Archive for September 26th, 2011

Leviticus 12

Leviticus 12 is a very short chapter of only eight verses.  It covers the child bearing process and how a woman needed to be cleansed after giving birth.  It is interesting that “if a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days” versus “but if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks”.  That obviously sets the stage for some real great jokes, but we’ll pass on that for now.

It does, however, explain why they waited until “on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised”.  That always seemed a bit curious prior.  The purifying was 33 days when a male child was born versus 66 days when a female was born.  In both cases, upon purification, the woman was to bring a lamb to the priest at the tent of meeting for a sin offering.  Even in the midst of childbirth and the ensuing purification process, sin sneaks its way into our lives.

Sin has a way of just wedging into life whether it be intentional disregard for God’s expectation, or failing to do things that we are to be obedient to.  Sin creates a division between us and God.  It is important – sometimes we tend to think it is no big deal.  One thing we should learn from the Old Testament is that sin is always a very big deal.  God can’t ignore it.  That is why there were lots of different sacrifices and offerings – to cleanse the people from sin.

Jesus is our sacrifice today.  He went to the cross to set us free from the stain and price of our sin.  The consequence of sin is still exactly as it was when scripture was written – ‘the wages of sin is death’ – eternal separation from God.  But the blood of Jesus was shed to cover our sin.  That gift of grace sets us free.  But only if we receive it and make it our own.  Grace only works when it becomes something we take and make ours.  Have you taken that very important step?  Is Jesus your Savior and Lord?  If not, today can be the day of salvation in your life!

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