July 16, 2017
And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that he hath taken away the stones, and after he hath scraped the house, and after it is plaistered; then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a fretting leprosy in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the morter of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place. – Leviticus 14:43-45
Mold. Just the mention of the word conjures up all sorts of visual pictures in one’s mind. At one time or another, most of us have come in direct contact with it. The dictionary defines it as “a growth, often woolly, produced on various forms of organic matter when damp or decaying.” For those who have had the unfortunate experience of dealing with mold, its appearance is not what is most important to us. Whether it is on a carton of strawberries we just purchased or in the corner of the basement of our homes, we simply want to get rid of it! We quickly toss out the strawberries, and remind ourselves to look a bit closer the next time we go shopping. We find some chemical product to apply to that mold growing in the basement. Somehow, we just know we will feel much better when it is gone.
One time, a home that gave every appearance of being in good condition was purchased. Later, a bit of mold showed up on a bathroom wall. It was quickly removed with bleach. Eventually the home was repainted inside and out, and sold to new residents. After some time, the new owners noticed mold growing on the wall of the bedroom next to the same bathroom. The mold was cleaned up right away. Again, the house was sold to new occupants. While doing some repairs and preparing to paint, they found a serious mold problem which had been missed during the final inspection before purchase. Nothing could be done but to attack the problem at hand. All sheetrock from the bathroom and bedroom were removed down to the studs. A leaking pipe was discovered under the floor, so up came the bathroom floor to access the plumbing. Finally, the pipe was fixed, the sheetrock replaced, and the mold was gone for good.
Sin is like mold. Just as it is with mold, in order to cure the sin problem, people must get to the source of the trouble. Fixing an outcropping here or there will not do, for it will show up again. God offers complete removal of sin—a spiritual reconstruction. And He will even take out the very nature of sin that all humans are born with. Who does not want a sin-free life?
Anyone with a serious mold problem would be happy to hear how to eradicate it. And we have information of how something worse than mold can be removed. What good news that is to share!