The Woman’s Purification After Childbirth

Women contract tumah (ritual contamination) through childbirth.  The time period of the woman’s purification after childbirth differs and is based on the sex of the child as explained in Leviticus 12:1-8:

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘If a woman has conceived, and borne a male child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of her customary impurity she shall be unclean. 3 And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 She shall then continue in the blood of her purification thirty-three days. She shall not touch any hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary until the days of her purification are fulfilled. 5 ‘But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her customary impurity, and she shall continue in the blood of her purification sixty-six days. 6 ‘When the days of her purification are fulfilled, whether for a son or a daughter, she shall bring to the priest a lamb of the first year as a burnt offering, and a young pigeon or a turtledove as a sin offering, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 7 Then he shall offer it before the Lord, and make atonement for her. And she shall be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who has borne a male or a female. 8 ‘And if she is not able to bring a lamb, then she may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons — one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.’”

Mary obeyed this command after Jesus was born in Luke 2:21-25:  “And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.  Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”“ 

Here we see that Jesus was named on the day of His circumcision but they did not offer sacrifices until the days of Mary’s impurity were completed.  This was to fulfill the commandment of God.  At this time, Simeon saw and blessed Jesus in addition to saying Jesus was the Lord’s salvation, the glory of the people of Israel, and a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles.  The prophetess, Anna also saw Jesus, thanked the Lord, and talked about Jesus to those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem.

There’s still more for us to learn about the time of ritual contamination after childbirth.  Let’s see what else can be revealed by comparing the command for women who give birth to a male child to the law of the Nazirite vow and to parts of Jesus’ life since all three have the common theme of “separation.”

Leviticus 12 explains that women who gives birth to a male child shall be contaminated for 7 days as in her days of menstruation (niddah = separation from marital relations and sacred things).  Circumcision on the 8th day pictures the putting to death of the fleshly nature in order to be made clean.  The number eight is the number for new beginnings—being born again.  The new mother must be in blood of her purification for 33 days. This is basically a ceremonial purification from the blood of birth, life, and death.  During that time, she may not touch anything sacred and she’s unclean until time of purification is complete.  After the 33 days are complete, she must bring a sin offering and a whole burnt offering.  The sin-offering can be a young pigeon or a turtledove and the whole burnt offering can be a lamb or a young pigeon or a turtledove.  After that the woman can now be with her husband and enter the Tabernacle/Temple.

In general, a woman’s consecration is defiled by birth or menstruation.  Birth is a picture of death in one world (the womb) in order to be given life in new world outside the womb.  Menstruation is the result of the lost opportunity for life—defaulting in death.

Numbers 6:2-10 is the passage concerning the Nazirite.  If someone next to the Nazirite (who can be a man or woman) dies very suddenly, so that he defiles his consecrated head, then he is to shave his head on the day of his purification; he is to shave his hair off on the seventh day.  Since the Nazirite is as bald as a newborn baby, this represents a new birth.  On the 8th day he is to bring:

  • Two doves or two young pigeons – (a sin offering and a burnt offering).
  • A lamb in its first year as a guilt offering. The previous days will not be counted, because his consecration became defiled.

The Nazirite is made clean.  As long as a man or a woman consecrates himself to the Lord as a Nazirite he is to eat or drink nothing derived from the grapevine.  This is basically a ceremonial purification from the blood of grapes.  The Nazirite is not to shave his head or approach a corpse because his consecration to God is on his head.  He is to be holy for the Lord.  Once the time of his consecration is complete, he must bring the following sacrifices:

  • Sin offering:  female lamb.
  • Burnt offering:  male lamb.
  • Peace offering & grain offering is waved.
  • Drink offering.
  • Hair burned under peace offering.

Once this is done, the Nazirite is purified or clean and he may now drink wine.

Jesus experienced separation from His heavenly Father while He was on earth and was defiled as a sin offering at death.  While He is now in heaven, He is experiencing separation (time of consecration) from His bride while in heaven.  Even now, the wicked are being cut off from their people and the righteous (Christ’s bride) are putting their fleshly nature to death (circumcision of the heart).  The righteous are being purified from their uncleanness and being made holy unto the Lord.  The consecrated are offered to God as various kinds of living offerings since Jesus’ blood has made atonement for them.

