Lev 15:16 “If a man has an emission of semen, he will bathe his whole body in water and be contaminated until the evening.
Lev 15:17 And all his clothes and every skin on which the semen comes will be washed with water and be contaminated until the evening.
Lev 15:18 If a man lies with a woman and has an emission of semen, both of them will bathe themselves in water and be contaminated until the evening.
It is easy in most cases for us to recognise the ritual purity laws and their spiritual significance without becoming Pharisaical. But rules like this — concerning sexual relations — are perhaps the exception. Our society today drives us to view sex as something outside the jurisdiction of anyone else — not even to be controlled by our faith.
These rules can still help us if we want to stay sanctified. We just have to remember that, in the new covenant, it is the word that cleanses us (John 15:3). All our activities and relationships should be governed by that word.
LORD, help us to value your cleansing, and respect your word.