Purification after giving birth.
Note: Many people find it morally objectionable that a religion requires the killing of innocent animals.
VERSE 1. The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
VERSE 2. “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘If a woman conceives, and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her monthly period she shall be unclean.
she shall be unclean seven days. If a woman gives birth to a BOY, her uncleanness only lasts seven days.
However, if she gives birth to a GIRL, the woman’s uncleanness lasts twice as long, as we see in verse 5 below.
Is a boy half as unclean as a girl?
VERSE 3. In the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
VERSE 4. She shall continue in the blood of purification thirty-three days. She shall not touch any holy thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed.
VERSE 5. But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her period; and she shall continue in the blood of purification sixty-six days.
she shall be unclean two weeks. If a woman gives birth to a GIRL, her uncleanness lasts two weeks.
However, if she gives birth to a BOY, the woman’s uncleanness is only half as long, as we see in verse 2 above.
Is a girl twice as unclean as a boy?
VERSE 6. “ ‘When the days of her purification are completed for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the door of the Tent of Meeting, a year old lamb for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove, for a sin offering.
VERSE 7. He shall offer it before the LORD, and make atonement for her; then she shall be cleansed from the fountain of her blood. “ ‘This is the law for her who bears, whether a male or a female.
cleansed from the fountain of her blood. We wonder if all this talk about uncleanness and the like had an ulterior motive.
Maybe it was to give the woman a break.
This chapter gives her a week (or two) to recover from giving birth. Her break does not end until the ritual sacrifice is completed.
The ritual can be seen as a sort of official transition back into normal life.
VERSE 8. If she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons: the one for a burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering. The priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.’ ”
If she cannot afford a lamb. This is a provision for poor people.
Mary and Joseph must have been poor. When they went to the Temple, she offered birds, and not a lamb:
Luke 2:24. and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
One of the birds she offered were a holocaust (praise) offering. The other bird was a sin offering.
Mary couldn’t afford to pay the price of a lamb. But a day would arrive, roughly three decades later, when she would indeed consent to the sacrifice of a lamb as a sin offering: her Son, the Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sins of the world.
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