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The subject matter of this chapter is quite mature, and it is here for us to learn by. If a younger person is reading it, be prepared to do some explaining of terms. This chapter is dealing with body secretions. So this chapter is dealing with another part of the health laws.
Leviticus 15:1 "And the Lord spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying,"
Leviticus 15:2 "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean."
This verse is directed to the male [man=ish in the Hebrew] gender being addressed specifically. This first "issue" in this verse is the Hebrew word, "zuwb" "#2100; "Zuwb, zoob; a prime root; to flow freely (as water), to have a sexual flux (flow), Fig. to waste away; overflow." This is talking about fluids flowing from a man.
However the second "issue" spoken of in this verse is different, in the Hebrew text it is "zowb", #2101; "Zowb, zobe; same as 2100, only a seminal or menstrual flux." In this form of "issue" it is talking about fluids flowing from a woman.
The actual subject of this verse is a little misleading, but many scholars believe that it is talking about a diseased flowing of seed, or a flowing from an organ dealing with the sex organs. However from the Hebrew text there is only one way that these words can be used, and in the first use, it is the semen flux (flow) from a male, the second issue in the verse is a menstrual flux (flow) discharge from a woman.
Leviticus 15:3 "And this shall be his uncleanness in his issue: whether his flesh run with his issue, or his flesh be stopped from his issue, it is his uncleanness."
This "uncleanness" in the Hebrew text is "tum`ah". #2932, "tum`ah, toom-ah; from 2930; religious impurity, filthiness, unclean." So this would be a religious impurity; and by the word "stopped" or "closed" from the Hebrew; and it means that it is his uncleanness, whether he is able to control this flow temporary by stopping or closing the flow.
Leviticus 15:4 "Every bed, whereon he lieth that hath the issue, is unclean: and every thing, whereon he sitteth, shall be unclean."
So this is talking about the flow of sexual fluids touching the bed, or clothes, or what every it touches, those items are considered unclean. In other words, what ever the person, male or female sits on is defiled, and needs to be cleaned.
Leviticus 15:5 "And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even."
If any person comes in contact with these body fluids, they must cleanse themselves, for they are considered defiled, or contaminated by the substance.
Leviticus 15:7 "And he that toucheth the flesh of him that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even."
If a person sits on a chair where one of these unclean persons has sat, then that person must wash his cloths, and until he has had his bath in the evening, he or she will also be unclean.
Leviticus 15:8 "And if he that hath the issue spit upon him that is clean; then he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even."
If a man or woman that has the issue of body fluids spit on a person that is clean, then it is necessary to clean both the clothes and the body. To spit on a person is a way that people have to show contempt for another person.
Leviticus 15:9 "And what saddle soever he rideth upon that hath the issue shall be unclean."
"Saddle", as used here is a chariot, something that you sit on for transportation. That seat of the cart, or car in modern day terms, will be considered unclean, until it is cleaned.
Leviticus 15:10 "And whosoever toucheth any thing that was under him shall be unclean until the even: and he that beareth any of those things shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even."
Any one that touches or carries any thing that this person with this fluid on, is also unclean until the item and the individual is bathed and his or her clothes washed.
Leviticus 15:11 "And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even."
This deals with washing your hands when you come in contact with these items. Just good common sense; Wash your hands.
Leviticus 15:12 "And the vessel of earth, that he toucheth which hath the issue, shall be broken; and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water."
This is the same as when the earthen vessel came in contact with the blood of an offering, or touched by one of the swarming animals that came in contact with it. This earthen vessel was to be broken and destroyed and never used again. Well, this goes the same for the person with this problem with the flow of body fluids; that earthen vessel must be destroyed and not used again.
Leviticus 15:13 "And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean."
When that person that has had the "issue" and is now clean of those fluids, then he shall be separated from the other for seven days; a seven day waiting period. The washing of clothes and bathing can not be done in stagnate water, but a flowing water.
Leviticus 15:14 "And on the eighth day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, and come before the Lord unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them unto the priest:"
Then on the eight day after the cleansing, the person must take two young pigeons or two turtledoves to the priest, and the priest will prepare one of the birds for a sin offering (the Chattah offering), and the other for a burnt offering (the Olah).
