For a woman, the most painful time and the most joyful time happens simultaneously: childbirth. Before Jesus came and made us whole, women who bore a child were considered ceremonially unclean and were not allowed to enter the sanctuary until the blood from childbirth stopped flowing. After that, she must present a sin and peace offerings to the LORD; then, she will be clean.
Now, we stay secluded to protect the newborn because of the fear of sickness and disease from other people, but we don’t have a specific timeline. God no longer separates women; we are whole because of our salvation.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
Now, the most joyful time in our lives doesn’t come with shame. We are purified and no longer considered unclean. The more I learn about the Old Covenant, the more I am grateful to Jesus for having set us free. Today, thank Jesus for his atoning sacrifice that has made us whole, pure, and one with him.
And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: Leviticus 12:6