Thinking about Leprosy
I've set aside Dicken's The Old Curiosity Shop
for a day or two to begin reading The Colony
, a true story concerning the leprosy colony of Molokai, written by John Tayman. From what I can tell it is going to be an upsetting read as I learn about those who were left but for dead, miserably existing on an island not fit for human habitation. Sadly, some of the "lepers" who were banished to the island did not even have the disease.
Today we know that the disease is actually a bacterial infection, modernally known as Hansen's disease. When reading about the sad state of existence of those on the Mokolai island, I know already that my mind is going to refer back to those in ancient Israel who were bound by Mosaic law to remain exiled for life. Why would God allow this, much less command it? My answer for now is that I presume God knew the Israelites were not ready to receive a medical identification of leprosy, much less a detailed remedy, which today consists of a drug cocktail therapy. Although few people are genetically able to catch leprosy and of that minority only some are in the active contagious state, God wanted to protect those other genetically susceptible people from ever being exposed to the disease and banishment for that day and age was the best way to stop a spread of leprosy.
And I'm positive that God was with those banished lepers. If your child was a leper living away on a remote island from the general public, wouldn't your heart be continually thinking of your child? Think how much more God's eye was certainly on those stricken sparrows.