Regulations Concerning Mildew and Mold (Leviticus 13:47 – 59)

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Leviticus 13:47 – 59

Questions:

1. Do the clothes you are wearing say anything about you as a person? How does this make you feel?

2. Are you a “pack rat”? If so, why? If not, when do you decide to finally toss out old clothes or those never used items in the basement, garage or attic?

3. What do these regulations about clothing have in common with the previous regulations about skin diseases?

4. What do these rules about mildew reveal about the value of clothes in the ancient world? Why might this value make such rules necessary?

5. What objects have a high value for you? How might the value of these articles become dangerous to your physical well-being? To your spiritual well-being?

6. What new insights does this passage give you into Jesus’ teaching on “treasure that moth and rust destroy” (see Matthew 6:19ff)?

Regulations Concerning Infectious Skin Diseases (Leviticus 13:1 – 46)

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Leviticus 13:1 – 46

Questions:

1. What disease do you fear most? Why? Is the one you fear considered fatal, contagious, inevitable, inherited, crippling, embarrassing or what?

2. With whom do you find it easier to talk more openly: your doctor or your pastor? Why do you think this is?

3. Given the situation the Israelites find themselves in, why would it be smart to be concerned about infectious diseases? How would good physical health promote good spiritual health?

4. Why do you think health laws (such as those in this passage) are part of Israelite religion? What do preliminary symptoms (“white spots”) of these various skin diseases (leprosy, rashes, boil, burns, sores) have to do with religious defilement?

5. Why do you think the burden for health inspection and law enforcement falls to the priests? What does this say about the position of priests in Israel?

6. How important is good health to you? Rank yourself on a scale of 1 (sickly slob) to 10 (health nut). How do you think your lifestyle promotes good health?

7. In what ways does maintaining good health promote your spiritual vitality?

8. How do you react to sickness in others and/or in yourself? Do you see ill-health as a sign of something wrong “spiritually”?

9. What can you do to make sure that you make the proper response to illness?

10. What do you think about testing for infectious diseases? About quarantines?

11. What role should Christians take in the care of the sick, especially the “unclean” members of our society?

Regulations For Purification After Childbirth (Leviticus 12)

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Leviticus 12

Questions:

1. What feelings do you have about babies? Why is that?

2. Do you think it really takes twice as long to become clean after giving birth to a girl? What do these regulations tell you about the values of this culture? About the relationship of culture and law?

3. How do these purification regulations make you feel? How does modern culture affect worship and ritual practices at your church? Is this necessarily bad? Why or why not?