This chapter is a continuation of the laws of chapter 13. This chapter can be divided up into two parts. Verses 1-32 describe the purification rites of someone who had previously been declared infected with tsara’at. Verses 32-53 describe mud covered or plastered building stones that are infected with tsara’at.
We now come to the appetizing chapter of “running sores and leprosy.” This chapter discusses a skin affliction that is termed “leprosy,” but leprosy as we know it today (Hansen’s Disease) does not at all fit the description given here.
As we begin this chapter, it should be remembered in the previous two verses that Peter was just saying that it would be better for people not to have know the way of righteousness, than to have know them and turned away and rejected Torah (2 Peter 2:21-22).
The previous chapter showed us that the world around us is filled with unclean things and we can be contaminated by contact with them. The external character of sin is characterized by the physical elements of certain animals, fish, birds, and insects and all dead things. Sin is all around us. It is everywhere in this lost world.
Peter says there are false prophets who arose among the people. I do not think Peter is prophesying of something new here. It is likely that he is speaking of the false teachers spoken of by Messiah (Matt. 7:15-23).
Peter calls himself a bond-servant and apostle (missionary) of Yeshua Messiah. He tells us to whom he is writing. He is writing to those who “have received a faithfulness of the same kind as ours by the righteousness of our Elohim and and Savior, Yeshua Messiah.”
This chapter is one of the high points in Scripture, but it is one of the most ignored chapters by Christianity. In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, Elohim gives us explicit orders as to what is considered food and what is not considered food. Christians for some 1600 years have thought this chapter doesn’t apply anymore and can and should be ignored. This chapter describes what has been called the “Levitical Diet.” But nowhere in this chapter are Levites even mentioned.
This text and the other three Gospels state that they came to the tomb early on Sunday morning. It does not state that Yeshua resurrected on Sunday morning. He likely resurrected on what we know as Saturday night after the sun went down on the Sabbath Day, not on Sunday morning. When they arrived at the break of dawn, He was already gone.
The book of Leviticus contains very little action. This chapter includes a change of pace in this book of instruction, but it is not a happy change of pace. This chapter involves the death of two of Aaron’s sons.
The whole body of the Sanhedrin arose and took Him to Pilate. Then they told lies about Him saying that He forbade the people to pay taxes to Caesar. This whole scenario was a set up beforehand (Luke 20:20-25). We are told that they marveled at His answer and kept silent (Luke 20:26). Since they could not catch Him with His Words, they made up words and bore false witness against Him. This too was prophesied (Psalm 64:3-6).
The eighth day is a reference to the eighth day that Aaron and his sons were consecrated as priests. It is not a reference to the eighth day of the month. Seven days of cleansing is a typical time period and was commanded at the end of the previous chapter
This chapter has to do with the consecration of the priests and of the Tabernacle. When it says “all the congregation,” it means the entire nation was to assemble there. The Hebrew word for “congregation” is edah.