Leviticus 14.51 – Cleansing a house of leprosy

Once it had been determined that a house had been healed of a leprous plague, the priest had to take two birds, along with cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop to cleanse the house ritually.

He would kill one of the birds,

“and he shall take the cedar wood, the hyssop, the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times” (Leviticus 14.51).

This showed that the house had been healed and cleansed of the leprous plague completely.

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2 thoughts on “Leviticus 14.51 – Cleansing a house of leprosy

  1. …blood can be used as a disinfectant?

    If you read in Leviticus, Chapter 14, Verses 49-53, you’ll read the following:

    49 And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:

    50 And he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water:

    51 And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times:

    52 And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet:

    53 But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house: and it shall be clean.

    Sprinkle the house with blood to disinfect against plague of leprosy?

    Did you know that blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, as well as toxin, AIDS, etc.?

    • Blood was not used as a disinfectant here, but it was part of the ritual cleansing, symbolizing later what the blood of Jesus Christ would do in washing away our sins.

      However, it is true that blood cleanses our system, for that is how waste products are carried from the various locations in body to the place where the body excretes them.

      Don Ruhl

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