Leviticus 15:25 (NIV)
25 "'When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.
When I think about Leviticus 15:25, my mind races to the Gospels where a woman who has been bleeding for many days - 12 years, in fact - approaches Jesus . Since she was bleeding, she was deemed by laws like Leviticus 15:25 to be unclean, which meant that anything she touched would be considered unclean and defiled. Thus no one wanted to touch her and she was probably hesitant to touch anyone -- for 12 years!
Yet this woman had unusual faith. (Sometimes desperate and unusual situations call for desperate and unusual faith.) She thinks to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." (Matthew 9:21) When she actually does touch Jesus, Jesus was not made unclean; rather, the woman was healed and restored! And rather than condemning this "unclean" woman for touching him and making him unclean, Jesus blessed her and told her to "go in peace" (Luke 8:48).
Thank You Jesus for being willing to let us touch you, even if it meant that according to the law our own uncleanness would make you unclean. Praise You Jesus that when we touch you, rather than us making you unclean, you make us clean!
Praise God! You and I are clean because of Jesus!
By the way, GAMErs, have you wondered why God would call natural functions like sex and menstrual cycles unclean in Leviticus 15? Click HERE for a short bonus teaching.
Title: Why would God call natural functions like sex and menstrual cycles unclean in Leviticus 15?
God made sex within the context of marriage to be a wonderful gift. Menstrual cycles are also of course a natural part of a woman's physiological system. So why does Leviticus 15 call both a man's emission of semen or a woman's menstrual discharge unclean?
Here's how Pastor Jon Courson of Applegate Christian Fellowship puts it:
"Because sporadic discharge is natural and right in the context of marriage, there is no need for a sin offering. But even the most natural and beautiful things are unclean because everything is polluted and tainted by sin. That is why Romans 8 says all of nature groans, waiting for the day of redemption (8:22). All of nature is in a fallen condition. And as wonderful as it is to watch the sun set into the ocean, to be in the mountains on a beautiful winter day, or to experience the love of husband or wife, even the most beautiful aspects of nature are not what they once were. When Adam sinned, all of nature crashed. And what we see around us, as beautiful as it may be, is not what it was before the Fall and not what it will be when Christ comes back and restores the earth." (from Jon Courson's Application Commentary Old Testament Volume 1.)
To what extent do these regulations in Leviticus apply to Christians today? We'll look to answer this question when we look at Leviticus 19 together.
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