You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all you heart
Leviticus 14 – Reading Note
Perhaps sin and guilt offerings were made, not just when one knew that one had committed a sin, but at other times too. For instance, for a priest who had to offer a sacrifice on the Day of Atonement and on the day he was appointed, a leper being cleansed from his previous illness and a mother who had just given birth. None of those people had committed any specific sins (that they knew of), but they were sinners by nature.
Once again, God made provision for those who could not afford expensive animals for sacrifices but they did not get any less because they were not wealthy. (12:8; 14:21 – 23)
God says if he puts a spreading mildew in a house, not ‘if there is a spreading mildew in a house’. (A reference to his sovereignty?)
The uncleanliness of objects in a house with mildew was not a health issue. Things in a house with mildew did not become unclean unless a priest came to examine the house and they were in it then. God asked the people to remove things from a house to be inspected so they would not be pronounced unclean. If it were a health issue, then the things would be unclean whether the priest pronounced them so or not.
The house also was not destroyed so long as the mildew could be removed (by taking away the affected parts).
A leper had to go through a purification ritual when his illness was gone. A house that used to have mildew had to go through a purification ritual when the mildew is gone.