Take the 2-minute tour ×
Christianity Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This question already has an answer here:

We know blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, as well as toxin. But Leviticus, Ch. No.14, Verse No.49 to 53 - tells a way for disinfecting a house from plague of leprosy.

It states ‘Take two birds, kill one bird, take wood, scale it - and the other living bird, dip it in water and under running water - later on sprinkle the house 7 times with it. Does it work and how?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by DJClayworth, Caleb May 16 at 23:20

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

1 Answer 1

Edit: per above comment, see here: Is Leviticus 14 describing a cure for leprosy?

Leviticus 14:1-9

14 And the Lord said to Moses,

2 This shall be the law of the leper on the day when he is to be pronounced clean: he shall be brought to the priest [at a meeting place outside the camp];

3 The priest shall go out of the camp [to meet him]; and [he] shall examine him, and if the disease is healed in the leper,

4 Then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living clean birds and cedar wood and scarlet [material] and hyssop.

5 And the priest shall command to kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over fresh, running water.

6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, the cedar wood, and the scarlet [material], and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird killed over the running water;

7 And he shall sprinkle [the blood] on him who is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let go the living bird into the open field.

This very likely has nothing to do with literal sanitation, but like many things of the law, its a reflection of heavenly things, heavenly benefits, and quite often the things involved are symbolisms * although the people of their day took it literal.

Looking at verse 2-3 it appears this is a ritual upon being pronounced clean - not on the cleansing itself.

The law is a reflection of heavenly things:

Hebrews 8:5

5 [But these offer] service [merely] as a pattern and as a foreshadowing of [what has its true existence and reality in] the heavenly sanctuary. For when Moses was about to erect the tabernacle, he was warned by God, saying, See to it that you make it all [exactly] according to the copy (the model) which was shown to you on the mountain.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.