Maintaining Sexual Purity

Krista Williams

Day: 20 | Plan: Leviticus-Hebrews

Today's Reading: Leviticus 15

Leviticus 15:31 (NIV) “You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.”

In Leviticus 15 we find God’s regulations concerning male and female bodily discharge. The details of this chapter are very specific and reveal the fact that both normal sexual discharge or discharge from an infection would render a person unclean for a certain time. 

Not only was the person unclean, but also anyone or anything coming into contact with that person was unclean.  

Israel’s health and welfare were part of God’s regulation. His requirement of washing and waiting would promote good health and sanitation among His people. Not only that, but we now know, good sexual hygiene can help with fertility, foster the birth of healthy babies and reduce the spread of sexually transmitted disease. Something God already knew!

But there’s more. Because an unclean person could not enter the tabernacle area, this law would prohibit any sexual activity from taking place within the parameters of the tabernacle.  

You see, temple prostitution and sexual immorality were part of the pagan practices that other nations engaged in during the worship of their gods. These pagan practices were detestable to God and were not to be part of Israel’s worship. So if an unclean person—meaning a person with a sexual discharge—went to the tabernacle, it would defile the tabernacle and invite judgment. This was serious because defiling His dwelling place was punishable by death. (Leviticus 15:31) 

The body is not sinful, and our normal bodily functions are not morally defiling. God made us male and female, and our sexuality is a beautiful part of His amazing creation. He created us to enjoy our sexuality as long as a husband and wife display moral responsibility in relating to each other. 

Sex is a wonderful gift from God, but when it’s used apart from His will, it’s destructive and brings disastrous consequences. (Leviticus 18:24-30; Leviticus 20:22)  

The bottom line is: We must properly handle our bodies and keep ourselves morally and sexually pure before God. (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5; 1 Corinthians 6:18-19) 

When we do, our personal purity will produce a healthy, holy life that is pleasing to God. 

Prayer: Holy Father, we praise You for the beautiful way You have created us. We thank You for the amazing way You designed us, male and female. Help us to honor You with our bodies by keeping ourselves physically, morally and spiritually pure. Reveal any practices in our lives that are impure. Then give us the courage and the grace to take the proper steps to cleanse them from our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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