The condition called leprosy is known to most of us as the universal disease. The Bible shows us pictures of leprosy in the past, today and even in the future. The pictures of leprosy in the bible are clear and portray the disease as though it is still a threat to many. The pictures of leprosy in the bible are not written in an extremely hostile manner but rather pictures of people who have the disease are highly educated, making fun of those who are afflicted with it, showing pity for others and telling them that leprosy is no big deal. These pictures are funny, entertaining and show us that leprosy in the bible does not have to be taken so seriously. Let’s take a look at some of these verses to see how different they really are from the modern-day messages about leprosy in the bible.
The first picture we will look at is in the Old Testament Book of Numbers. Here we find the story of someone who infected his son with leprosy. The name of the person who did this was Aaron, a very wealthy man. We see that Aaron used the scar tissue and skin of his son as a means of covering up the marks of leprosy. Another fact we learn is that Aaron’s son went blind and suffered needlessly because of the blindness.
Next we read in the Bible’s book of Deuteronomy that when a man or woman is found with leprosy, that person must not be healed of the disease until a scar is removed from the skin that was affected by leprosy. The reason for wanting to keep people from getting healed of leprosy in this way is quite obvious. The people in Israel at that time had no money and would only accept payments from doctors when their bodies were damaged enough to make them unable to do any type of work. Therefore, the people saw a doctor when their bodies were scarred and they would only get treated if the doctor paid them enough.
Another bible picture dealing with leprosy deals with a man named Absalom. He came down with leprosy and the people of Samaria burned him at the stake for being a leper. Of course, we all know that leprosy is not actually a religion but more of a disease caused by a fungus known as candida. This fungus attacks and damages the skin and hair causing it to decay.
Now, Absalom knew something that most people didn’t. He also had the knowledge that God had sealed his passageway into heaven. He knew that if he repented and got cured of his leprosy, God would allow him to enter back into heaven unharmed. That is why we have found pictures of leprosy in the Bible. We know that the men and women in ancient times took many risks and did not hesitate to be naked and exposed to disease and infection.
Of course, this was just one of the many diseases and infections that humans faced during their short time on earth. There was absolutely no way to protect themselves from disease and death. But, humans certainly did not die of leprosy because of it. Of course, when the picture of leprosy in the Bible is viewed today, we see it as a graphic picture and probably one of the most graphic images we can find in the Word of God. It shows an ugly disease that has resulted in the death of a great man.
But, we also see leprosy as a reminder. A beautiful story that is full of hope can come from a story of leprosy. It shows us that even though we are weak and prone to disease, God has provided a way for us to be strong again. We can still go back to the person our soul once was. He is still our center of gravity, so to speak.
The Bible does show us the results of leprosy, but it doesn’t show us what caused it. We are left to speculate about what might have brought about such a terrible disease to take place. We don’t know the real cause. Some say leprosy was caused by the touching of unclean hands. Other experts suggest leprosy was caused by a spiritual or intellectual deterioration which lead to leprosy.