Today you should read: Leviticus 15
Leviticus 15 is about discharges from male and female reproductive organs. The rules in this chapter are symmetrically structured:
- A serious case of male discharge (vv.2-15)
- Man’s emission of semen (vv. 16-17)
- Sexual intercourse (v.18)
- Female menstruation (vv. 19-24)
- A serious case of female discharge (vv. 25-30)
One characteristic of these regulations is their emphasis on the transmission of contagion from one person to another. Transmission of infection may occur in any number of ways: for example, by sitting on an object that a defiled person had previously sat on, by touching contaminated cooking utensils, and by having direct contact through touching or spitting. No matter how it happens, the person infected is required to separate and undergo the purification ritual. It is clear that “unclean” is not the same as “sinful,” but rather has to do with what is permitted (cf. note on 13:3). The Bible does not view the process of reproduction, with its associated bodily functions, as evil; this is part of the original good creation (even though human nature is severely damaged by the fall of Adam). Certainly the Creator of these functions has the right to tell his obedient creatures how and when to use them. (ESV Study Bible Notes)
I know that Leviticus can be a tough book to read and this chapter leaves little to the imagination. Why did God care about these details? It is tough to understand the spiritual significance of these rules. However, I think we need to understand the intricate love that God has for his children. When these issues were deemed “unclean” that didn’t mean “sinful” necessarily. These were protective measures to prevent disease from running rampant throughout the tribes of Israel. God’s commands and rules are meant to keep us from sin but they are also there to protect us from death and destruction. The truth is that when we follow the commands of scripture our lives tend to go better. You don’t have to worry about getting a DUI or wrecking into someone when intoxicated if you follow the command to not be drunk (Galatians 5:19-23). Also, abortion is not an issue if we would all avoid sexual immorality.
God’s love for us is deeper and more spiritual then any of us can understand but it plays out in very practical ways in our life. What commands do you need to embrace and how can you see the love of God in your life through that obedience?
Posted by: Chad Wiles