Shhhhh, Don’t Tell Anyone We are Lepers

13 Nov

Isa 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

I was at the Santa Barbara Zoo in California yesterday. As my friend and I walked around in the avian displays, we stopped at one point and said, “Wow, toucans really stink, don’t they? Who knew.”

Problem was, we didn’t know either. Because toucans don’t stink.

We were still about four displays away from the vultures, and they do stink.

Horribly! They stink horribly. Even when they are not being fed dead things they smell of decomposed flesh. They must exude the smell through their pores. And it almost made me throw up.

It also made me think of the above passage from Isaiah. You see, the filthy rags in that verse are the rags that lepers used in Bible times to bind their wounds. And lepers didn’t have neat little wounds.

Not at all. Lepers used rags to bind up oozing wounds on decomposing flesh. That was what their disease did to them.

We don’t get that because leprosy is almost cured in our day.

But the smell of decomposing flesh that hangs over vultures would be similar to the smell that hung over lepers, back in the day.

And God always used leprosy as an analogy for sin.

Not that lepers were greater sinners than the rest of us.

No, leprosy was an analogy for the sinful condition we all face. That verse says that our most righteous acts are like rags cast off by lepers.

Not very flattering, is it?

But very necessary for us to face. None of us is “95% good and only needing for God to give us a little boost into heaven.”

No, we are all abject, hellbound creatures without Christ, reeking of the leprosy of our own sin. If God didn’t love us unconditionally, He would not love us at all.

Our sin is very, very bad news.

But our Saviour is very, very good news.

God sent Christ to bear our sin penalty, to die and rise again from the grave in our place, that we might be forgiven of our sin. Forgiven of the reeking leprosy of our sin.

And that, in Him, we might live forever with God.

To God, our sin is putrid, like the smell of a vulture or the smell of a leprous rag. But, in Christ, we can be restored to God, and be in relationship to Him forever.

All we have to do is ask Him, in prayer.

Please consider asking Him to enter your life, today.

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