Archive for September 15th, 2014

Leviticus 12

Leviticus 12 lays down the law for circumcision where God says “on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised”.  The chapter also talks about the process for a woman who has given birth to become clean again after the birth of her son (seven days plus 33 days) or her daughter (14 days plus 66 days).  Exactly double the time to become clean and purified after birth for a daughter compared to a son. After waiting the appropriate length of time, she was to deliver an offering.

She shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting a lamb a year old for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering”.  Giving birth is a pretty big deal, and it took time and a sacrificial offering to restore a woman to cleanness “from the flow of her blood”.  We see over and over in scripture the sacredness of blood and the importance of how it is handled, whether in sacrifice, forgiveness or cleansing.  Blood is the very source of life and must be treated with respect.

Some may say this doesn’t seem fair – the woman is treated differently than the man at the birth of a child.  It is an outcome of the time this was written, and also demonstrates the differences between God’s creation of man and woman.  We are all created in His image but we are not equal in all ways.  God designed us, male and female He created us, and has created us uniquely and with His design in mind.  The world today is trying to make us all equal and the same, but in fact, that is not God’s intent at all.

Far too much is being done by society today to attempt to take some of the manliness out of young men.  There is a focus on ‘feelings’ and ‘emotion’ which are not bad in and of themselves, but the concept that men should act the same way as women is ludicrous.  It is not God’s design.  We are not created the same, nor should we act that way.  TV and movies and every other facet of society is attempting to remove the differences between the sexes when in fact God designed us differently.  We are His, created in His image, and that does not mean equal or the same.

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