Leviticus – Chapter 14: Cleansing From Defiling Skin Diseases

In Leviticus 13 we learned about the regulations about defiling skin diseases and in Leviticus 14 we learn about cleansing from defiling skin diseases.  Two full chapters on skin diseases!

“If they have been healed of their defiling skin disease, the priest shall order that two live clean birds and some cedar wood, scarlet yarn and hyssop be brought for the person to be cleansed.” – Leviticus 14:3-4

Apparently being healed is not good enough.  You must also be cleansed.  Seriously?

“Seven times he shall sprinkle the one to be cleansed of the defiling disease, and then pronounce them clean.” – Leviticus 14:7

Seven times.  Not six.  Not eight.  Seven.  You are not fully cleansed unless you are sprinkled seven times!  Got that?

“The person to be cleansed must wash their clothes, shave off all their hair and bathe with water; then they will be ceremonially clean. After this they may come into the camp, but they must stay outside their tent for seven days.”  – Leviticus 14:8

Once cleansed, guess what, you must remain out of the tent for another seven days.  Why?  Because God says so.

“On the seventh day they must shave off all their hair; they must shave their head, their beard, their eyebrows and the rest of their hair. They must wash their clothes and bathe themselves with water, and they will be clean.” – Leviticus 14:9

God demands you shave your pubes to be fully clean.  🙂

“The priest is to take some of the blood of the guilt offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of the one to be cleansed, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot.” – Leviticus 14:14

In order to be cleansed by God’s definition of the word, a priest must spread animal blood on parts of your body.  This is “cleansing”?  The next several verses are all about the proper way to sacrifice animals, so I won’t bore you.

“When you enter the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your possession, and I put a spreading mold in a house in that land, the owner of the house must go and tell the priest, ‘I have seen something that looks like a defiling mold in my house.’” – Leviticus 14:34-35

WTF?  Why is God spreading mold in people’s houses?  The almighty God has no time for stopping rape, but has plenty of time to spread mold and make rules for how to clean the “godly” mold.

“If the defiling mold reappears in the house after the stones have been torn out and the house scraped and plastered, the priest is to go and examine it and, if the mold has spread in the house, it is a persistent defiling mold; the house is unclean.  It must be torn down—its stones, timbers and all the plaster—and taken out of the town to an unclean place.” – Leviticus 14:43-45

As the result of God spreading mold (earlier verses make it clear God is the one spreading the mold), people’s houses are torn down.  Does God rebuild them?  NOPE!

Sigh.  God has little to say about stopping rape, but spends a full chapter (a long 57 verse chapter) on cleansing skin diseases and cleaning up mold that God Himself spread!  This is insane.  God and the Bible are described by Christians as the source of morality, but the Bible is filled with too much crap about things like skin diseases and mold.

Coming Soon:  Leviticus – Chapter 15:  Discharges Causing Uncleanness

5 thoughts on “Leviticus – Chapter 14: Cleansing From Defiling Skin Diseases

  1. God cares about everything the Israelites did. You can come to the logical conclusion that God is responsible for all of his creation, including the good the bad things that happen. Praise God that he did not abandon his creation but planned the redemption before the fall in this finely tuned universe. Rape was a very serious crime in the bible, and the penalty was usually death. Skin diseases and mold do require a lot of work to correct even in our day. Mold and skin diseases were probably more of a concern to the ancient Israelites than being raped. God loves you and he loves that your reading the Bible. Keep up the good work.


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