In Matthew 26:29, Jesus said, “I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”   This is essentially the vow of a Nazirite.

The Nazirite represents Jesus, the bridegroom of all true Christians.  While Jesus was with His disciples, they enjoyed a time of personal fellowship and teaching with one another that God did not have with His people during previous times.  Before Jesus left to return to His Father in heaven, He took the vow of a Nazirite by saying He would not drink of the fruit of the vine until He drank it with them in His Father’s kingdom.  This vow represents Jesus’ separation from His bride who is still physically separated from Him on earth.  It is also how someone from another tribe can attain a similar level of consecration as that of the Levitical High Priest.  

The number of days for the purification for a male child is 33.  Thirty three is a product of three and eleven.  The number three represents that which is complete or resurrection and eleven represents the end of something such as the end of the age.  In Jesus case, He passed from death to life in three days and is alive forever.  When the Father says it is the time of the end, Jesus will return for His bride.

The woman in our passage who gives birth to a male child represents the bride of Christ.  The bride of Christ is now experiencing her time of separation from Jesus who is the bridegroom.  While the bride is waiting for Christ to return, she is being sanctified. 

The number of days for the purification of a female child is 66.  Sixty six is a product of six and eleven or three, two, and eleven.  Six is the number of imperfect man or the flesh.  The number two is the number for judging and separating.  As we said before, three represents that which is complete or resurrection and eleven represents the end of the age.  Mankind must choose to put to death the flesh in this life.  Eventually, mankind will be resurrected, judged, and separated at the end of the age.

Every time a believing woman gives birth to a child or experiences the pain associated with her monthly period, she should remain separate from her husband according to God’s commandments.  She should use that time to reflect and remember that she is still physically separated from her bridegroom, Jesus Christ.  Just as a woman experiences joy when the pain of childbirth and menstruation is over and when her time of separation from her husband is past she should remember that the pain of being separated from Jesus will soon be over too and that one day she will experience the joy of being with Him face to face.

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Revisiting the Ten Commandments in Leviticus

Leviticus 19 has several similarities with the Ten Commandments.  Some commands concern worshiping God and others concern our relationship with those around us.

As chapter 19 begins, we are reminded to be holy because God is holy, to keep the Sabbaths of the Lord, and to avoid idolatry.  This passage also tells us that peace offerings were to be offered in a manner in which they would be accepted.  This meant the peace offering had to be consumed within the first two days of offering it.  If any remained on the third day, it had to be burned up completely. 

The peace offering is a shadow of Jesus who was our peace offering.  Even though He was in the grave for three days and nights, His body did not decay but was raised up on the third day.  According to Revelation 20, those who are raised up in the second resurrection will be judged according to what they have done when they stand before the Lord and will never have peace with God.  Since their names will not be found in the book of life, they will be thrown in the lake of fire.

Leviticus 19:1-10 is primarily concerned with our relationship with God but a few of these commandments seem out of place.  Those few seem to only be commands for our relationships with certain people:

  • Mothers and fathers
  • The poor and the stranger

Can these two groups of people somehow be similar to our relationship with God?   I think so.  Parents are authority figures in the lives of their children.  If children can’t learn to obey and submit to their parents, they won’t be able to easily learn to obey and submit to God.  As children obey their parents, they are obeying God.

Matthew 25:37-40 also shows us a similar relationship between poor people, strangers, and God:  “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Based on this verse, it is obvious that the way we treat others is how we treat God.

Leviticus 19:11-17 deal mainly with man’s relationship with others:  “’You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. 12 And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 13 ‘You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God: I am the Lord. 15 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. 17 ‘You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”  

Wouldn’t it be amazing if people actually took these commandments into their hearts and started obeying them?  We would have a lot less evil in the world today and more peace and harmony.  Not treating one another as we’d like to be treated breeds the desire to retaliate and seek vengeance.  Hatred and evil ends up escalating instead of dissipating. 

Leviticus 19:23-25 says, “When you come into the land, and have planted all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as uncircumcised. Three years it shall be as uncircumcised to you. It shall not be eaten. 24 But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, a praise to the Lord. 25 And in the fifth year you may eat its fruit, that it may yield to you its increase: I am the Lord your God.”

