“Children are a gift of the Lord,” (Psalm 127:3) but why is the process of having them so painful, difficult, and as we will learn today, unclean?
Laws of Motherhood
12 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying:
‘When a woman [a]gives birth and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of [b]her menstruation she shall be unclean. 3 On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 Then she shall remain in the blood of her purification for thirty-three days; she shall not touch any consecrated thing, nor enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are completed. 5 But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as in her [c]menstruation; and she shall remain in the blood of her purification for sixty-six days.
6 ‘When the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting a one year old lamb for a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering. 7 Then he shall offer it before the Lord and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the [d]flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, whether a male or a female. 8 But if [e]she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, the one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”
This week we’ll discuss some of the passages of Leviticus that are difficult for devotional reading, and this chapter is definitely included in that category!
First, you might be wondering why a woman is unclean for longer after having a girl as opposed to having a boy. This isn’t God being sexist! I found this link helpful: http://revivedbyhisword.org/en/bible/lev/12/.
When we hear the words “unclean,” we automatically think “dirty.” In this case, being unclean is a blessing! Instead of having to get immediately back to work after the baby comes out, God gives women a time to rest! This gave her a chance to spend quality time with her newborn baby as well.
God is constantly calling us to enter into rest! “Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest” (Hebrews 4:11)! Why don’t you take some time to rest and spend time in prayer and thoughtful meditation on God’s word and His precious promises today?
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
- Leviticus 5 – If You Can’t Even Afford Pigeons (inchristalonedevotions.wordpress.com)