Lev 12:1 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Lev 12:2 “Speak to the people of Israel, and this is what you should say, if a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she will be contaminated seven days. As at the time of her menstruation, she will be contaminated.
Lev 12:3 And on the eighth day the foreskin of his penis will be circumcised.
Lev 12:4 Then she will stay for thirty-three days in the blood of her purifying. She will not touch anything holy, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying are completed.
Lev 12:5 But if she bears a female child, then she will be contaminated two weeks, as in her menstruation. And she will stay in the blood of her purifying for sixty-six days.
Lev 12:6 “And when the days of her purifying are completed, whether for a son or for a daughter, she will bring to the priest at the entrance of the conference tent a lamb a year old for an ascending offering and a pigeon or a turtledove for a mistake offering,
Lev 12:7 and he will offer it in Yahveh’s sight and provide reconciliation for her. Then she will be clean from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who bears a child, either male or female.
Lev 12:8 And if she cannot afford a lamb, then she will take two turtledoves or two pigeons, one for an ascending offering and the other for a mistake offering. And the priest will provide reconciliation for her, and she will be clean.”
she will be clean
Life begins at conception, and the entire process of bringing another life into this world is a miraculous thing. But these instructions also draw our attention to the fact that even this miracle is tainted by original sin. Thus, the process of ritual purification of the mother is a reminder of our need for reconciliation from the very beginning of our lives. There is no age of innocence where God in his holiness does not hold us accountable for depravity. There is only the grace of our God who offers cleansing because he loves us, even while we are still sinners.
LORD, thank you for your grace, which begins to touch us long before we draw our first breath, and offers forgiveness for the sin we are born with, as well as the sins we commit.