New Defender's Study Bible Notes
5:4 without the camp. Because of the contagious and incurable nature of such lethal plagues as leprosy, such ostracism was mandatory in close quarters like those in the wilderness camp and, later, in crowded towns and villages. They are, therefore, appropriate types of the fatal spiritual disease of sin, which “when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:15). Those who die in their sins must be separated forever “from the presence of the Lord” (II Thessalonians 1:9) for, in the holy city, “there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth” (Revelation 21:27). However, the Lord Jesus Christ, “that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate” (Hebrews 13:12) taking “our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (I Peter 2:24).