The Book of Leviticus, Chapter 12

This chapter is going to fun. But it’s also quite short. This chapter is about women getting purified after…wait for it…childbirth. Like I said, this chapter is short. I hope you enjoy your read!

God tells Moses what to say. Moses then tells the Israelites. Here’s what was said:

A woman who becomes pregnant & has a son will be “ceremonially unclean” for 7 days. On the 8th day, the son will be circumcised. Then the women must wait 33 whole days to be purified from her bleeding. (So pretty much, after women get done bleeding after having her son, she’s gotta wait 33 days before she or her husband can do anything.) She can’t touch any sacred. She can’t go to the sanctuary until the purification period is over. Told ya, can’t do anything!!!

If the woman gives birth to a daughter, she’s unclean for 14 days. Yes, having a daughter means double the time. Just watch. She had to wait 66 days to be purified from her bleeding if she has a daughter.

When her days of purification are over, the woman was to bring the priest a year-old lamb for a burnt offering & a dove for a sin offering. She was to bring these offerings to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. The priest offered the lamb & dove before God to make atonement for her. Then the new mom would be ceremonially clean “from her flow of blood.” (Ok, this make a lot of sense if you’ve had a baby, work in the maternity ward, or have been any kind of close to a woman whose had a baby. It’s not a pretty. We aren’t gonna get into that here. That’s better left for a biology or health class.) If the woman couldn’t afford a lamb, she could’ve brought 2 doves or 2 young pigeons. One was for the burnt offering, the other was for the sin offering. You can also find this in Luke 2:24.

 

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