Summary: And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet:
When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession; And he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seemeth to me [there is] as it were a plague in the house: Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go [into it] to see the plague, that all that [is] in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house: And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, [if] the plague [be] in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight [are] lower than the wall; Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days: And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, [if] the plague be spread in the walls of the house; Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague [is], and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city: And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place: And they shall take other stones, and put [them] in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house. And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, [if] the plague be spread in the house, it [is] a fretting leprosy in the house: it [is] unclean. And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry [them] forth out of the city into an unclean place. Moreover he that goeth into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even. And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes. And if the priest shall come in, and look [upon it], and, behold, the plague hath not spread in the house, after the house was plaistered: then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed. And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water: And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times: And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet: But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house: and it shall be clean.
The house of the person in the land of Canaan represents the heart of a person
Often leprosy was found in houses in Israel
certain rituals were performed in order to deal with this leprous house
of course these rituals foreshadow and symbolize a work that God does about SIN in the heart.
LEPROSY represents SIN
but as we read, the situation will be one of two things
once leprosy is found in the house, the house is shut up for seven days.
after the seven days lapse, the house is checked
if the house has signs of leprosy spreading, it was called a "fretting leprosy" and the house had to be totally torn down.
But if the leprosy in the walls did not spread, the house was healed.
and if it was healed, the priest would take two live birds, cedar, hyssop, scarlet and running water from a river
the one bird was killed over the basin of water and the cedar, hyssop and living bird were dipped into that water, and the house was sprinkled with that water
and then the living bird was set free.
Jews cannot figure out why this was carried on, but we, who know about the Law symbolizing the New Testament work of God, can understand it.
why was there not a law concerning goats who get tumors, or budgie birds that get stomach flu?