This is an interesting passage. Leprosy is like sin, and these are God’s regulations on how to deal with an infected house. It seems to have some prophetic significance, or at least set standards by which the world itself will be judged since sin keeps showing up on this planet.
33 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
34 When ye be come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession;
35 And he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, It seemeth to me there is as it were a plague in the house:
36 Then the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go into it to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean: and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house:
They empty the house because once the priest sees the leprosy, everything in that house will have to be destroyed – so you want to take out all the valuables lest they get condemned along with the house. This is reminesant of Lot being rescued from Sodom before it was destroyed, or of the rapture of the church before the tribulation starts.
37 And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow strakes, greenish or reddish, which in sight are lower than the wall;
38 Then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days:
There were seven days before judgement when Noah went into the ark, and Daniel’s seventieth week will last seven years during the tribulation.
39 And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look: and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house;
40 Then the priest shall command that they take away the stones in which the plague is, and they shall cast them into an unclean place without the city:
41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place:
This reminds me of Babylon’s destruction toward the end of the great tribulation, which event is likened to a great millstone cast into the sea (cf. Rev. 18:21; Jeremiah 51:63-64; Judges 9:53; Matthew 18:6; Job 41:24).
42 And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other morter, and shall plaister the house.
43 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;
After the tribulation, Satan is bound 1,000 years, and people of the nations that are saved will repopulate earth during the millennial reign of Christ – but afterwards Satan is once again loosed and man rebels against God yet again (cf. Dan 7:12; Isaiah 26:10; Rev 20:7ff).
44 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.
So even the millennial reign of Jesus Christ ends with Satan once again inspiring mankind into apostasy against the Creator. The ‘house’ of this world system is incurable. This planet, and the entire universe, will have to be burned up and judged so that a new, eternal, and righteous world can be made. (2 Peter 3:10; Rev. 21-22).
45 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.
46 Moreover he that goeth into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even.
47 And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes.
48 And if the priest shall come in, and look upon it, and, behold, the plague hath not spread in the house, after the house was plaistered: then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed.
God will make a distinction in judgment, and the righteous and meek people that do not rebel with Satan at the end of the millennial period will inherit eternity, forever filling up the holy new universe that Christ will make.
49 And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:
50 And he shall kill the one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water:
51 And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times:
52 And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet:
53 But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open fields, and make an atonement for the house: and it shall be clean.
The living and dead bird both represent Jesus Christ who died and rose again, and whose blood forever cleanses us from all sin.
54 This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and scall,
55 And for the leprosy of a garment, and of a house,
56 And for a rising, and for a scab, and for a bright spot:
57 To teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean: this is the law of leprosy.