Thoughts on today’s reading…
Leviticus 12 – Purification after Childbirth Amazing how this purification actually provided the new mom time away to recoup and rest from her daily housechores. Women were also required to bring a sacrifice to be declared ceremonially clean. This served as a reminder that we are born sinners.
There were also instructions to have boy’s circumcised. This was a rite given to Abraham for the people of Israel to have a special mark of the covenant. Warren Wiersbe says of this chapter “Some people equate infant baptism with circumcision…the true believer has experienced an inner spiritual circumcision of the heart and imparts new life (Gal.6:12-16; Phil. 3:1-3; Col.2:10-11). R.K. Harrison wisely states it, “The parallels of circumcision to infant baptism are too superficial and narrow to be entirely convincing or valid.” If you ever want to do an interesting study on church history–infant baptism in the early church and what different denominations believe is fascinating. You might even be surprised the number of believers who follow this tradition but don’t know the history or what it means. It was passed down from the Catholic church (the first infant baptisms took place in the 3rd century). BUT it is chapters like Leviticus 12 that many link infant baptism. A study on it is really enlightening if you ever want a topic of interest to study.
Just a quick briefer–Roman Catholicism practices infant baptism because they follow two sources of authority—the Bible and tradition (magisterium). So, if you ever wondered by Roman Catholics hold tightly to infant baptism although it isn’t in the Bible–this is why. I, on the other hand, am a bit of a Martin Luther girl and chant “scripture, scripture, scripture”. I became a believer later in life (my first year in college) and for me, my baptism was one of the most impactful things in my walk. And because scripture says to repent and be baptised, that’s just what I did. I want my children to have this same life-changing experience. I think it’s very important to understand every single detail of what you practice in your church, why you participate in some traditions and what it means. Understanding your faith deeply and what traditions you might choose to follow will either make it more meaningful, strengthen your faith or it may press your need to dig further into what YOU really believe. Communion for example, when you study it deeply, will bring you to a deeper understanding of what needs to take place before your come, the miracle of what happens while you are there and the power that you take from it. I encourage you to DIG in scripture and seek to understand ALL you can about His sovereign Word!
Levitcus 13 and 14 deals with diseases—God was concerned not only about their spiritual health, but also their physical health. HE IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN!!! He was wounded so we might be healed!!!