What does the Bible say about quarantine?

By Douglas M. Williams, Sr

“The priest shall isolate the one who has the sore seven days,” and then the priest shall examine the person and if necessary “the priest shall isolate him another seven days” (Leviticus 13:4-5).

These verses refer to isolation, and in all probability most of us have heard more about quarantine and isolation in recent days than ever before. Also, notice the possibility of the isolation being for fourteen days. Sound familiar?

The context of the above verses refer to God’s laws concerning leprosy from Leviticus chapters 13 and 14.

Leprosy was a very terrible, dreaded, and fearful disease. The leper was not permitted to mingle with others, and in fact, if approached by people he had to cry out the warning, “Unclean! Unclean!” (Leviticus 13:45). Thus, the reference to leper colonies. This is shown when ten men who were lepers “stood afar off” and “lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!'” (Luke 17:11-19). By the way, this is a sad situation as Jesus healed these ten, and only one came back to thank Jesus.

Other examples of leprosy in the Bible: Moses (Exodus 4:6-7); Miriam (Numbers 12:10); Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14); Amaziah (2 Kings 15:1-5); Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:16-23); a man healed by Jesus (Luke 5:12-14).

Our problem of quarantine is not leprosy, but Coronavirus or Covid-19. We need to take pre-cautions and follow the guidelines that have been given, and pray much, diligently and fervently that this virus might soon stop the illness and death it is causing (James 5:16). God is still in control!

Let us be grateful to everyone who is working to stop this virus. We are all in this together even though we are apart!


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