Did Messiah Have Leprosy?
Leprosy Did Messiah have it
A new wind of doctrine has been
going around, and books and articles are being written, claiming Yahusha was
a leper. Obviously, modern “Gnosticism” is rampant,
and bizarre suppositions are being drawn from the text of Scripture to form
new “cases” (casuistry
- the use of clever but unsound reasoning).
Teachers pull their so-called “knowledgeable”
impressions from outside sources, and appear to be
erudite for being so well-read. And yet, Yahusha told us to beware of the
“leaven”, which are the outside ideas of men that
puff-up or replace the simple teachings (yoke) we should live under -
Yahusha’s teachings. What He wants us to know, we know: and those things He
does not want us to know are not of our concern. The rabbit trails people
are led to follow lead nowhere, and the time spent pursuing them only serves
to distract us from our primary mission.
If we think of these outside
teachings as muddy footprints
in our household, then the Zohar, Talmud, and cult writings from certain
sects (like some found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, writings of the Gnostic
Circus fathers, or the Apocrypha) would be the sources of the
mud messing up our living space.
At the center of this question of
leprosy, we see that Yahusha
could not have had any indication of uncleanness, otherwise crowds would not
have been pressing in on Him. Lepers kept their distance. The young Elazar
would not have rested his head on Yahusha’s breast (John 13:25). Recently
teachers have been picking up and repeating the idea that Yahusha was a
leper, because they assume the “concrete” meaning of certain words is
literal. Yahusha was frustrated with the “slowness” of His listeners to
comprehend the ABSTRACTIONS – not the literal meaning of the words and ideas
He shared with them.
The strict Pharisees and the Sanhedrin were
looking for any small detail about Yahusha with
which to accuse and test Him. They ate with Him, and He read their thoughts
(Luke 7:39). Would they invite a leper to their house to eat with him?
If Yahusha were actually leprous, would it have
been a detail so small that none of the writers would bother to mention it? And yet, people today are spreading it around as
a new discovery that only the most spiritual and gifted can discern.
That’s the hallmark of GNOSTICISM.
Leviticus / Wayyiqra chapters 13 & 14 discuss the teachings concerning
leprosy. To be obedient to Torah, the leprous individual had to behave
in a specific way, quoted next. If Yahusha had leprosy, everyone would
have known about it. Look at the Torah / instruction for the leper:
Lev 13:45, 46:
“As for the leper who has the infection,
his garments are torn, and his head is uncovered, and he has to cover
his upper lip and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’
He is unclean – all the days he has
the infection he is unclean.
He is unclean, and he dwells alone,
his dwelling place is outside the camp."
Obviously, Yahusha did not walk
around avoiding everyone, wearing ripped garments, crying out, "Unclean!
The cure for our leprosy of sin is found in the
blood of Yahusha that sprinkles our hearts.
“See to it that no one makes a prey of you through philosophy and empty
deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary
matters of the world, and not according to Messiah.”
No, Yahusha did not have leprosy, nor does He
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