We know from the end of Leviticus 18 that the previous inhabitants were being expelled from the land due to the abominations that they had committed and that the land was contaminated as a result of their abominations.  It’s interesting that the word “uncircumcised” is used to describe the condition of the fruit of new trees they would plant.   New trees are like newborn boys who needed to be circumcised.  Just as a certain amount of time (8 days) has to go by before the circumcision of a boy could be performed, the new fruit trees had to grow five years before their food could be removed and eaten. 

For new Christian believers, there is a time of gaining knowledge and maturity that must take place in order to adequately circumcise the heart.  Bad fruit such as sinful desires and actions must be put to death and the contaminating influence of the world around new believers must be cut off.  This is not always a pleasant experience.  Once the heart is circumcised and there are healthy and godly influences in the new believer’s life, good fruit is bound to spring forth.

Leviticus 19:26-29, 31 says, “You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor shall you practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard. 28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord. 29 ‘Do not prostitute your daughter, to cause her to be a harlot, lest the land fall into harlotry, and the land become full of wickedness.  31 ‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” 

 God has given us more prohibitions that are tied to demon worship or contact with the dead.  Dabbling in the occult always results in some degree of defilement whether we realize it or not.  It doesn’t matter if it is in the form of fantasy games, books, TV programs, praying to dead saints, witchcraft, pagan rituals, prostitution, or other things. 

In this day and age we are seeing more occultic input creeping into our lives than ever before.  We need to take the time to know God’s commandments concerning these things and teach our children not to get involved in these things.  We need to prevent our children’s teachers and friends from making these activities seem like normal fun topics to read about or participate in.  We need to be proactive in teaching our children to avoid the occult and to help them question things in their lives that may have occultic connections.  These things should not be exalted in our children’s lives because once occultic interests take hold, they are very difficult to remove.  Instead they often grow.

 We need to aggressively respond when we find out our children are being exposed to or have become involved in the occult.  We need to stop thinking that occultic influences are no big deal or aren’t that serious.  They are doorways that can open an entire family up for demonic attack.  We need to know how to properly respond to the forces of evil that are attacking our families today.  We must nurture our children toward salvation at an early age and keep them from backsliding.  We need to give them commands to say in the name of Jesus for times of need.  We can show them what kind of Scripture verses to read out loud if they are being harassed by the forces of darkness.  Sometimes it may be necessary to regularly anoint our children with oil in the name of Jesus in order to keep these spiritual pests away.  We should also show our children how to use praise music and prayer as weapons of warfare. 

 Some people may never face such intense spiritual battles with demons but I can assure you there are some people who are constantly and blatantly attacked with little relief because:

  • Parents don’t believe their children complaints or take them seriously.
  • Psychologists, psychiatrists, and medication can’t help demonic problems.
  • Most Christians don’t know what to do.
  • Many Christians don’t believe these are the kinds of things that should be done.
  • Christians give up.
  • Children don’t keep their parents informed of what they are going through. 

Those who are under such attack need prayer support and deliverance.  They don’t need condemnation by those who are ignorant of what they are truly facing.

 Leviticus 19:32-37 says, ‘You shall rise before the gray headed and honor the presence of an old man, and fear your God: I am the Lord.  33 ‘And if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him. 34 The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. 35 ‘You shall do no injustice in judgment, in measurement of length, weight, or volume. 36 You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. 37 ‘Therefore you shall observe all My statutes and all My judgments, and perform them: I am the Lord.’”

 We must treat the elderly with respect.  In doing so, we are respecting the Lord. These days in America we are seeing more foreigners in our midst than ever before.  They must not be taken advantage of, mistreated, or ridiculed but treated with kindness and respect as long as they are here.  However, foreigners should:

  • Be subject to all of the laws of our country because this is what God required.
  • Be punished for criminal or terrorist activity.  This makes sense because God commanded foreigners (strangers) to be subject to the same penalties of lawlessness as citizens of the land.

 As having lived overseas myself, I have been taken advantage of.  I’ve been the victim of false weights and measures.  I’ve been misled.  I’ve been the victim of attempted robbery while others looked on and encouraged it without warning me.  I’ve dealt with language barriers.  I’ve had to abide by the laws of the country I was in.  These were not always pleasant experiences and I’m grateful that God is concerned about the foreigner.  It makes me more sensitive to the foreigners in my midst.

