Scripture: verse five
If she gives birth to a girl, she will be unclean for two weeks, as [during her period]; and she is to wait another sixty-six days to be purified from her blood.
Observation: This chapter deals with a woman’s time of uncleanness after the birth of a baby: she was unclean for forty days after the birth of a boy, and eighty after the birth of a girl. Once the time was over, she brought a burnt offering and a sin offering, and then she was clean.
Despite the presence of the sin offering, it seems highly unlikely that God considered childbirth sinful. I’m going to guess that the offering was to cover the time she’s spent being unclean, or possibly to cover herself and her child as sinful people, which all humans are, with one exception.
And being unclean for a time was probably just as well; after the birth of a baby, she’s not going to want to get up and get back to normal life. The rest is important.
But I haven’t the faintest idea why she was unclean for twice as long after a girl. Girls aren’t more stressful. God didn’t consider them inherently more sinful. They were considered less valuable by the society, though, so perhaps God was giving her time to avoid the gossip? Perhaps God was giving her extra time to bond with her baby and feed her well, so the baby would have a head start in a less-friendly environment?
I love that God sees everyone and all their needs, from Moses and his tendency to overwork to the newborn baby girl who needed some extra time with her mother. I love that God understands that we live in a society that is not always friendly or fair. I love that God has a plan for every need, from food in the desert to protection from gossip.
“My God will supply all your needs according to his glorious wealth, in union with the Messiah Yeshua.” (Philippians 4:19) Every. single. need. He’s got it covered.
Application: Trust Him with your needs. Trust Him to understand that even needs that are objectively quite minor still feel big to you. He has a plan for them. He has a plan for you.
Prayer: Father, thank you for filling all of my needs. Thank you for giving me grace in the times that I need it. Help me to trust you. Amen.