Clean for the Unseen

Really? Seriously? Leviticus 12 is on the level? The physical discharge after the birth of a child prevented a woman from entering the holy place and required a period of purification followed by ritual sacrifice to restore full participation in the sanctuary? The first two verses in this chapter read: The LORD said to Moses; “Say to the Israelites: ‘A woman who becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son will be ceremonially unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly period.’ In today’s taste of Torah, I want to briefly touch on what was going on then, and how an understanding of that can help us more deeply understand and appreciate the necessity of our future transformation.

In the days of the Mosaic Covenant, there were two different situations which caused uncleanness: moral transgression and ceremonial defilement. Moral transgressions caused spiritual defilement (moral uncleanness). However ceremonial defilement (ritual uncleanness) did not necessarily mean that the defiled person had sinned. Some practices that resulted in ceremonial uncleanness were not morally wrong in themselves, such as childbearing. So we shouldn’t automatically think “sinful” whenever we see the word “unclean” in the biblical text. “Unclean” in this context does not mean “sinful” but “impure.” And impurity restricted an Israelite from participating in corporate worship at the tabernacle. So when people moved from their sphere and into the LORD’s presence, there had to be a purifying process. In essence, that’s what’s going in Leviticus 12.

Now from Hebrews 8 we know that Israel’s temple was an earthly shadow of the heavenly sanctuary that Yeshua entered into on our behalf, to make atonement for us, to intercede for us, and to prepare a place for us. This means that the only temple in the New Covenant that requires purification to enter into is Heaven. But with a physical body that’s destined to die we’re denied access to Heaven. In the spiritual realm, perfection can’t hang with imperfection without compromising its own perfection! Post-fall corruption and eternal glory are like oil and water, they just don’t mix. In our present state we’re simply unable to be where God rules over everyone and everything.

So the imperfection and mortality of man is totally incompatible with the perfection and immortality of God. But when we put on our new resurrection clothes at the moment of death or the rapture – we’re getting rid of everything that’s subject to decay and replacing it with an outfit that never deteriorates. We’re discarding everything that is subject to death in exchange for garments that never perish. Eyeball to eyeball intimacy with the risen glorified Messiah demands a holy makeover, a complete overhaul of one’s spiritual wardrobe. And so praise God that one day soon the culmination of our regeneration will be transformation!  And we will be clean for what is presently unseen.


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