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IMMERSE

BEGINNINGS
14:23-43
and the other for a burnt offering. On the eighth day of the purification
ceremony, the person being purified must bring the offerings to the priest
in the Lord’s presence at the entrance of the Tabernacle. The priest will
take the lamb for the guilt offering, along with the olive oil, and lift them
up as a special offering to the Lord. Then the priest will slaughter the
lamb for the guilt offering. He will take some of its blood and apply it to
the lobe of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the
right foot of the person being purified.
“The priest will also pour some of the olive oil into the palm of his own
left hand. He will dip his right finger into the oil in his palm and sprinkle
some of it seven times before the Lord. The priest will then apply some of
the oil in his palm over the blood from the guilt offering that is on the lobe
of the right ear, the thumb of the right hand, and the big toe of the right
foot of the person being purified. The priest will apply the oil remaining
in his hand to the head of the person being purified. Through this process,
the priest will purify the person before the Lord.
“Then the priest will offer the two turtledoves or the two young pigeons, whichever the person can afford. One of them is for a sin offering
and the other for a burnt offering, to be presented along with the grain
offering. Through this process, the priest will purify the person before
the Lord. These are the instructions for purification for those who have
recovered from a serious skin disease but who cannot afford to bring the
offerings normally required for the ceremony of purification.”
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When you arrive in Canaan, the
land I am giving you as your own possession, I may contaminate some of
the houses in your land with mildew. The owner of such a house must then
go to the priest and say, ‘It appears that my house has some kind of mildew.’
Before the priest goes in to inspect the house, he must have the house
emptied so nothing inside will be pronounced ceremonially unclean. Then
the priest will go in and examine the mildew on the walls. If he finds greenish or reddish streaks and the contamination appears to go deeper than
the wall’s surface, the priest will step outside the door and put the house
in quarantine for seven days. On the seventh day the priest must return for
another inspection. If he finds that the mildew on the walls of the house
has spread, the priest must order that the stones from those areas be removed. The contaminated material will then be taken outside the town to
an area designated as ceremonially unclean. Next the inside walls of the
entire house must be scraped thoroughly and the scrapings dumped in the
unclean place outside the town. Other stones will be brought in to replace
the ones that were removed, and the walls will be replastered.
“But if the mildew reappears after all the stones have been replaced and





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