Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wednesday, April 8th: Leviticus 11-12, Hebrews 10:-18

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Leviticus 11-12; Hebrews 10:1-18

Leviticus 11 deals with clean and unclean animals.  I don't know why God chose some animals to be clean and some to be unclean, but I think that's the point.

Animals are clean or unclean because God says so.  Sin is sin because God says so.  We do not get to determine what is sin and what is not - that is for God alone.  He is holy and He is God, so what He says goes.  If my opinion differs from His, I am wrong, every single time.

Leviticus 12 deals with uncleanness due to childbirth.  Of course, the first question is why is there double the time for girl babies as there is for boy babies.  I read up on it a little bit and found a few opinions that make sense to me.

First, the whole point of being unclean due to childbirth is to remind us of the origin of sin - we are born into it.  We aren't sinners because we sin.   We sin because we are sinners, right from birth.   Here, the woman was symbolically responsible for bringing another sinner into the world.  And, when giving birth to a female, the woman gives birth to a sinner who will give birth to more sinners, hence the longer period of uncleanness.

Another theory is that it is a reminder of the fall of man, and the specific curse on the woman and childbirth.

One good thing about these periods of uncleanness is that it gave the new mother a time of rest and seclusion that would be welcomed.  In the case of a girl baby (which was likely a bit of a disappointment, simply due to the culture at the time) it gave more time to bond more deeply with the newborn girl.

The book of Hebrews ties in very well with the book of Leviticus.  Our passage today specifically speaks about the sacrificially system being needed year after year because it didn't take away sin, it pointed to Jesus who is the Perfect Sacrifice, and who is the only One who can make us clean.

This past Easter weekend we celebrated exactly that.

Jesus' job of being the perfect sacrifice is done! And He signified that it was done by sitting down at the right hand of God.

And when Jesus died, He dealt a deathblow to His enemies - over Satan and all the fallen angels, and over all who reject Him. Death is Satan's greatest weapon, and Jesus completely destroyed it.

It was a one time act, and it was the most magnificent masterpiece of all time.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Leviticus 13; Hebrews 10:19-39


Grade1Bedson said...

Interesting thoughts and ideas on the longer time allotted for a female child vs a male child.

I think one thing that stood out for me was that Jesus' own parents sacrificed 2 doves after the birth of Jesus. (Luke 2:24) They were the parents of God's son and yet they still followed the protocol outlined in Leviticus. I also thought that it was a good reminder that God didn't choose from among the privileged to be Jesus' earthly parents...they were so poor that they could not afford a lamb as a sacrifice.

Pamela said...

^oops that was me! (Catching up on during my prep at school!)

Conrad said...

And here I thought we had a new commenter ^^. :)

Sin is unclean. Plain and simple. What stood out for me was the verse in Leviticus 11:35. It talks about an unclean carcass falling or touching another item (in this case a range) and how it now is useless. In this case, the range is to broken into pieces and is no longer useful for anything.

It is the same for us. When we sin, we are unclean and not useful for God's purpose. Thankfully, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins so that one day we too can be with God at His throne!