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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Leviticus Chapter 15

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1445-1444 BC)
Overview: A Handbook for the Priests and Levites (c 1-27)
Theme: Worshipping a Holy God (c 1-17)
Message: Purification After Bodily Discharges (v 1-33)

Leviticus 15 Commentary

(15:1-18) God's Plan for Sexuality -  The verses in this section are not implying that sex is dirty or disgusting. God created sex for (1) the enjoyment of married couples, (2) the continuation of the human race, and (3) the preservation of the covenant community. Everything must be seen and done with a view toward God's love and ultimate authority. Sex is not separate from spirituality or God's care. God is concerned about our sexual habits. He designed us as wonderfully complex and unified creations, and this includes our bodies and sexuality. We tend to try to separate our physical and spiritual lives, but they are inseparably intertwined. God must be Lord over our whole selves--including our private lives. In what ways do you acknowledge your relationship with God when it comes to your sexuality?

(15:32-33) Standards for Cleanliness - God is concerned about health. He upholds the dignity of the person, the dignity of the body, and the dignity of the sexual experience. His commands call the people to avoid unhealthy practices and promote healthy ones with practical instructions. Washing was a God-directed means to maintain physical health; acts of purification or cleansing were God-directed means to preserve spiritual dignity:. Millennia before the rise of the AIDS epidemic, God's directions already preserved people from known and unknown dangers. This shows God's high regard for sex and sexuality. In our day, sex has been degraded by shocking media exposure. It has become public domain, not private celebration. We are called to have a high regard for sex, both in good health and in purity. Our deepest form of gratitude to God for the gift of sex is expressed in how we use the gift.

 

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Clean in the Eye's of God

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Leviticus with Chapter 15 and in today's text we see the ceremonial cleansing for the purpose of purification. In making application we see that God knows all and sees everything when it comes to our lives. Again in this Chapter God is revealing more of His Character to us. God does remind us that we need to be clean and and makes a way for us to be clean through Christ. In making application we are reminded that we can not sin a sin that God does not see and purification of that sin, only comes through the blood that Jesus shed on Calvary. How about you? Do you see God wants us to be clean and being Clean only comes from Christ? Let us learn from today's text and be Clean in the Eyes of our Lord through the blood of Christ. 

 

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Leviticus 15

Leviticus 15

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying,

 2Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean.

 3And this shall be his uncleanness in his issue: whether his flesh run with his issue, or his flesh be stopped from his issue, it is his uncleanness.

 4Every bed, whereon he lieth that hath the issue, is unclean: and every thing, whereon he sitteth, shall be unclean.

 5And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 6And he that sitteth on any thing whereon he sat that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 7And he that toucheth the flesh of him that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 8And if he that hath the issue spit upon him that is clean; then he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 9And what saddle soever he rideth upon that hath the issue shall be unclean.

 10And whosoever toucheth any thing that was under him shall be unclean until the even: and he that beareth any of those things shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 11And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 12And the vessel of earth, that he toucheth which hath the issue, shall be broken: and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.

 13And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean.

 14And on the eighth day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them unto the priest:

 15And the priest shall offer them, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD for his issue.

 16And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.

 17And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even.

 18The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even.

 19And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.

 20And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean.

 21And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 22And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 23And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even.

 24And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean.

 25And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean.

 26Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation.

 27And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.

 28But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.

 29And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

 30And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the LORD for the issue of her uncleanness.

 31Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.

 32This is the law of him that hath an issue, and of him whose seed goeth from him, and is defiled therewith;

 33And of her that is sick of her flowers, and of him that hath an issue, of the man, and of the woman, and of him that lieth with her that is unclean.