The first time we read the Ten Commandments was in Exodus 20.  In Leviticus 19, the Ten Commandments were explained a little differently but still captured the need to worship only God and to treat others as we’d like to be treated.  In Deuteronomy 5:6-21, Moses once again repeated the Ten Commandments to the generation that would enter the Promised Land.  Even today, our generation must make it a point to know God’s commands and keep them. 

Forbidden Mixtures

Did you know God has a verse that deals with forbidden mixtures?

This only the first of many questions I’ll be asking you today.  First, let’s see the verse I’m referring to.

Leviticus 19:19 says, ‘You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you.

In addition to Leviticus 19:19, Deuteronomy 22:11 also informs us that a mixture of wool and linen is forbidden in clothing.  Have you ever wondered why?

These statutes (chuqqah = singular) seem really strange to us but that’s what statutes are.  They are commands that don’t make sense to us.  It’s quite possible the Israelites thought these statutes were bizarre as well; however, the Lord expected them to be obeyed and nothing has changed that.

What are these laws all about?  They are mysterious but I think the Bible gives us some good insight that may help us to understand them better.  These laws which were for life in the physical realm were most likely given to daily remind us of what we must do in our spiritual lives.

To understand the mysteries of these statutes, think of the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13.  Tares are weeds.  In this parable, the sower planted good seed, not mixed seed.  It was the enemy who came along and planted weeds among the wheat.  The result was the same as if the sower had planted mixed seed.  As the wheat and weeds matured, it was hard to tell them apart because they looked so similar to each other.   Instead of ruining the crop, the owner of the field told his worker to wait until the time of the harvest to separate the wheat from the weeds.

Now remember, a parable is not an allegory and we must be careful not to read more into it than is there.  A parable only has a primary meaning about the kingdom of God but there is still much we can learn from this parable and others like it.   In this case, we know that the world is the harvest, the good seeds are the people who belong to Jesus, and the bad seeds are those who belong to Satan.  At the end of the age, there will be a final separation of the wheat and the tares.  This is the basic teaching.  Let’s see what else we can learn from it.

Let me speak in similitudes.  When we plant mixed seeds in our lives, it’s as if we are planting what ended up in the field of the sower in Matthew 13.  In our case, seeds could be compared to the bad influences of the world.  As the plants grew and matured in the field of the original parable, it was difficult to tell the wheat and tares apart because they looked so much alike.  The same is true in our similitude.  If we allow the evil things of this world to influence us, no one can tell us apart from the other kinds of people in the world.

This idea is also similar to another parable.  Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the lake or sea.  When the net was pulled in, it had good and bad fish which were separated from each other.  The good fish are comparable to clean fish or the children of God while the bad fish are comparable to unclean fish or the children of Satan.   It is relatively easy to separate the fish as long as you can discern the presence of absence of scales.  At the end of the age, how will the angels tell us apart from the wicked if we live like them?  Obviously, we’ll need to submit to God and be purified at some point in our lives.  At the end of the age, the angels will know because the children of God will be sealed but the children of Satan will have the mark of the beast.

Think about the prohibition to physically wear mixtures of linen and wool.  What kind of spiritual clothes are you wearing?  Are you spiritually dressed in fine linen, clean and white which are the righteous deeds of God’s people (Rev. 19:8) or are you a ravenous wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing (wool) like a false prophet (Matt. 7:15-16)?

Can people identify you by your fruits or is it too difficult because you’re wearing a mixture of wool and linen?  What kinds of seeds are you sowing in your life?  Can others tell if you are a child of God or child of Satan?  Are you a good fish or a bad fish?  What is your lifestyle revealing to the world?  Is what you do in the light of day the same as in the dark of night?  Are you of the world or just living in the world?  I’m asking in different ways in order to get you to repeatedly think about your lifestyle.

Let’s look at another part of Leviticus 19:19.  What happens when you interbreed livestock?  The reason people do it, is to create something with the strong qualities of both animals.  This is the same reason people mix different kinds of fibers to make durable fabric and clothing.

If you interbreed livestock, you might not get what you were hoping for.  If God had wanted what you might attempt to create, He would’ve already created it.  Do you know what happens when God’s people interbreed with the people of the world?

