It is Friday, July 12, 2019. This chapter focuses on human bodily discharges, not a pleasant subject for discussion in any circumstance!!! However, it's another example of the total uncleanness of humanity and the utter pureness of the Holy God of Israel. Once again, it shows the loving character of our Heavenly Father, who makes a way for us to be united with Him in relationship and fellowship. Chris Adomanis
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. See below for a helpful commentary on today’s reading.
VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect (Highs and Lows) and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ Leviticus 15:1-33 ]
15 The Lordsaid to Moses and Aaron,2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When any man has an unusual bodily discharge, such a discharge is unclean.3 Whether it continues flowing from his body or is blocked, it will make him unclean. This is how his discharge will bring about uncleanness:
4 “‘Any bed the man with a discharge lies on will be unclean, and anything he sits on will be unclean.5 Anyone who touches his bed must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.6 Whoever sits on anything that the man with a discharge sat on must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
7 “‘Whoever touches the man who has a discharge must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
8 “‘If the man with the discharge spits on anyone who is clean, they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
9 “‘Everything the man sits on when riding will be unclean,10 and whoever touches any of the things that were under him will be unclean till evening; whoever picks up those things must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
11 “‘Anyone the man with a discharge touches without rinsing his hands with water must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
12 “‘A clay pot that the man touches must be broken, and any wooden article is to be rinsed with water.
13 “‘When a man is cleansed from his discharge, he is to count off seven days for his ceremonial cleansing; he must wash his clothes and bathe himself with fresh water, and he will be clean.14 On the eighth day he must take two doves or two young pigeons and come before the Lordto the entrance to the tent of meeting and give them to the priest.15 The priest is to sacrifice them, the one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement before the Lordfor the man because of his discharge.
16 “‘When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean till evening.17 Any clothing or leather that has semen on it must be washed with water, and it will be unclean till evening.18 When a man has sexual relations with a woman and there is an emission of semen, both of them must bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
19 “‘When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening.
20 “‘Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean.21 Anyone who touches her bed will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.22 Anyone who touches anything she sits on will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.23 Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, they will be unclean till evening.
24 “‘If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days; any bed he lies on will be unclean.
25 “‘When a woman has a discharge of blood for many days at a time other than her monthly period or has a discharge that continues beyond her period, she will be unclean as long as she has the discharge, just as in the days of her period.26 Any bed she lies on while her discharge continues will be unclean, as is her bed during her monthly period, and anything she sits on will be unclean, as during her period.27 Anyone who touches them will be unclean; they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening.
28 “‘When she is cleansed from her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean.29 On the eighth day she must take two doves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the tent of meeting.30 The priest is to sacrifice one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering. In this way he will make atonement for her before the Lordfor the uncleanness of her discharge.
31 “‘You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.’”
32 These are the regulations for a man with a discharge, for anyone made unclean by an emission of semen,33 for a woman in her monthly period, for a man or a woman with a discharge, and for a man who has sexual relations with a woman who is ceremonially unclean.
_ Why would the natural loss of fluid/blood due to sexual intercourse or menstruation make somebody "unclean" in God's sight?
_ If you think about it, this chapter is a perfect word picture for fallen humanity. We "ooze" sinfulness in every aspect of our lives!!! It reminds me of Romans 7:18-24:
18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c]For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law;23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?
_ Our sin "problem" that keeps us out of relationshipwith the Holy God has been eradicated if we have placed our trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone for our salvation. However, we continually need to seek forgiveness and "washing" from the Lord as we wage war against the sin in our lives that hinders our fellowshipwith Him. Let's echo the words of Paul as he concludes Romans 7 with this statement:
25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!!!
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )
_ Lev. 15:1–33 These regulations about discharges from male and female reproductive organs emphasize the transmission of infection. No matter how it happens, the person infected is required to separate himself or herself and to undergo the purification ritual. “Unclean” is not the same as “sinful,” but rather has to do with what is permitted (compare note on 13:3). The Bible does not view the process of reproduction as evil; it is part of the original good creation. Certainly, however, the Creator of these functions has the right to tell his creatures how and when to use them.
_ Lev. 15:2 The word body in this verse refers to the genitals. The same word is used in v. 19 of the vagina.
_ Lev. 15:16–18 The emission of semen makes a man unclean, perhaps because, like blood, it is a source of life.
_ Lev. 15:19–23 A woman who is menstruating is unclean, and her uncleanness may be transmitted to others.
_ Lev. 15:24 If a man has sexual relations with a woman during her menstrual period, then he is considered unclean for seven days, the same as for the woman herself. This rule may seem to conflict with 18:19 and 20:18, in which both the man and the woman are cut off from Israel. Perhaps the present rule relates to a more casual sexual act, whereas the later rules relate to a deliberate breaking of the law.
_ Lev. 15:25–30 These laws address irregular or unnatural flows of blood from a female (compare Mark 5:25–34).
_ Lev. 15:31–33 defiling my tabernacle. Uncleanness in the Israelite camp constantly defiles the sanctuary. This is why it needs to be cleansed on the Day of Atonement (see 16:16).