2017-10-15 - Exodus: Moses' Third Concern
Moses' Third Concern: God's Signs ~ The Second Sign
The meaning of the second sign is unclear. And as with the serpent, there are as many views on its interpretation as there are commentators. Probably one of the best views comes from Bush. This is a message to a people in bondage, a people who as the leper, are shunned by those around them and it is the Lord who will come to heal them, to free them from their bondage. He will return them to their own land. No more will they be shunned. 3
The parallel for us should be obvious. Throughout scripture leprosy is a picture of sin. It starts off as a small spot and grows until it takes over the whole body. Sin, if unconfessed, can eventually destroy life even that of a believer. It is only God who could cure the leper. It is only God who can heal the unbeliever from the death that is the product of sin.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life.” (Romans 6:23 ESV)
The Lord is also the only one who can cure us, as believers, of the burden of sin in our lives, that is if we take them to Him.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness …” (1 John 1:9 ESV)
By the way, it is important to note here the principle is; if we ask for forgiveness for that which we know we have done, we are forgiven everything, even for those sins of which we are not aware.
Exodus Study to be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.