God’s Sanctuary represents immortality and incorruptibility. In His presence, there is no death, no decay, and no decomposition. Therefore, He bans from His Sanctuary the disease that represents a living decomposition. Leprosy involves an ongoing, visible progression toward physical corruption. It is the antithesis of the immortal and incorruptible world represented in God’s Sanctuary.
In the story of the ten lepers, the gratitude of the Samaritan is supposed to deliver a shock and illustrate just how inappropriate ingratitude is for Jewish people. If a Samaritan knows enough to express appropriate gratitude to God for a miraculous healing, how much more so should the Jewish people do the same?
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