Did Messiah Have Leprosy?

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). 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! Unclean!" The cure for our leprosy of sin is found in the blood of Yahusha that sprinkles our hearts. Col 2:8: “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 now. Now, check this out: Cleopas (Qlophah) and his wife Miryam*, who walked together with Him for 7 miles on their way to Emmaus, saw the resurrected Yahusha (Luke 24:13). *Miryam - this was the “other Miryam” that was mentioned at Mt 28:1, and notice she is mentioned again here as the sister of Yahusha’s mother: Joh 19:25: “And by the stake of Yahusha stood His mother, and His mother’s sister, Miryam the wife of Qlophah, and Miryam from Magdala.” Imagine that - two sisters with the same name! I just threw this relationship in between Qlophah and Yahusha’s mom so we could use this time for study, instead of a complete waste. When Yahusha walked with these two to Emmaus, He was walking with His uncle and aunt! No that’s fun to know; but it isn’t “enlightenment” as sought by Gnosticism. love, brother Lew (Lew White) Torah Institute POB 436044, Louisville, KY 40253 Check for videos from Torah Institute Copy and paste, or click on these links http://torahzone.net/blog/category/videos-from-torah-institute/

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