Leviticus Chapter 12

The book of Leviticus continues to reveal the laws and statutes of God to the children of Israel. This chapter begins as follows:

1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
4 And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.
5 But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.
6 And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:
7 Who shall offer it before the Lord, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female.
8 And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

Moses was commanded by the Lord, to instruct the Israelites of the law of purification of women. When a child was born, the woman was to be considered unclean for seven days afterwards. On the eighth day, any male infant was to be circumcised according to the covenant tradition of their fathers since it was instituted with Abraham (see Genesis 17:10). Then, for 33 days longer, she was not to touch anything holy or go to the tabernacle or sanctuary. When those days of purification were complete, she was to bring a burnt offering of a firstborn lamb, a pigeon or a turtle dove, and a pigeon or turtledove for a sin offering. Once atonement was made by the priests, she was considered clean.

I don’t know the exact reason for this need for purification, but I have an idea as to why this was necessary for them. Throughout the Bible, we have references to blood and the life it is. The greatest references to blood, have to do with the connection they have with the Lord and his sacrifice for mankind. When a child is born, the mother has an issue of blood. Then giving a sacrifice of a lamb fulfills the time of her uncleanliness, in the same way that the sacrifice of the Savior fulfilled the time of performing blood sacrifices. The Bible Dictionary reads, “Uncleanness referred to being ceremonially or ritually unclean and should not be taken to mean that the touching of a dead body or the bearing of children was morally evil. These regulations … were introduced in the law of carnal commandments (of performances and ordinances) of the law of Moses; being fulfilled by the Atonement of Jesus Christ, they are no longer required of the believers.” The blood of Christ, giving willingly as an atonement for all mankind, has made it so all can be clean through Him. This is another reason to find joy in the Atonement.


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