Things We Don’t Talk About

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Wow, where do I begin with a devotional on today’s Bible reading*? There are so many practical applications to today’s reading, but I’ll only mention a couple

Today’s reading covers some issues we don’t talk about in church. But all of God’s Word is God’s Word. And we shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about those things that God talks about, including topics of bodily discharges and sexual relations. I’m not saying that we should talk about them constantly, but we shouldn’t shy away from those topics for the sake of “decorum”.

One of the things we don’t talk about is that when the woman with the “issue of blood” (KJV) touched the hem of Jesus’ robe in the Gospels (Matthew 9:20; Luke 8:44), she was ritually unclean. And according to Leviticus 15:25 in today’s reading, anyone who touched her would be ritually unclean as well. The act of touching Jesus made Him ritually unclean as well. What a shameless act to do in secret. No wonder she was hesitant to come forward to acknowledge she had touched Him.

Another thing that we don’t talk about often as church people is Leviticus 18’s discussion of sexual relations, God is very clear that the only approved activity is for a married man and woman. All other sexual expression is forbidden. Nowhere in the Bible is this restriction lifted, because marriage is a picture of Jesus and His bride, the church.

As with the rest of the Law, these instructions and restrictions are for God’s people in the context of a Covenant relationship with Him. Some of them are for hygiene reasons and some are simply because God wants His people to be different from the other nations.


I said that there are some things we don’t talk about. But perhaps we should.

Because the church has remained silent and hasn’t talked about certain subjects, many people have never heard God’s perspective on those topics. Human sexual expression is one of them.

Many, including church people, have grown up with the false idea that God thinks sex is wrong. The Shakers believed that, even in marriage, sexual activity should be limited to the purpose of procreation. That explains why the Shakers aren’t around anymore! Typically, the Puritans are depicted as prudish about sex. But nothing could be further than the truth.

God’s Word has always been, and is still relevant on these issues. God designed sex to be a beautiful thing in the context of marriage. He commanded the first married couple to be fruitful and multiply. (Genesis 1:28) Paul cautioned married couples to not withhold their bodies from each other for extended periods of time. (1 Corinthians 7:5) That’s a clear implication that husbands and wives should have an active sex life.

Believers of all ages should be encouraged to seek out God’s perspective, rather than seeking answers from a culture opposed to the things of God.

* Chapters covered in today’s reading:
– Leviticus 15
– Leviticus 16
– Leviticus 17
– Leviticus 18

This devotional was originally published on February 20, 2021.

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