, and if he notices that the itch has spread in the skin, the priest need not seek for the yellow hair; he is contaminated.
Another problem that tended to be misdiagnosed as leprosy is itching skin on the scalp. When people walked around scratching their heads raw, it tended to cause concern. So, the priests were instructed to isolate these victims of (probably) lesser skin conditions as well. After a period of seven days’ observation, the victim was instructed to shave all his hair, except the part on the scalp where the itch was located. After another seven days, it would be clear whether it was actually leprosy, or some lesser irritation. The whole thing — especially the shaving part — was an ordeal of humiliation and shame for an Israelite, but the seriousness of leprosy made it necessary.
Is there some problem you are having that is making you and those around you wonder about your spiritual health? Maybe you are not sure whether you should bother getting help for your problem, wandering whether it is really cause for concern. Why not try seeking help? A counsellor or pastor or Christian friend might be able to help you, and all it will take is a bit of humbling.
LORD, give us courage to seek help when we need it.