Cleaning House

Jesus inspected the Temple twice during his ministry; twice he found it diseased and debased. He condemned the house and tore it down within a generation–less than three years after it was finally completed.

Have you wondered why the Temple was inspected twice? Why was it condemned and destroyed, along with the whole old order?

Now read Leviticus 14:33-48.:

33The Lord further spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying: 34“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, 35then 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.’ 36The 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. 37So 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,38then the priest shall come out of the house, to the doorway, and quarantine the house for seven days. 39The priest shall return on the seventh day and make an inspection. If the mark has indeed spread in the walls of the house, 40then the priest shall order them to tear out the stones with the mark in them and throw them away at an unclean place outside the city. 41He shall have the house scraped all around inside, and they shall dump the plaster that they scrape off at an unclean place outside the city. 42Then they shall take other stones and replace those stones, and he shall take other plaster and replaster the house. 43“If, however, the mark breaks out again in the house after he has torn out the stones and scraped the house, and after it has been replastered, 44then the priest shall come in and make an inspection. If he sees that the mark has indeed spread in the house, it is a malignant mark in the house; it is unclean. 45He shall therefore tear down the house, its stones, and its timbers, and all the plaster of the house, and he shall take them outside the city to an unclean place. 46Moreover, whoever goes into the house during the time that he has quarantined it, becomes unclean until evening. 47Likewise, whoever lies down in the house shall wash his clothes, and whoever eats in the house shall wash his clothes. 48“If, on the other hand, the priest comes in and makes an inspection and the mark has not indeed spread in the house after the house has been replastered, then the priest shall pronounce the house clean because the mark has not reappeared.

The Great High Priest, who was also the embodiment of Torah, inspected the Temple and found it leprous and unclean. After failing a second inspection, it was condemned.

A new temple built with living stones now stands in its place having neither defiling spot or disqualifying wrinkle.

 

 

 

 

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