And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them – Mathew 8:4.
Leprosy, like AIDS, was a terrifying disease because there was no known cure. In the days of Jesus, the word leprosy was used for a variety of similar diseases, and some forms were contagious. If a person contracted the contagious type, the law required a leper to be examined by the priest and the priest declared him a leper and banished him from his home and city.
Sin is like leprosy. It’s a progressive infectious disease of the soul and spirit, and it affects others as well as being contagious. Thank God, we no longer have to go to a priest and confess our sins, but go directly to God and confess our sins. Not denying or making excuses for them, but confessing them (If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all righteousness – 1st John 1:9). All of us are tempted at one time or another, our temptations are different, according to our individual weaknesses. Temptation usually follow patterns, the lust of the flesh (physical desires), lust of the eyes (personal desires), and the pride of life (self-interests).
Satan is not stupid, he sends his angels to watch and listen for our weaknesses and he attacks in the areas we’re vulnerable. If we’re easily angered or hurt, he will make sure he put people in place to carry out his assignment towards us. If we’re lonely or not being satisfied with our mate, he will make sure he sends someone who will get our attention. If we’re weak, we will fall in the trap of adultery, but even in our weakest moments, we have an Advocate we can call on to deliver us from temptation. We no longer have to go to a priest for we have a High Priest that sites on the right hand side of the Father that is interceding for us twenty-four hours a day. There is no need for us to fall into sin when we have someone who can and will help us to overcome sin if we desire to be free from practicing sin.