Finding Grace in Leviticus 

Chapters 15 - Rules Concerning Bodily Discharges

Leviticus 15 the big points

1) The discharge referred to in verses 2-13 appear to be a sickness. Ceremonial uncleanness protected others from contracting whatever the sickness was.

2) Semen and other discharge were not sinful. They only made a person ceremonially unclean.

3) God wanted us to separate worship from sex. Jehovah did not want to be worshiped as the heathen gods were.

Ceremonial uncleanness makes us temp unable to come to God but this is not our permanent state

The whole chapter is about the discharges that come from the body. Leviticus 15 references two types of discharges: healthy and unhealthy. Both types of discharges served to make the individual ceremonially unclean.

In cases where an individual comes in contact with another person’ discharge they are also ceremonially unclean. They had to wash their clothes and bathe.

At first read it appears as though the person with the discharge is being scorned; but think about what pathogens live in discharges …. Bacteria. Once again God is showing his people that he is concerned with cleanliness and he cares about our health.

There’s another thing to note about the laws concerning bodily discharges: the healthy discharge only served to make an individual ceremonially unclean temporarily. In other words, they were not able to participate in social activities – for the health of the congregation. Once they were cleansed of their discharge, they washed their clothes, bathed and were able to participate in all activities – business as usual.

Grace is not destroying us

If the discharge was unnatural – meaning that some form of sickness caused it to happen, once it stopped that individual remained ceremonially unclean for seven days and had to bring a burnt offering and a sin offering to be sacrificed before the Lord. But we’re looking for the grace, so here it is:

Being unclean did not permanently bar us from communing with God. He separated us for our safety because an unclean person cannot come into the presence of our holy God and live. The ceremonial uncleanness was to protect us.

As soon as the person was cleansed, God invited them to seek atonement and to consecrate themselves to him. He wanted to continue their relationship. Don’t you find grace in that?


Almighty God, thank you for continuing to make a way for us to come you’re your presence. Thank you for revealing to your people what is required of a holy God. Consecrate us Jehovah so that we can be holy as we come into your presence. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Recent Articles

  1. Who Is Your Hero?

    Apr 26, 18 10:44 AM

    Who Is Your Hero? Everybody holds someone in high regard. It could be a person who sacrificed something for them. Or someone who has a lot of achievements.

    Read More

  2. Book Review Daily Wisdom for the Mommy-to-Be

    Apr 19, 18 12:38 PM

    Read my review of the new devotional by Stacey Thureen: Daily Wisdom for the Mommy-to-Be Everyday Encouragement during Your Pregnancy

    Read More

  3. Proverbs 16:3

    Apr 19, 18 10:56 AM

    Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. Proverbs 16:3 NKJV

    Read More

A member of Bible Gateway Grid #bgbg2