8/27/2012 8:52:25 AM
Some of the Old Testament ceremonial practices seem very strange to us. Perhaps this one might seem sexist at first glance. But go back again to the reason for all of the clean / unclean laws. One principle that is constant is that contact with blood makes a person unclean. This means that women in menstruation had to go though a purification rite afterwards and were isolated to and extent during menstruation. There are again ceremonial and practical benefits intended. It is one more reminder that we are all unclean, and sinful even from birth. Our society connects the notion of innocence to birth and young children. But in reality, we all inherit a sinful condition from Adam and Eve. This ceremonial law helped the Israelites to understand and remember this truth. As far as practical value, this was one more way that God helped the Israelites live in sanitary conditions and protect against blood born disease.
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