The answer is found in Ezekiel 22:1-22.  It explains that when God’s people participated in idolatry and didn’t love their neighbor as themselves, they eventually became like mixed alloys of metals that had to be purified.  Mixed alloys of metals can’t be easily separated.  It’s as bad as trying to separate the grains of a mixture of salt and baking soda.  Intense fire is required to separate the dross from what is pure.

From the Old Testament through the New Testament, God is telling us to remain separate from the world.  Since we’ve rebelled against God since the day we were born, the Refiner has to purify us once we come to Him in our filthy rags (hopeless condition).  This can take awhile and it can be mighty painful.

The Refiner is also the Potter.  He uses circumstances in our lives to break us down and reshape us into the vessel He originally created us to be—a vessel of honor.

Evaluate your spiritual condition.  Repent of your sins, provide restitution for your trespasses, be purified, and offer your lives in total dedication to the Lord.

If you think you’ve already done that, think again.  Come out of Babylon!  Don’t allow pagan customs and traditions to become mixed with the commands God has specifically given us in regard to pure and holy worship and daily living.  If we are to submit to the Refiner’s fire, we’re going to have to be willing to cooperate and radically excise that which has pagan roots from our daily lives and worship styles.

Obey the statutes of the Lord.  Avoiding clothing with mixtures of wool and linen is not hard.  There are plenty of other things to wear.  This is a choice we make.  It is no different from the choices we make that impact our spiritual lives.

Do not have fellowship with lawlessness.  Remember, 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 says, “Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” 1 8 ‘I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”

Forbidden Forms of Sexual Immorality

Leviticus 18 describes forms of sexual immorality which the Lord has forbidden.  Those who obey the Lord’s commandments will have life through them.

Sexual relations with close relatives are forbidden.  God’s people are not to have sexual relations with:

  • Parents or step-parents
  • Siblings or Half-siblings
  • Nieces or nephews, aunts or uncles
  • In-laws
  • Both a woman and her close relatives

Prior to this point, such sexual relations were not a completely unusual practice.  Obviously, when man was created, sexual relations with close relatives were necessary in order to populate the earth.  This was also necessary shortly after the flood in Noah’s time for the same reason.  Years later, this was no longer necessary.  Today, we know that some unhealthy physical conditions are hereditary and are commonly seen in people who have had children with close relations.  At this point, it’s hard to say what the spiritual implications or meanings are.  We must simply obey the Lord’s command not to have sexual relations with close relatives.

In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul rebuked the Corinthian church for allowing a man to engage in sexual immorality with his mother-in-law.  Even though Jesus did not address this in His ministry, Paul still used the original Scriptures to define sin.  Paul commanded them to cast this man out of the congregation so that his sinful nature could be destroyed and so that his spirit could be saved in the Day of the Lord.  Paul makes it clear we are not to associate with supposed brothers and sisters who engage in sinful lifestyles.  We are to judge those within our congregations, and to allow God to judge those outside the congregation.  If one who is cast out of the congregation repents, he is to be welcomed back in, forgiven, loved, and comforted.

Sexual relations with a woman during her time of menstruation (time of separation = niddah) is forbidden.  The issue of blood is a picture of death and the lack of potential life.    

Leviticus 18 also says that offering a child to Molech by passing it through the fire is forbidden.  This is comparable to abortion.  We are to nurture life, not take it.  This is idolatry, apostasy, and adultery.

Homosexuality and beastiality are forbidden in Leviticus 18 too.  The Bible says these are abominations.  Romans 1:26-32 says that those who were engaging in homosexuality did not like to acknowledge God so He gave them over to a debased or worthless mind so they could do all kinds of lawlessness including approving of others who did likewise.  This describes many of the people of the world today.

Today homosexuals proclaim they live an acceptable alternative lifestyle and are forcing this lie on the world.  Most of them are outside the church, but they are also present in the churches.  Without repenting and renouncing their sin, some who openly practice homosexuality even dare to stand in the pulpit and preach.   They should be cast out of the churches because Jesus will tell them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matt. 7:23) We must never approve of the practice of homosexuality or engage in it. Believers must not condone homosexuality (accept them as they say they are).

