We have all been exposed to the term, “Being treated like a leper.” Actually, in these days where the Bible is not opened near as frequently as it used to be, maybe there are some who are not familiar with what a leper is. Maybe the same is true for the phrase, “Let the living bird loose into the open field.” Howbeit, I bet we all know what a “jail bird” is! We can be cured and set free of many types of incarcerations!
There are many situations when society needs to lock people away in confinement, for the welfare of everyone. There are people with severe mental illnesses, drug addictions, and physical illnesses that require people to be confined for a period of time. One of the greatest feelings is to be released into open society. Some people are confined into a holding cell because of their violence to others and repeated clashes within society. People are locked away, out of community interaction, for various degrees of inability to relate to the public in a healthy way. However sick they are mentally, emotionally, and physically, they are not yet demon possessed. They feel lonely, isolated, and rejected to know that they are some sort of stigma on society. In their confinement, they have not yet come to the healing power of God, although that is where many do discover God. On that day when they hear, “Let the living bird loose into the open field,” and they are the bird to be released, there is an overwhelming sense of freedom. While the nature of sin confines us into a bondage of worldly habits, preventing us from being what we really want to be, it is the Blood shed by Christ on the Cross that sets us free.
Christ is the bird that was killed and whose blood was shed for the remission of our sin, and we are the living bird that is loosed into the open field! Leprosy was an illness so horrible, that the lepers had to be kept outside the city limits. Not to be touched! Our sin makes us lepers to God, totally incapable of coming within the borders of God’s City. BUT, from the Spirit of God came the order to let the living bird loose into the open field. The ears of the lepers and sinners both perked up at these words, as they wanted to know, HOW? The answer is in the Cross of Christ. Jesus healed the lepers physically and the spiritual lepers. The Spirit in both cases sprouted with wings as they were set free into the open field! It is the Blood shed by Christ on the Cross that lets the living bird loose into the open field. Life comes by reconciliation to the Spirit of God, and the Spirit comes by Christ, and by the Holy Ghost we become the living bird. No sin is too much of a stigma that it cannot be washed from the Cross of Christ. Set yourself apart from the lepers living in the sickness of worldly ways, and be set free by the cleansing within the Spirit of God. The day of resurrection and rapture is nearby, and those cleansed of our leprosy will fly away into the presence of the Lord.
Let the living bird loose into the open field within the Temple of God, your body.
“This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest: And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper; Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop: And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water: And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.” Leviticus 14:2-7