Leviticus 13:45-46 - 45"As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, 'Unclean! Unclean!' 46"He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.
During biblical times there were rules about lepers and others who were “infirmed and unclean”. They had to dwell outside of the camp with the other people. They had to announce themselves when they entered any public place to alert everyone they were there and therefore exposing them to their leprosy. When the priest had pronounced the leper unclean, it put a stop to his business in the world, cut him off from his friends and relations, and ruined all the comfort he could have in the world. He must humble himself under the mighty hand of God, not insisting upon his cleanness, when the priest had pronounced him unclean, but accepting the punishment. Verse 46 said he shall live alone…. In the New Testament – the same rule is on the scene when Jesus enters. Luke 17:12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance.
Today, aren't you glad you don’t have to walk in Schnucks and announce your stuff? LIAR, Unclean. COVETING OTHER FOLK STUFF, Unclean. WON’T STAY IN MY LANE, BUT ALL IN HER-LANE AND HIS-LANE WITH CLIFF NOTE VERSIONS OF WHAT I WOULDA SHOULDA COULDA, Unclean. OVERSPENDING WHEN I KNOW I NEED TO GET THIS DEBT DOWN, Unclean. No….we don’t want that. Not at all. We want to keep our stuff to ourselves and think it's ok.
The problem with that is not that you are going to have to go live on the outskirts of I-64; under the bridge, or outside of the city limits; THE PROBLEM IS that all these little things keep you outside a real relationship with the Father. Do you ever wake up in the morning and what used to bring you right into his presence, takes you even longer if you ever even get there? See this is not about the sinners top ten (10 commandments) but the other little foxes. It’s those WEIGHTS THAT SO EASILY BESET US and we all have them – that keeps "standing at a distance” from God. We all have weights, and no your pastor is not going to have you on a list or cut you off from your friends, but it’s affecting your authentic worship. It keeps us from "giving him something he can feel!" The weights make us wait. The enemy wants you to keep it hidden so he can condemn. Don't let him win! Gods got you! Talk to God about your weights and deal with them. He is waiting to set us free! Be blessed today!! Don’t wait!