KEY VERSE: “And the priest shall offer the burnt offering and the meat offering upon the altar: and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and he shall be clean” (Leviticus 14:20).
Naaman, the captain of the host of the king of Syria was described as a great and honourable man, a military strategist who fought and won series of battles on behalf of his master the king. But he was a leper, a stigma that displayed a blight in his otherwise brilliant career. His life changed when he met Elisha who instructed him to take a dip into the Jordan river seven times.
Miraculously his leprosy vanished. He became a man without reproach and confessed that Jehovah God was without parallel. The leper was to be unclean until he was purified. To complete the purification of the leper on the eighth day, and before he returned to his own home, he was to be presented to the Lord, with his offering. The mercies of God oblige the leper to present himself to Him through the priests, who made acceptable sacrifices for his cleansing and atonement.
Beside the usual rites of the trespass offering, some of the blood and oil was to be put upon him that was to be cleansed. When God has restored us to enjoy public worship again (after sickness, chastisement, or any other challenge), we should show appreciation for the fact that He cleansed us from our sins, admitted us into His Kingdom, separated us for His service, and reserves a place for us in heaven by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. No other sacrifice here on earth can secure eternal treasure for us. God’s kind dealings with us ought therefore to reflect in our appreciation to Him and in how we comport ourselves.
Thought for the day: The blood of Jesus bleaches the heart white!
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