February 22

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 11, 12, 13

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Highlights:  Some really interesting things from the Law of Moses in today’s reading.  Leviticus 11 deals with clean and unclean animals – what may or may not be eaten. Chapter 12 deals with the purification of women after giving birth and in chapter 13 we have laws regarding the priests role in diagnosing and quarantining leprosy.

The clean and unclean animal laws were probably designed to protect them from sickness. The leprosy laws were no doubt to keep the disease from spreading.  But would anyone like to explain (at the risk of alienating all your female friends) why when a woman gave birth to a daughter she was considered unclean twice as long as when she gave birth to a son?


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6 Responses to February 22

  1. Hayden

    In Leviticus 13:45-13:46 it says “The person with such an infectious disease must wear torn clothes, let his hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of his face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as he has the infection he remains unclean. He must live alone; he must live outside the camp.”
    It is sad how if they had an infectious disease they had to live alone.

    • Mary K

      Yes, that is very sad. But I’m wondering if by teaching the Israelites to separate themselves from the physically unclean, if there is an underlying message of the importance of God’s people protecting their spiritual cleanliness. During this time, they were still being taught the ways of God, what reverence for God is and the importance of recognizing and embracing what is holy. I can picture this ragged unshaven sore infested person as a really creepy analogy to what a sinful soul may look like warning others to stay away. What do you think?

  2. psmith

    I am not positive about the difference in “unclean time” after giving birth to boy vs. girls but I think the shorter time of uncleanliness after having a boy baby had to do with the circumcision. It made up for the it somehow. Am I on the right track?

  3. Mary K

    I have no idea why the unclean time for the birth of a boy was different from that of a girl. I’m thinking the circumcision aspect mentioned above is as good as any. Another speculative point might be since man was created first, this may be a reminding symbol of how everything began. But I can’t actually come up with any explanation that delivers an “aha” moment. Anyone else?

  4. Angela

    Would it have anything to do with women being the weeker and causing the first sin? In the old law children carried the sin of the parents did daughters carry Eve’s sin? Just a thought.

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