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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Leviticus Chapter 12



LEVITICUS 

CHAPTER 

12


1. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: 2. Speak to the people of Israel, saying: If a woman conceives and bears a male child, she shall be ceremonially unclean seven days; as at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean.

(Leviticus chapter 12 verses 1 to 2)


Due to the fact that I am not a woman I cannot reflect on this issue, however according to the following video clip throughout the years the blood that is present during the menstrual cycle is referred to as being toxic and this may be one of the main reasons that prohibited women from being present in the camp during this critical time of their lives and even considered as being unclean. I invite you all to refer to the following video clip:-




3. On the eighth  day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.

(Leviticus chapter 12 verse 3)


The first born child was to be circumcised in the flesh because this meant an offering and dedication to You my God.  I pray oh God that not only the first born males be dedicated to You, but that we all will be ready to consecrate our lives to You and be holy because You Yourself wanted us to be holy like You. I therefore invite you the reader to share with me this beautiful song which in itself is a prayer of consecration to You oh God.

Prayer of consecration to God


4. Her time of blood purification shall be thirty-three days; she shall not touch any holy thing, or come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification are completed.

(Leviticus chapter 12 verse 4)


Oh God You have all planned and accounted for up to every detail of our lives. Although women may be portrayed as being unclean and unholy during this period of their life, this is by no means discriminating against them. Due to the fact that this is a very uncomfortable and turbulent period of a woman's life You chose to have her secluded from entering the sanctuary. However this does not mean that You removed Your Holy Presence from women during this time. You love us all equally regardless of our gender, colour or race. Amen.


5. If she bears a female child, she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation; her time of blood purification shall be sixty-six days.

(Leviticus chapter 12 verse 5)


In order to place the importance or priority on the male child that was a symbol of You my God You may have ordered this rule which marks a discrepancy of a week in the time of blood purification between a male and a female offspring.


6.  When the days of her purification are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting a lamb in its first year for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering.

(Leviticus chapter 12 verse 6)


As is commonly known rules are there to be obeyed they bring order in a state of chaos and disorder. I thank You oh God for giving us such wise rules and counsel.


7. He shall offer it before the LORD, and make atonement on her behalf; then she shall be clean from her flow of blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, male or female. 8. If she cannot afford a sheep, she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement on her behalf, and she shall be clean.

(Leviticus chapter 12 verses 7 to 8)


As in the case of Your Mother Mary and her husband Joseph who were not rich in resources, they were eligible to offer the offering of turtle doves as an offering of atonement. Thank You oh God for making such provisions for both the well off and even for those who are not. I praise You that during our times confession of our sins is available for all who seek it regardless of one's financial situation.


I would like to end this chapter with the following prayer:-


Oh God my Father may we always seek to keep our souls in a state of purity, may we always desire to stay away from all sources both within and beyond anything that is of a hazard to our well being. Amen