After how many days after the birth of the child is the woman entitled to enter the assembly? I have read Leviticus 12 several times, but don’t understand clearly, with the boy being sooner and the girl later? We are at a church in France and here the rules are different. I know you are guided by the Holy Spirit and I think I will get a clear answer. We are in a small town in France and a church has not yet been formed.
The entire 12th chapter of the book of Leviticus was devoted to this subject and reads as follows:
“ Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying:
‘When a woman gives birth and delivers a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days; as she is in the days of her menstruation, she shall be unclean. Then on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. And she shall stay at home in her condition of blood purification for thirty-three days; she shall not touch any consecrated thing, nor enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are completed. But if she gives birth to a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall stay at home in her condition of blood purification for sixty-six days.
‘When the days of her purification are completed, for a son or for a daughter, she shall bring to the priest at the doorway of the tent of meeting a one-year-old lamb as a burnt offering and a young pigeon or a turtledove as a sin offering. Then he shall offer it before the Lord and make atonement for her, and she shall be cleansed from the flow of her blood. This is the law for her who gives birth to a child, whether a male or a female. But if she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves or two young doves, the one as a burnt offering and the other as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she will be clean.” (Leviticus 12:1-8 NASB)
It is written about these laws in the New Testament that they were a shadow of things to come, and neither the Lord Jesus nor the apostles asked Christians to keep this law. When the apostles convened the council in Jerusalem, at which they discussed the things of the Old Testament law, which Christians must also observe, they came to this decision which was sent in an epistle to the church at Antioch, but it is addressed to all the churches of all times and reads as follows:
For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from acts of sexual immorality; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.” (Acts 15:28-29 NASB)
There is no law or teaching in Baptist churches that prevents a woman after birth from taking part in church meetings. On the contrary, the whole Bible exhorts us not to leave or neglect our assembly. If such rules were established in any local church, they came from the people. So come to the assembly, worship, take heed to all the Word that is preached, and do all that the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded.
Translated by Aliona Soltan