Many claim they were born into homosexuality.  Actually, we are all born with the propensity to sin.  We must reject sin and embrace righteousness.  God provided a remedy for sin.  Yeshua became the Lamb of God in order to take away the sins of the world.  We must respond by trusting in Messiah, putting to death all of the desires of the flesh no matter what they are, and rejecting lawlessness.  We must actively and strongly resist the temptations that come from the kingdom of darkness.  We must yield to and live by the power of the Holy Spirit.  We must live a life of lawfulness, a life of godliness by obeying God’s commandments. 

We don’t hear much about beastiality, but it is present in the world today.  For now, we only hear of rare cases of beastiality in the news, but I suspect that will get worse too.  Unfortunately, some people have even stumbled upon it by accident on the internet.  Many years ago, a friend told me of a supposed Christian brother who thought having sexual relations with animals was a good thing because there was no fear of unwanted pregnancy.  It is frightening to see and hear how depraved the human mind can be especially among those in the churches!  The Bible defines this as an abomination! 

I am sadly aware that proclaiming the commands of God can cause believers to be accused of hate crimes.  Believers are constantly accused of being intolerant even by those who claim to be Christians.  This is utterly ridiculous and unfounded.  People who engage in abominations need to know that those who stand for righteousness are much more tolerant and have more self-control than they are given credit for.  

Those who engage in sexual immorality need to know that God is not a tolerant god although it may seem like it for now.  That’s not a sign of love or weakness.  He is simply allowing these abominations to reach their peak while giving sinners a chance to repent before He executes judgment on them.  If they repent, He will respond to them by showing them love and favor, forgiving their sin, and cleansing them from unrighteousness.   If they don’t repent, they will face eternal punishment in the lake of fire.  For those who may accuse me of hate, let me say that warning someone of this truth is not hate, that’s love because I don’t want anyone to be separated from God forever.

Adultery (naaph) is also forbidden.  This is a picture of apostasy and idolatry.  We must be faithful to our spouses and faithful to the Lord God.  Although fornication (zanah) is not mentioned in this passage, it is forbidden elsewhere in Scripture.  Typically, we use this word to describe sexual relations prior to or outside of marriage, but it can also be used for adultery, harlotry, and idolatry.  All of these are forbidden by YHVH.  The Greek word for fornication is porneia.  We get the word pornography from this word.  All of these forms of sexual immorality are forbidden.

Sexual immorality will cause God’s people and the land to become unclean.  The laws pertaining to sexual immorality apply to both Israelites and foreigners.  Leviticus 18:29 indicates that the violation of these commandments is extremely serious:  “For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people.”  The inhabitants of the Land prior to Israel’s arrival had contaminated the Land by their immorality and for that reason they were expelled from the Land.  It wouldn’t be long until the same happened to God’s people.

First Corinthians 10:11 tells us that the things that happened to the children of Israel were examples or prefigurative historical events for those of us who are living in the last days.  There is one particular event found in Numbers 25 from which we need to learn a valuable lesson.  Several chapters earlier, Balak the king of Moab had asked Balaam to come and curse God’s people.  Balaam came, but God did not allow him to curse God’s people.  God only allowed him to bless them.  Before Balaam was done, he prophesied what would happen to Israel’s enemies in the last days.  Numbers 31:15 indicates that despite all of this, Balaam gave Balak advice on how to defeat Israel by causing them to break faith with God.  That advice was carried out in Numbers 25.  The women of Moab convinced the men of Israel to commit idolatry and sexual immorality with Baal of Peor.  God sent a plague on His people for their sins that stopped only when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar killed one of the men of Israel and the woman of Moab he had taken into his tent.  Twenty four thousand died that day.  Only those who survived the plague at Shittim were able to enter the Promised Land.

Satan can’t change the final outcome of God’s plan for Israel.  The doctrine of Balaam is assimilation with the world.  It is alive and active in the world today.  Satan can still convince God’s people not to trust in God for all things.  If we are not careful, he can convince us to break faith with God too.  Those who did not trust God, those who rebelled against Moses’ leadership (who prefigured Messiah), and those who committed idolatry and/or sexual immorality did not make it to the Promised Land.  We must trust God, submit to Yeshua’s leadership in our lives, worship only God, and avoid sexual immorality in order to enter the eternal rest that is being prepared for us.  Yes, we will occasionally sin and commit trespasses but we must be quick to confess them and not make those a habit in our lives.  We must set our minds on the goal before us and remain faithful to the very end.

