I’ve always wondered why, when lepers approached Jesus, he didn’t flinch or mind touching them to heal them. From the scriptures in Leviticus and the commentary, it seems as though it’s not contagious but God’s judgment upon that particular person. It’s as if they wear their inward sin on the outside of their body. That’s why they must go to a priest to judge whether they are clean or unclean rather than a doctor. It makes perfect sense, as some ailments are products of worry and anxiety. Back then, the lepers had colonies and had others to commiserate with and wallow in self-pity, never to be healed. Here’s a thought: if you are in social groups that dwell on unhealthy issues, it may be a good idea to get out of them and get in a group that speaks life and peace over you rather than the negativity often produced by those who are not healed through salvation in Jesus. It is thought that leprosy came from Egypt, and those who didn’t leave the Egyptian traditions behind got it. Another point, especially for a Christ-follower, is to leave your old ways behind. Jesus set you free, so don’t return to your old ways, inviting sin to corrupt your body again.
As a side note, they had to uncover their head but cover their upper lip, which reminds me of what the government recently did to healthy people, causing them to feel forced to wear a mask, knowing it was ineffective. Their goal was not to protect others but to demoralize and dehumanize them. Never comply with their mandates again. It was the news topic recently, but the idea seems to have disappeared as quickly as it reappeared.
When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests: Leviticus 13:2
Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid. 1 Timothy 5:24-25