October has come and with it Halloween. I have been super busy with books and lagging behind on blog writing. My husband and I are trying to change our home a bit as well. We want to get new floors since the carpet is worn. We also recently gave away our living room furniture, so we are trying to strip away some of the longstanding staples and bring in some new relics. This message is about a house with sickness in the walls, the plaster even. It’s a sickness that gets soaked into the rafters. Our temples have to be emptied so Yeshua’s spirit can fill it. This house I’m writing to you about sounds like one from Amityville Horror, and the Father is the one which has plagued it with a taint.
“When you enter the land of Canaan, which I give you for a possession, and I put a mark of leprosy on a house in the land of your possession, then the one who owns the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, ‘Something like a mark of leprosy has become visible to me in the house” (Leviticus 14:34-35 NASB).
Did you notice The Father said, “And I put the plague of leprosy in a house? Satan’s name wasn’t mentioned. It wasn’t mentioned in Acts either when two people were struck dead for lying to the Holy Ruach Spirit, but that’s another blog, for another time.
So how would one get this leprosy, and what would it look like?
Let’s read further, “The priest shall then command that they empty the house before the priest goes in to look at the mark so that everything in the house need not become unclean; and afterward the priest shall go in to look at the house. “So he shall look at the mark, and if the mark on the walls of the house has greenish or reddish depressions and appears deeper than the surface, then the priest shall come out of the house, to the doorway, and quarantine the house for seven days” (Lev. 14:36-38 NASB).
When Abba led me to this verse, I had no idea what He was trying to say until today. There were a couple of people in the Bible who HaShem struck with leprosy.
“Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); and they said, “Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?” And the LORD heard it” (Numbers 12:1-2 NASB).
I want to repeat that last line:
“And the Lord (HaShem) heard it.”
Not only does the Father hear us, but I think if we were all honest, we would admit we have judged people. We have judged people’s hearts. Sometimes we think we know them and also their assignments when truthfully we don’t. Pride can fill our hearts and cause us to say, “hasn’t He also spoken through us?”
: Envy and the evil eye.
“Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3 NASB).
Meekness does not mean weakness.
HaShem then calls Aaron, Miriam, and Moses, and He gives them this message.
“Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.
“Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in all My household; With him, I SPEAK MOUTH TO MOUTH, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against My servant, against Moses?”
So the anger of the LORD burned against them and He departed. But when the cloud had withdrawn from over the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, as white as snow” (Numbers 12:6-10 NASB).
When the cloud lifted from above the tent. Miriam’s skin was leprous–white as snow.
Jewish tradition teaches that “tzara’at is not leprosy, but rather a severe spiritual malady caused by hatred without cause. We begin to hate someone in our heart. We may think we don’t. We may have even convinced ourselves that when we prayed for our Father to help us forgive them, all the bitterness, and hatred ceased. Then times goes by, and as we are placing our groceries in the checkout lane, we look up and see them standing idly behind us. We force a smile and nod, but inside we are cringing.
Leprosy struck Miriam, and it also afflicted kings.
A King named Uzziah goes into the temple to burn incense, but that wasn’t his job. Eighty priests try and stop him.
“They confronted King Uzziah and said, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is the work of the priests alone, the descendants of Aaron who are set apart for this work. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have sinned. The LORD God will not honor you for this! Uzziah, who was holding an incense burner, became furious. But as he was standing there raging at the priests before the incense altar in the LORD’s Temple, leprosy suddenly broke out on his forehead” (2nd Chronicles 26:18-19).
Right in his forehead where all his knowledge was.
King Uzziah was a leper until his death.
The next person I want to discuss was one who sat under Elisha. He was a prophet in training. He lied and his heart was bent on coveting and the love of money.
After Elisha heals Naaman, a commander of the army of the King of Aram by telling him to dip seven times in the Jordan, Naaman offers to pay him with gifts, but Elisha will not take anything. After Naaman departs with his host, Elisha’s servant Gehazi rides to meet him and lies to obtain wealth. Let’s look at that.
“When he went in and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?”
“Your servant didn’t go anywhere,” Gehazi answered.
But Elisha said to him, “Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money or to accept clothes—or olive groves and vineyards, or flocks and herds, or male and female slaves? Naaman’s leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever.” Then Gehazi went from Elisha’s presence, and his skin was leprous—it had become as white as snow” (2nd Kings5:26-27).
Now that we have looked at a few cases of leprosy on the skin let’s look at the kind that infects our homes and causes our walls to become sick. How does this happen?
Sometimes, we bring leprosy in the house by who we invite into it. Who is in our inner circles? Sometimes we invite leprosy by the things we watch and do. We can ignorantly bring disease in our houses. When this happens, and we have the greenish red streaks, we need a cleansing.
The priest shut the house up seven days and prayed over it. If this leprosy in the house was still there, they had to scrape the walls and even take everything out of the house. Not only that but they had to remove stones. (Ecclesiastes 3:5 ESV) “A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together.” They had to keep removing, plastering and offering sacrifices to try and cover the sin with purity and the blood of these animals. The house was sick.
The Rabbi’s believe that the disease is not contagious, but the sin which causes it is. The main cause of tzara’or leprosy is slander. They believe that when we sin by embarrassing someone else by publicizing information about them that they wish to remain private, even if it’s a statement that is true, this is considered slander. This is one of the most severe crimes mentioned in the Torah, comparable to the offense of murder or idol worship.
I do not know about you or your words; I only know that I am guilty of this sin and as James said, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8 KJV).
We read about, jealousy, envy, pride, bitterness, covertness, and slander.
Leprosy leaves a mark. I pray that each one of us can cleanse our houses in the natural and our houses in the spirit. Father forgive us for any hatred without cause, any words that were not right about someone’s character. We do not want to slander others. Forgive us for any lashon hara and cleanse us from all unrighteousness!
May it be so!