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These ceremonial purifications reminded the people of the purification Christ would give them once and for all (see also Luke 2:22-32).

BibleGateway: Leviticus 12:1-8

ESV Text: Leviticus 12:1-8

KJV Text:

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     1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean. 3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. 4 And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled. 5 But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.

     6 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: 7 Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female. 8 And if she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons; the one for the burnt offering, and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make an atonement for her, and she shall be clean.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 375 (LSB 568):
If Thy Beloved Son, O God — Organ Audio

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1. If Thy beloved Son, O God, 
Had not to earth descended 
And in our mortal flesh and blood 
Had not sin’s power ended, 
Then this poor, wretched soul of mine 
In hell eternally would pine 
Because of its transgression. 

2. But now I find sweet peace and rest, 
Despair no more reigns o’er me; 
No more am I by sin opprest, 
For Christ has borne sin for me. 
Upon the cross for me He died 
That, reconciled, I might abide 
With Thee, my God, forever. 

3. I trust in Him with all my heart; 
Now all my sorrow ceases; 
His words abiding peace impart, 
His blood from guilt releases. 
Free grace through Him I now obtain; 
He washes me from every stain, 
And pure I stand before Him. 

4. All righteousness by works is vain, 
The Law brings condemnation; 
True righteousness by faith I gain, 
Christ’s work is my salvation. 
His death, that perfect sacrifice, 
Has paid the all-sufficient price; 
In Him my hope is anchored. 

5. My guilt, O Father, Thou hast laid 
On Christ, Thy Son, my Savior. 
Lord Jesus, Thou my debt hast paid 
And gained for me God’s favor. 
O Holy Ghost, Thou Fount of grace, 
The good in me to Thee I trace; 
In faith do Thou preserve me.