Today's passage: Leviticus 15
- Today's chapter contains sensitive information concerning males and females. All of these “discharges” from the body pertain to the reproductive organs.
- It should be noted again, uncleanness does not mean sinful. God was not telling the people not to participate in these things or not to care for one another in the midst of them. He is simply giving instruction for cleansing and ensuring that people interacting with others (Husbands and wives or care-takers) have properly cleansed themselves. This could have also prevented the spread of infection.
- It is not a sin to have a “discharge” but it would have been sinful to carry on with the discharge (specifically and especially those from verses 2-15 and 25-30) without caring for the safety of others, even to bring potential sickness into the tabernacle where others would be present.
- This is another command to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
Questions to consider:
- In what ways do we still conduct ourselves in cleanliness in these areas with or without the law? Meaning, how do these laws just make practical sense given the lack of technologies and products available to the people at the time?
- What was the heart or the spirit of these laws? What or who was God looking out for in these commands?
- How does Galatians 5:14 help us see the underlying purpose of these sorts of laws?