A plague in the house

Leviticus Bible Background

02.12.2018 – Old Testament: Lev 14.48–53

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 14 on February 12, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Leprosy, or some form of a plague, could even attack a house, the structure itself. Knowing this, the Lord provided Israel with instructions on how to investigate such a problem, and how to deal with it,

“But if the priest comes in and examines it, and indeed the plague has not spread in the house after the house was plastered, then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed. And he shall take, to cleanse the house, two birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop. Then he shall kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water; and he shall take the cedar wood, the hyssop, 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 the running water and the living bird, with the cedar wood, the hyssop, and the scarlet. Then he shall let the living bird loose outside the city in the open field, and make atonement for the house, and it shall be clean” (Leviticus 14.48–53).

Part of what they did was practical and the other part was ceremonial, for in so doing, they recognized the hand of the Lord in their lives, even in their homes.


  • Does the Lord work in all parts of your life?
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