Leviticus 15:15 "And the priest shall offer them, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord for his issue."
The next two verses deal with the involuntary emission of seed (seaman).
Leviticus 15:16 "And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even."
This is talking about the male only. This "unclean" is different than we talked about early in this chapter. It is "tame' ", # 2930; "tame', taw-may'; a prime root; [and it is the same used in the case of the man that had leprosy] to be foul especially in ceremonial or moral sense, contaminated; defiled (self), polluted (self), unclean, utterly." Remember from the leprosy chapter, the person that was known as a leper, had to go around covered and speaking aloud "tame" "tame"; "unclean", "unclean".
Leviticus 15:17 "And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of copulation, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even."
Every garment of clothe and leather that came in contact with this issue must be washed and cleaned, and be considered unclean until the evening.
Leviticus 15:18 "The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even."
This verse or law of Leviticus, deals with the order for a man to stay away and not have intercourse just prior to the time the woman was to have her menstrual cycle.
Leviticus 15:19 "And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even."
When the menstrual cycle of a woman starts, she is to be put apart in her separation for seven days. This was discussed in Leviticus 12:3-8, those verses dealing with the time for a woman just after child birth. There it is talks about the "days of separation" which this verse is discussing.
Leviticus 15:20 "And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean."
This course of action for the "unclean" is the same as the "running issue" in the male. Anything that comes in contact with this woman's fluids becomes unclean.
Leviticus 15:21 "And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even."
Leviticus 15:22 "And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even."
Leviticus 15:23 "And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even."
All these are the same as it was for the male issue.
Leviticus 15:24 "And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean."
The "flowers" of a woman, in the Hebrew text is "niddah", # 5079; "Niddah, nid-daw' ; rejection, by implying impurity, especially personal (menstruation), or moral (idolatry, incest).-set apart..." If you lie with a woman that is in her separation period, it is considered an accursed crime, by God. However the only way that this verse could be explained, is that the man is having intercourse when the woman is starting her cycle, and he comes in contact with the fluids, he would be unclean for seven days.
Leviticus 15:25 "And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days out of the time of her separation, or if it run beyond the time of her separation; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness shall be as the days of her separation: She shall be unclean."
Now in verse twenty five we get into the disease issue from females. If a woman is having her blood flow outside of her menstrual cycle, or if the cycle goes beyond that time that is normal for her; then she is to be treated just as she is in her days of separation.
Leviticus 15:26 "Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as a bed of her separation: and whatsoever she sitteth upon shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her separation."
Leviticus 15:27 "And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even."
This time of purification for the woman is the same as it is for the man in verses 13 through 15.
Leviticus 15:28 "But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean."
Then at the time that she is over her "issue" or cycle period, she shall take the seven day of separation, and after she has had the seven day, she is clean.
Leviticus 15:29 "And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation."
This time of offerings is the same as it was for the man, as was recorded in verses 14 and 15 of this chapter. The word turtles, should read "turtledoves"; the birds, not the crawling things.
Leviticus 15:30 "And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for her before the Lord for the issue of her uncleanness."
Leviticus 15:31 "Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile My tabernacle that is among them."
During this time of travel, while the children of Israel are on their journey back to the promise land, He wanted them clean so that the people would not defile the tabernacle of God. To continue in uncleanness when it was known, was outright disobeying God's instruction to you. It would be a form of rebellion against God.
Leviticus 15:32 "This is the law of him that hath an issue, and of him whose seed goeth from him, and is defiled therewith;"
Leviticus 15:33 "And of her that is sick of her flowers, and of him that hath an issue, of the man, and of the woman, and of him that lieth with her that is unclean.' "
"Lieth" as used here is different than the word used in verse 24; for it refers to a husband that would lie on the same bed as his wife, when she is in her menstrual cycle. However the point that is brought forth in this chapter is that when you see and know that something is wrong with your bodily functions, it is necessary to tend to those problems immediately; as well as taking preventive measures so that future problems don't come up because of them. It is a matter of the person's health and well being, and becoming clean after the problem is over. Not to tend to the health of your body is seen as a rebellion against God.