Why did God require the person cleansed from leprosy always also to offer a guilt and a sin offering upon his cleansing? This would seem automatically to connect the contraction of leprosy always with some sin he had committed, but, surely, when a person got leprosy (or even today gets any disease), it is not always connected withs ome sin he has committed!
I have read one commentary on these verses that states that the guilt and sin offerings connected with the leprosy are to represent the fact that with sin came physical consequences such as diseas. However, the atonement made with these offerings seems in the text very specific to the individual involved.
Another commentary suggested that the atonement for sin was because the person likely sinned in some ways a s result ofcontracting his illness. However, this would seem inconsistent with all other sacrifices made by individuals as a direct result of some particular sin they had definitely committed.
Perhaps the guilt and sin offerings were to cover any sins (he may have even forgotten?) he had committed during his absence from collective worship?
I must say that, so far, I have found no good reasons or interpretations of why guilt and sin offerings are connected with acquiring leprosy.
Could soemone please help me to understand this? Or, at least provide some more cogent commentary with interpretations of this issue?