“These are the instructions for dealing with anyone who has a bodily discharge—a man who is unclean because of an emission of semen or a woman during her menstrual period. It applies to any man or woman who has a bodily discharge, and to a man who has sexual intercourse with a woman who is ceremonially unclean.”
God is concerned about health. Millennia before the rise of AIDS, God’s directions already preserved people from known and unknown dangers. His commands called the people to avoid unhealthy practices and promote healthy ones with practical instructions. Washing was a God-directed means to maintain physical health; acts of purification or cleansing were God-directed means to preserve spiritual dignity.
God upholds the dignity of the person, the dignity of the body, and the dignity of the sexual experience. Leviticus exhibits his high regard for sex and sexuality. In our day, sex has been degraded by overexposure. It has become public domain, not private celebration. God calls us to have a high regard for sex, both in good health and in purity. Our deepest form of gratitude to God for the gift of sex is expressed in how we respect his gift.
What’s your attitude toward the sex you see portrayed on TV, in movies, on the Internet, in books, and elsewhere? Do you shrug it off or laugh along with it? How is God calling you to change your attitudes toward sex?