Leviticus 15 - Study – “Laws Concerning Bodily Discharge” – (vv. 1-33)
The Law Concerning Bodily Discharges
15 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When any man has a discharge from his body, his discharge is unclean. 3 And this shall be his uncleanness regarding his discharge—whether his body runs with his discharge, or his body is stopped up by his discharge, it is his uncleanness. 4 Every bed is [a]unclean on which he who has the discharge lies, and everything on which he sits shall be unclean. 5 And whoever touches his bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 6 He who sits on anything on which he who has the discharge sat shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 7 And he who touches the body of him who has the discharge shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 8 If he who has the discharge spits on him who is clean, then he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 9 Any saddle on which he who has the discharge rides shall be unclean. 10 Whoever touches anything that was under him shall be unclean until evening. He who carries any of those things shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 11 And whomever the one who has the discharge touches, and has not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 12 The vessel of earth that he who has the discharge touches shall be broken, and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.
13 ‘And when he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in running water; then he shall be clean. 14 On the eighth day he shall take for himself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and come before the Lord, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and give them to the priest. 15 Then the priest shall offer them, the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering. So the priest shall make [b]atonement for him before the Lord because of his discharge.
16 ‘If any man has an emission of semen, then he shall wash all his body in water, and be unclean until evening. 17 And any garment and any leather on which there is semen, it shall be washed with water, and be unclean until evening. 18 Also, when a woman lies with a man, and there is an emission of semen, they shall bathe in water, and be unclean until evening.
19 ‘If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood, she shall be [c]set apart seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. 20 Everything that she lies on during her impurity shall be unclean; also, everything that she sits on shall be unclean. 21 Whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 22 And whoever touches anything that she sat on shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. 23 If anything is on her bed or on anything on which she sits, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until evening. 24 And if any man lies with her at all, so that her impurity is on him, he shall be [d]unclean seven days; and every bed on which he lies shall be unclean.
25 ‘If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her customary impurity, or if it runs beyond her usual time of impurity, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity. She shall be unclean. 26 Every bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her as the bed of her impurity; and whatever she sits on shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her impurity. 27 Whoever touches those things shall be unclean; he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.
28 ‘But if she is cleansed of her discharge, then she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean. 29 And on the eighth day she shall take for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and bring them to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 30 Then the priest shall offer the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, and the priest shall make atonement for her before the Lord for the discharge of her uncleanness.
31 ‘Thus you shall separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness when they defile My tabernacle that is among them. 32 This is the law for one who has a discharge, and for him who emits semen and is unclean thereby, 33 and for her who is indisposed because of her customary impurity, and for one who has a discharge, either man or woman, and for him who lies with her who is unclean.’”
Notes Leviticus 15 Study – (vv. 1-33)
15:13, 14, 28, 29: Cleansing from emissions seven days after the cessation of the discharge came with the washing with water … On the eight days, an offering was brought to the Lord … Here this is typifying of the washing of water in baptism and the offering of Christ – raised from the dead on the eighth day … In Christ, we have cleansing, and in Christ, the curse of death is overcome – it’s finished!!! On the eighth day, he trampled down death by death, upon those in the tombs bestowing life …
15:25-30: Considering this passage, think about the account of the woman with the issue of blood who, through unclean- but because of faith in Christ- dared to touch the Lord as He allowed it – (Mark 5:25-34) …
25 Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, 26 and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. 28 For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
29 Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the [a]affliction. 30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?”
31 But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”
32 And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came, and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”
Authority over life and death is in the hand of God alone – (Deuteronomy 32:39; 1Kingdoms 2:6) … Being in One Essence with the Father, Jesus has this authority – (John 5:21) … The healing of this woman demonstrates Christ’s power to both cleanse and heal … As we just read here in the OT, hemorrhage caused ceremonial defilement imposing religious and social restrictions, contact with blood was strictly prohibited – (Leviticus 15:25) … This suffering woman, is accounting herself unclean, nerveless approaches Jesus secretly and with great faith … Jesus brings her good cheer because of her faith – (Her faith was beautiful), and corrects her thinking, for neither could she hide her touch from Him, nor she is excluded from Him because of her illness, and lastly Jesus exhibits her faith to all, so that they might imitate her and her beautiful faith …
15:31: The tabernacle was the adobe of God … No impurity would be tolerated there … Similarly, we are cleansed of sin’s impurity by the blood of Christ to worship God in the heavenly holy of holies …