Leviticus 12:1-8 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, ‘If a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days. As at the time of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. Then she shall continue for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying. She shall not touch anything holy, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed. But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her menstruation. And she shall continue in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days. “‘And when the days of her purifying are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting a lamb a year old for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering, and he shall offer it before the LORD and make atonement for her. Then she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, either male or female. And if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for a burnt offering and the other for a sin offering. And the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.'”

A bizarre piece of the law is upon us and like you, it left me wondering why God would be so biased against women and especially so regarding female babies?

Like many important aspects of life covered by the Bible, this is a law that certainly caused many to question God’s partiality and it became an easy target for non-Christians to attack or point fault at God’s word.

To start with, we need to first understand this uncleanness. This uncleanness is not in the physical nature of women, rather it is their spiritual nature.

It is a state of spiritual impurity that is tied in with a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle and it signifies her descent from a peak level of holiness, when she had the ability to conceive a precious new life through her union with her husband.

This state of impurity is not to be confused with sinfulness or inferiority. On the contrary, it emphasizes, in particular, the great level of holiness inherent in woman’s God gifted ability to create and nurture a new life within her body, and the great holiness of a husband and wife’s union, in general.

Since a woman possesses this lofty potential, she, also bears the possibility of its void; hence her status as ritually impure.

Since she experienced “the touch of death,” so to speak, with the loss of potential life, as reflected by her menstruation, she enters this status of “impure.”

The next aspect of the law is that it defines women as impure for twice as long when they conceive a girl child versus a boy child. Again, the natural question is why?

Since the female child inherently carries a higher degree of holiness, due to her own biological, life creating ability, a greater void remains after her birth.

Thus, the longer period of spiritual impurity after a baby girl’s birth reflects her greater capacity for holiness (due to her creative powers) and necessitates the longer wait to remove this ritual impurity.

We therefore can see that what we assumed as a gender bias is in fact just a misunderstanding and that in reality, God valued women much more because of their ability to birth new life.

After Jesus was born, Mary brought Him down to Jerusalem to present Him before the Lord to fulfill the Law of Moses and offered two young pigeons as sacrifice (Luke 2:22-24).

It is through the willing death and sacrifice of Jesus’ own life that we today are freed from the binding laws that were impossible for us to live up to.

Christ gave us as believers in Him the permanent pardon from sin should we accept His sacrifice and beg His pardon for our lives lived in vain. He provided for you and me, as men and women, a permanent access back to His Heavenly Father and all we need to do is ask.

Paul clarifies Jesus’ impartiality in Galatians 3:28 where he writes, ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’

In His Loving Service,

If you would like to know about Jesus, then please click here.

To understand it better, I researched some notes by Jewish scholars and found interesting information here.

  1. Debbie says:

    Vineet, I am so blessed that you would tackle this. I didn’t think of this nor have I been taught it before, so thank you! It CAN look pretty dismal for women on first glance, but that is not His heart . . .iit’s seeing us all as one in Christ. God bless you and your desire for Him.

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