Lev15-Bodily Discharges

Gives us a better understanding of an Old Testament event and a New Testament event. 

In Genesis 31:27-35, we understand how Rachel prevented her father Laban from discovering the idols she had stolen from him.

And we get an understanding of what life was like for the woman with the issue of blood, who was healed when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. And we find out what she would have needed to do after she was healed of her issue. (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:42b-48)

(Summarized) 

The Lord (to Moses and to Aaron): Speak to the children of Israel, and tell them:

When any man has an issue (discharge) out of his flesh, whether his body runs with his issue or his body is stopped up by his issue, he is unclean because of his issue.

• Every bed on which he lies is unclean

• Everything on which he sits shall be unclean.

• Whoever touches his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• Whoever sits on anything on which he sat shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• He that touches his body shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• If he spits on anyone; then that person shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• The saddle he rides on shall be unclean.

• Whoever touches anything that was under him shall be unclean until the evening:

• He that carries any of those things shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• Whomever he touches and has not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• The earthen vessel that he touches shall be broken.

• Every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.

When he that has an issue is cleansed of his issue:

• He shall number seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean.

• On the eighth day, he shall take two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, and come before the Lord to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them to the priest.

The priest shall offer them, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.

The priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord for his issue.

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If any man’s seed of copulation (semen) goes out from his body:

• He shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• Every garment, and every pelt, on which is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the evening.

• The woman with whom the man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the evening.

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If a woman has an issue, and her issue in her body is blood:

• She shall be put apart seven days: and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening.

• Everything that she lies on in her separation shall be unclean.

• Everything that she sits on shall be unclean.

• Whoever touches her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• Whoever touches anything that she sat on shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

• If her blood is on her bed, or on anything on which she sits, when he touches it, he shall be unclean until the evening.

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In Genesis 31 Laban was searching Jacob’s camp for the idols that were stolen from him. Jacob had said the person who took the idols would die. Jacob did not know that Rachel had taken the idols. Rachel had hidden the idols in the camel’s saddle and sat on it. Laban entered Rachel’s tent. Rachel said to her father Laban, “Do not be angry that I do not stand in your presence, for the way of women is upon me.” Rachel was saying that she was on her period.

According to Leviticus 15, Rachel was saying that she was unclean, that the camel’s saddle was unclean and that if Laban searched the camel’s saddle, he would have had to wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening. Since Laban did not want to become unclean, he did not search the camel’s saddle and he did not discover that Rachel had stolen his idols.

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If any man lies at all with a woman with an issue, and her issue is on him:

• He shall be unclean seven days; and

• All the bed on which he lies shall be unclean.

If a woman has an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: she shall be unclean.

• Every bed on which she lies all the days of her issue shall be to her as the bed of her separation

• whatever she sits on shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation

• whoever touches those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the evening.

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The woman in the gospel story had an issue of blood for twelve years before she was healed when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment. She had “suffered many things of many doctors and spent all that she had and was none better but grew worse.” The life she lived was that of an untouchable. She was unclean. Anyone who touched her was unclean. Anyone who touched what she touched was unclean. I’ve heard Bible teachers say that, like the leper, she would have to shout “unclean, unclean” everywhere she went. What did she have to do after she was healed? Continue to read in Leviticus 15.

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If she is cleansed of her issue:

She shall number seven days and after that she shall be clean.

On the eighth day, she shall take two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

The priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering.

The priest shall make an atonement for her before the Lord for the issue of her uncleanness.

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In this way, you shall separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they do not die in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.

This is the law of:

• him that has a discharge (man or woman)

• him whose seed goes from him and is defiled with it

• her that is sick with her monthly flow

• him that lies with a woman that is unclean