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PostSubject: Two Questions to Ponder   Tue Nov 08, 2011 6:30 am

In the old testament we read:

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2
“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. 3 On the eighth day the boy is to be circumcised. 4
Then the woman must wait thirty-three days to be purified from her
bleeding. She must not touch anything sacred or go to the sanctuary
until the days of her purification are over. 5
If she gives birth to a daughter, for two weeks the woman will be
unclean, as during her period. Then she must wait sixty-six days to be
purified from her bleeding. (Leviticus 12:1-5) NIV

Two questions to consider:

Why do you suppose women were considered unclean or impure during their monthly cycle or when they bled after childbirth?

Why were women to wait a longer period of time before purification was complete after giving birth to a girl?

What do you think?

I think I have a some interesting answers to these two questions, but I would first like to see what you think.

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PostSubject: Re: Two Questions to Ponder   Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:25 am

Several answers leap to mind when reading the question and the words of Jesus. I'm voting for Jesus telling them that as a form of birth control.

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PostSubject: Re: Two Questions to Ponder   Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:55 am

Hey, that's a great prospect for one of the answers to these questions. I didn't even think of that one.

I believe that when the Lord does something, often there is more than one reason for doing it. He's a complicated God, so there are probably a number of reasons He required these practices for women.

Some of the reasons women were quarantined during menstruation may have been for basic sanitation to keep disease from spreading, for the rest and health of the women, and to keep the people aware of the sanctity of blood. The shedding of Jesus' blood would become the keys to the Kingdom in the future.

Can you imagine being a women back then? It was tough work. They couldn't go to their local grocery store and buy ready made meals, they didn't have cloths washers and dryers, nor could they go to the store and buy cloths or bedding for their family. They even had to prepared the ink to dye their clothing with. Their list of chores was endless. I would love to be able to go to the local quarantine shelter for a week every month, hang out with my girlfriends, chat, rest, and eat all the chocolate I could get my hands on. I can just imagine the women back then shout, "Yahoo!" whenever they discovered their cycle had come around again.

The second question may give us a clue to just how much our Lord loves us. The differences in times that the women were to be secluded shows that His aim wasn't to say women were bad for some reason, as some people are tempted to think.

I believe the time was shorter for boys not because girls were somehow less than boys, but it was for the benefit of the fathers. The birth of a boy meant that he would have an heir, someone to help him with his work, and the family name would carry on. Therefore, I think the Lord, in his loving grace, allowed the time to be shorter so that the fathers could celebrate the birth of their son. The time may have been longer for a woman after the birth of a girl for the mother's sake. She would have longer to rest and dote on her new little girl with all of the other women in her community.

These are just some thoughts I had concerning these verses. They are by no means an attempt to assume what the Father really had in mind. But, when I think of the Lord as a loving God, I'd like to imagine He may have had something like this in mind.

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PostSubject: Re: Two Questions to Ponder   Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:13 am

You're certainly right about God being complicated and some other things as well. Maybe we today do not put into as much loving consideration as God did for motherhood back then

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PostSubject: Re: Two Questions to Ponder   Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:28 am

I would definitely agree to that. Some women will leave work one day, pop out a baby, and be back to work the next day. Not that I condemn them for that. Today, some women have to keep working to keep their families going. But, it sure would be nice if every woman had the opportunity to enjoy child birth as much as they did in the old testament.

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PostSubject: Re: Two Questions to Ponder   Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:38 am

Amen to keeping the family going. I hope every mother enjoys her children regardless of sex. I think God meant for us to have some time to bond before the cruel world interfered.

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PostSubject: Re: Two Questions to Ponder   Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:55 am

Amen to that!

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PostSubject: Re: Two Questions to Ponder   Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:25 pm

Nowadays, they have remedies so super-absorbent and effective that a woman may still swim in a bikini bottom in a pool but alas with some unusual consequences.
Strange timing of this subject matter, currently experiencing the effects at home...(brutal) but I love her!!

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