Knowing all forms of sexual immorality are forbidden and being able to overcome the temptation to be involved in them are two different things.  They can be very addicting.

What can you do to break such addiction? 

Repent of your sins by learning and obeying the written Torah.  As you do this, write your sins on a piece of paper and nail them to a wooden cross as a symbol of what Messiah has already done for you (Col. 2:13-15).

You must understand that repentance is not a prayer to say you’re sorry and a promise not to sin anymore.  This is too passive.  Repentance is actively rejecting sin and obeying God’s commandments.

You may choose to try a 21 day fast similar to Daniel’s.  Avoid meat, breads, cakes, candy, and soft drinks.  Eat healthy grains, fruits, and vegetables while drinking plenty of water.  Pray for the Lord to draw near to you and set you free from your bondage.

If you are having an illicit affair or homosexual relationship, end it.  Move and/or get a different job if necessary.  Never flirt or tell someone you have sexual feelings for them even if you do.  It will only invite trouble.  Ask Father to remove that desire from you but know that same sex attraction may never go away; if it remains a thorn in your flesh, determine to be celibate.  Deal with the generational curses in your life; cleanse yourself.  Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Yeshua.

Destroy or delete your pornography, cancel your cable or satellite TV subscriptions, and put parental controls on your computer.  Don’t look at or watch what you don’t want your children to.  If necessary, use your TV and computer only when others are with you.  Get someone to keep you accountable.  Guard yourself.

If you are dating someone, never ever be alone with them.  Be together only in public places or with other friends or family members.  Do not ever allow yourself to be in a place or situation where you can be tempted.

If you come face to face with temptation and you can’t flee, don’t respond passively.  No temptation ever leaves that way.  Forcefully, resist with your mind and your voice.  Resistance must be active, not passive.  You may be shocked and relieved at how quickly a temptation leaves if you do this.  If you master this technique, you will be on your way to righteous living.

If your life has not been touched by sexual immorality, you are extremely fortunate and blessed. You may not struggle, but your spouse or children may.  It is extremely painful to find out your spouse or kids have embraced fornication, homosexuality, transgender lifestyles, beastiality, or pansexuality. If your spouse has, let your spouse leave. If your kids have, get help, but realize they are ultimately in charge of their desires.

It hurts when therapists and the rest of the world calls you the enemy for not condoning sexual perversion. Don’t lose control. Reaffirm your love for your family members, but never condone their sinful lifestyle. You have the right to agree with the Scriptural definition of sin and not allow it in your house. As difficult as it is, accept that God allows individuals to go their own way; they will have to eventually face the consequences of their sinful choices. It hurts Him as much as it hurts you.

Don’t be afraid to get help. When you do, don’t make the sexual problem be the sole focus of your problem. Therapists, whether Christian or not, can lose their licenses if they don’t “support” these perversions. You have to accept and work around that problem. People need coping skills to avoid suicidal and homicidal ideation that results from their lifestyle not being accepted, yet that same nonacceptance needs to remain a thorn in their side that leads them to repentance.  As you work with therapists and social workers, make the issue a general obedience problem. You as parents set the rules for what’s allowed in your home; don’t allow the therapists, social workers, or courts to do that. You have the right to say what’s allowed or what will not be done in your home:

  • no cigarettes
  • no alcohol
  • no illegal drugs
  • no Scripturally forbidden types of sex
  • no sex of any variety for unmarried people
  • no pornography
  • no cross-dressing, cosmetics, or cross-assessories
  • no inappropriate clothing, whether it is too revealing or has unacceptable messages on it
  • no lying
  • no stealing
  • obey curfews
  • be respectful in all circumstances in word and behavior
  • do chores

The choices your kids make outside your home is ultimately their problem and it is practically impossible to control. You should try to do your best to control what goes on in your own home. You must be very calm and politely remind various professionals of that. It’s your house, your rules. If your kids don’t like it, they can be placed somewhere else if it comes to that. If it doesn’t, you are blessed. If not, think about the prodigal son. Pray your kids come back one day. Yes, I really do know how much it hurts to say that. It’s what God does, so follow His example despite how painful it is.

Anyway…let me summarize this post. No matter what, please avoid, flee, and resist all forms of sexual immorality, and be wholly devoted to YHVH. In the end, you can only be responsible for yourself.