Leviticus 15 Outline
– Cleansing rite for a man that has discharge from the body (Leviticus 15:1-15)
– Cleansing rite for a man that has semen emission (Leviticus 15:16-18)
– Cleansing rite for a man that has period flow in a woman (Leviticus 15:19-32)
Leviticus 15 Summary
In Leviticus 15:1-15, if a man has a discharge, anything he lies on or touch or spit will be unclean. Even if the discharge has stopped, the man will still remain unclean. Anyone who touch the man who had a discharge must wash his clothes and bathe and he will be unclean until evening. If the man touch a clay pot, the clay pot must be broken. If the man touch a wooden article, the wooden article must be rinsed with water. The man is to count off 7 days for his ceremonial cleansing. He must wash his clothes and use fresh water to bathe himself in order to be clean. On the 8th day, he must take 2 doves or 2 young pigeons to the tent of the congregation, where the priest will sacrifice them. One bird will be used for sin offering while the other bird will be used for burnt offering.
In Leviticus 15:16-18, if the man has a semen emission, he must use water to bathe himself and he will remain unclean until evening. Any clothing or leather that touch the semen must be washed. If there is a semen emission, both the man and woman must take a bath and they will remain unclean until evening.
In Leviticus 15:19-32, if a woman has her period, she will be unclean for 7 days. Anything she lies on or sits on will be unclean. Anyone who touch anything she sits on or her bed must wash his clothes and bathe with water and he will be unclean until evening. If a man sleep with her and the period touch him, he will be unclean for 7 days. He must wash his clothes and bathe with water and remain unclean until evening. The woman will remain unclean in the days she has the discharge, even if it surpasses 7 days, which is the normal days for period flow. When the woman is cleansed from her discharge, she is to bring two young doves or two young pigeons. One bird will be used as sin offering while the other bird will be used as burnt offering. The bird is to be slaughtered at the entrance to the tent of the congregation.
Leviticus 15 Bible Study
1. Be holy for God
The whole point of the purification rite is to make the Israelites show respect for God, who is holy so that they will know how to keep themselves holy for God. In Leviticus 11:44 and 1 Peter 1:15-16, we must be holy because God is holy. In James 2:24, a person is also justified by works and not by faith alone. In Matthew 3:8, we should bear fruit of repentance. In James 2:18, faith has works so if you say you are a Christian, you must carry your cross every day and walk in his commandments. In Luke 13:3, unless we repent and confess our sins, we will all likewise perish.