“Any person with a serious skin disease must wear torn clothes, leave his hair loose and unbrushed, cover his upper lip, and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as anyone has the sores, that one continues to be ritually unclean. That person must live alone; he or she must live outside the camp” (Leviticus 13.45-56 MSG).
In the Old Testament, open sores on the body caused a person to be separated from the community. If he or she had weeping wounds, they would be considered outcasts until the wounds healed. If the wounds continued to ooze, this was a sign that infection had set in or the wound was not healing properly.
The ooze is the body’s defense mechanisms to clean the wound before the scab forms. There are two main reason why a wound keeps weeping. First, If the hurt person continually rips off the scab, the sore will reopen and continue to weep. Second, if infection has set into the wound, the body will continue to produce the ooze. This can occur if the wound is not cleaned and bandaged quickly and properly.
The Old Testament may seem harsh, but God was protecting His people during a time where science and medicine was extremely limited. However, much of the physical applications of God’s Word can be applied spiritually.
For example, there are many people today with emotional wounds that haven’t been healed. They either keep reopening the wound, rehearsing and harboring their hurts for years and never allowing themselves to heal. Or they have not fully dealt with the hurt, and bitterness, anger and resentment have set in like an infection.
So many people have weeping wounds, and they don’t realize that the ooze pouring from their sores is affecting every single relationship that they have.
“From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness– only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil” (Isaiah 1.6 NIV).
The Bible says that we are like sandpaper to each other. In our normal interactions with people every day, we are going to bump and rub up against each other. This is a good thing, which will sharpen us and make us into the image of Christ. However, people who have multiple open emotional wounds that haven’t healed will feel pain like knives penetrating their flesh every time someone rubs or bumps up against them in normal, everyday interactions.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27.17 ESV).
These people cannot keep relationships well because their emotional wounds are disturbing their everyday life. They will eventually ostracize themselves from the communities around them because they can’t heal properly, let alone be sharpened. Their marriages, families, jobs, ministries, etc., are all affected by wounds that haven’t healed. The scary part is that weeping wounds can become part of someone’s natural reality. Peace, victory and prosperity have now been replaced by fear, defeat and destitution—and this is not God’s will for us!
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10.10 NLT).
The thing to remember is that yes, this life is not fair. Yes, we all receive wounds along the way, but the best thing we can do is allow God to heal them right away. We must let the Living Water of God’s Spirit pour over our sores. Cleansing wounds can hurt and seeking help is humbling; but whether the wound was inflicted by others or by our own choices, we must let God clean it. Then, we need to allow God to bind up our wounds with His protection and care.
The bandage may mark us as broken, but by faith we know that healing is on the way! God promises in His Word that He can and will heal us. Job, one of the most wounded people that ever lived (both physically and emotionally) found healing with a deeper revelation of God. We can dig into God’s Word and His rest in His presence, trusting that eventually we’ll be able to do life with others without feeling pain with every rub and bump.
“For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal” (Job 5.18 NIV).
Once Job humbled himself and allowed himself to be completely vulnerable to God, God was able to not only heal and restore him, but God blessed Job with greater abundance in his life. So take account of your life today. Do you struggle with relationships? Do you get offended and wounded easily? Do you have hurts from your past that you haven’t been dealt with?
Even if you haven’t acknowledged your sores yet, the weeping wounds you carry are oozing all over your relationships and life. Let God clean and bind your wounds today, so you can heal and get back into the community that God has called you to nurture and transform!
So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters” (Job 42.12-13 NLT).