Male sexual impurity (Lev 15:1-15:18)

 “Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron.  ‘Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, when any man has a discharge from his member, his discharge makes him ceremonially unclean.  The uncleanness of his discharge is this.  Whether his member flows with his discharge, or his member is stopped from discharging, it is uncleanness for him.   Every bed on which the one with the discharge lies shall be unclean.  Everything on which he sits shall be unclean.  Anyone who touches his bed shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.  All who sit on anything on which the one with the discharge has sat shall wash their clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.  All who touch the body of the one with the discharge shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.  If the one with the discharge spits on persons who are clean, then they shall wash their clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.  Any saddle on which the one with the discharge rides shall be unclean.  All who touch anything that was under him shall be unclean until the evening.  All who carry such a thing shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.   All those whom the one with the discharge touches without having rinsed his hands in water shall wash their clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.  Any earthen vessel that the one with the discharge touches shall be broken.  Every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.”

Once again Yahweh spoke to both Moses and Aaron.  However, it was intended for the people of Israel.  When a man has a discharge or flowing excretion from his body, he is unclean.  Therefore any bed on which he lies and everything he sits on shall be unclean.  Anyone who touches his bed or sits where he sat shall be unclean until evening and they need to wash.  Anyone who touches him, his saddle, or any seat he was on, or was spit upon by him shall be unclean until the evening.  Then they need to wash.  Earthen vessels need to be destroyed if touched by him.  However, wood products only need to be washed, not destroyed.

 “When the one with a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, he shall count seven days for his cleansing.  He shall wash his clothes.  He shall bathe his body in fresh water and he shall be clean.  On the eighth day, he shall take two turtledoves or two young pigeons and come before Yahweh at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and give them to the priest.  The priest shall offer them, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering.  The priest shall make atonement on his behalf before Yahweh for his discharge.”

When the discharge has cleared up, he must wait 7 days, wash his clothes and bathe in order to be clean.  He never was a leper.  On the 8th day, he has to bring 2 turtledoves and 2 pigeons to the priest at the entrance to the tent so that there can be a sin offering and a burnt offering.  Thus the priest makes atonement for his discharge before Yahweh.

“If a man has an emission of semen, he shall bathe his whole body in water and be unclean until the evening.  Everything made of cloth or skin on which the semen falls shall be washed with water.  He will be unclean until the evening.  If a man lies with a woman and has an emission of semen, both of them shall bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.”

If a man has an emission of semen, he has to bathe and be unclean until the evening.  Anything the semen falls on is unclean until evening.  He needs to be washed with water.  The same is true if the semen falls on a woman.  Both of them shall bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening.  This seems like a minor penalty, wash and be clean in the evening.  However, it still shows a slightly negative attitude towards sexual activity of any kind.

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