The sanitation laws continue. These have saved countless lives throughout history.
I like how matter-of-fact chapter 15 is. It’s not shaming, it’s just life. Women are going to menstruate, men are going to have seminal emissions, anyone can experience a discharge. This isn’t a choice, it isn’t a transgression, but it does make us unsanitary.
The LORD makes a way for us to become clean again. He restores us. This is the same with sin. There’s no exemption for the person who maybe happened to not sin during the Day of Atonement sacrifice, it’s just life. Sin is presupposed. Even Aaron has to go through several cleansing hoops before offering the sacrifice for others. God made a way.
So why, after being cleansed, do we hold on to shame? The LORD wants us to get back into the game, not mope on the sidelines, feeling disqualified.
The Day of Atonement was vital for Israel to co-exist with the LORD.
“This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the 10th day of the month, you shall humble your souls and do not work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among you; for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before the Lord.“ (16:29-30)
An annual reminder of humility.
- We need to be cleansed
- It can’t happen in our own power
- The LORD cleanses us.
Christians keep this tradition alive through Good Friday and Easter celebrations as well as taking part in the Lord’s Supper.
However, it must be kept alive in the way we daily live. Do I humble myself and recognize my need for redemption? Do I rely on the power of God for righteousness or do I think I can manage it on my own? Do I live in victory, knowing Christ has given me His righteousness and forgiveness of sins, or do I let myself be slowed down by lingering shame?
Let’s let impurity be impurity. Not more or less than it is.
“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)