Uncleanness

“A son is a son, till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life.” Irish Saying Quotes

There is no denying that the bond between a mother and a daughter is stronger than the bond between a mother and son. A woman needs her mother more deeply, from menstruation through menopause, to understand and cope with the changes in her body. The greatest changes occur during pregnancy and childbirth.

But, why was the time of uncleanness double for a daughter in Leviticus?

Leviticus 12:5, “If a woman gives birth to a daughter, she will be ceremonially unclean two weeks, just as she is unclean during her menstrual period. After waiting sixty-six days, she will be purified from the bleeding of childbirth.” New Living Translation

An explanation is found in the “Book of Jubilees,” which is an ancient Jewish religious work of 50 chapters.

Book of Jubilees, Chapter 2,

“8…In the first week was Adam created, and the rib – his wife: in the second week He showed her unto Him: and for this reason, the commandment was given to keep in their defilement,

9 for a male seven days, and for a female twice seven days. And after Adam had completed forty days in the land where he had been created, we brought him into the garden of Eden to till and keep it, but his wife they brought in on the eightieth day, and after this, she entered into the garden

10 of Eden. And for this reason the commandment is written on the heavenly tablets in regard to her that gives birth: if she bears a male, she shall remain in her uncleanness seven days according to the first week of days, and thirty and three days shall she remain in the blood of her purifying, and she shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor enter into the sanctuary, until she accomplishes these

11 days which (are enjoined) in the case of a male child. But in the case of a female child, she shall remain in her uncleanness two weeks of days, according to the first two weeks, and sixty-six days

12 in the blood of her purification, and they will be in all eighty days…”

I am grateful we no longer live under ancient Jewish law. Jesus sees us all as equal.

Galatians 3:28, “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” New Living Translation

Dear Father God,

Thank You for making us free. Thank You for giving me the same inheritance that You gave Christ. I am grateful my life is hidden with Christ in you.

Amen

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