Woman's Uncleanness by Childbirth.
2. If a woman, &c.—The mother of a
boy was ceremonially unclean for a week, at the end of which the child
was circumcised (Ge 17:12; Ro 4:11-13); the mother of a girl for two weeks
12:5)—a stigma on the
2:14, 15) for sin, which was
removed by Christ; everyone who came near her during that time
contracted a similar defilement. After these periods, visitors might
approach her though she was still excluded from the public ordinances
of religion [Le 12:4].
6-8. the days of her purifying—Though
the occasion was of a festive character, yet the sacrifices appointed
were not a peace offering, but a burnt offering and sin offering, in
order to impress the mind of the parent with recollections of the
origin of sin, and that the child inherited a fallen and sinful nature.
The offerings were to be presented the day after the period of her
separation had ended—that is, forty-first for a boy, eighty-first
for a girl.
8. bring two turtles, &c.—(See on Le 5:6). This was the offering made by Mary, the
mother of Jesus, and it affords an incontestable proof of the poor and
humble condition of the family (Lu 2:22-24).