Today is July 9th. Hi! Thank you for joining in today, I am glad you are here. This morning we will be going through Leviticus chapter 12. It talks about childbirth, and the laws surrounding it. What a joy to be alive! I hope you are embraced and consumed with the love of your Heavenly Father this morning. You are not equivalent to the cultural standard of what success is. You do not have to prove yourself to anyone. You are not the half-lies being whispered (or maybe shouted) in your ear. You are enough. You have all you need and could ever ask for in the Lord. You are saved by grace through faith. It is not by your works, but the gift of God (ephesians 2). You are forgiven and free, a child of God, and safe in his righteous right hand. I hope and pray those words resonate truth with you. Take a deep breath, lift your head, and count it all joy! Soli Deo Gloria -Evan

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.

CONNECT

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 12 ]
1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days. As at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. 3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 Then she shall continue for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying. She shall not touch anything holy, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. 5 But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation. And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days. 6 “And when the days of her purifying are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting a lamb a year old for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering, 7 and he shall offer it before the LORD and make atonement for her. Then she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, either male or female. 8 And if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.”
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How long would a mom have to wait before circumcising her son (v3)
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What does a mother do after they days of her purifying are complete (v6)
_ What provision is made if the family cannot afford a lamb (v8)

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. 12:1–8 A woman who has just given birth is considered unclean because of loss of blood. Three steps are required to become clean again. The time of purification for the mother is twice as long if she gave birth to a female. This may have been because the female is potentially more unclean because of the probability of her menstruating and giving birth. Whatever the reason, this law in no way suggests that women are inferior to men.

_ Lev. 12:8 lamb . . . two turtledoves. Compare 5:11; and Luke 2:24, indicating the poverty of Jesus’ parents.