In the book of Leviticus, we read the following concerning the seed of copulation of man: “If any man has an emission of semen, then he shall bathe all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the evening. Every garment, and every skin, whereon the semen is, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the evening” (Lev. 15:16-17). It is not written there that the man lay with a woman. The text suggests clearly that man becomes unclean when there is an emission of the seed without the sexual contact with a woman. And in this case the nature of the seed is unclean, that is, the human seed did not get unclean because of the sin of Adam and Eve, but it was of an unclean nature. What Moses is speaking is that, when puberty comes and the boy goes from childhood to adolescence, and there is an emission of semen, he becomes unclean because he is a bearer of an unclean seed. Almost all boys between ten and twelve years of age are liable to ejaculations during the night in their sleep. And they become unclean, with their sheets and their pajamas. In the Old Testament, everything became unclean, was cleansed with water, and remained unclean until the evening (Lev. 15:16-17). Next, in verse 18, Moses, instructed by Jehovah, deals with the copula, when a man lies with a woman and they both become unclean by the seed of the man, because the seed is naturally unclean.
There are other texts declaring that the seed that man carries inside of his body is of an unclean nature. “Whoever of the seed of Aaron is a leper or has an issue; he shall not eat of the holy things, until he is clean. Whoever touches anything that is unclean by the dead, or a man whose seed goes from him” (Lev. 22:4). This text is more vehement than the first, for he compares the seed of the copula with leprosy, or with a decaying corpse. The seed of the copula prevented the man and the woman from eating the holy food of Jehovah; such was the seriousness of the uncleanness of the sperm.
Let us look at what the Law of Jehovah says about the sexual act: “If a man lies with a woman and there is an emission of semen, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the evening” (Lev. 15:18). Let us look at what Jehovah declares about this issue in general: “Thus you shall separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness, so they will not die in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is in their midst. This is the law of him who has a discharge, and of him who has an emission of semen, so that he is unclean thereby” (Lev. 15:31-32). In Lev. 15:2, 13 and 32, the Bible of the BAC, printed in Madrid, the 1951 edition, translates the issue of man as “gonorrhea,” a purulent inflammation of the genital organs that has damaging effects. Now, Jehovah compares the seed of man with the microbe that causes the gonorrhea. This is why we have in the book of Job: “How can he be clean who is born of woman?” (Job 25:4). “Who can make the clean out of the unclean?” (Job 14:4). “What is man, that he should be pure, or he who is born of a woman the he should be righteous?” (Job 15:14). It is important to stress that Jehovah revealed that the seed of the copula of his people was unclean, even though the flesh was holy through the sanctification of the sacrifices and holocausts (Jer. 11:15). If the flesh of the consecrated person was holy, the seed could not be unclean. If it was unclean, it did not depend on the condition of that person. Being the copula unclean by nature, the man created in Gen. 1:26-28 was unclean. When they were created, Jehovah blessed them and said: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:26-28). Jehovah blessed the unclean multiplication. And more: Adam and Eve were unclean before they ever sinned, for they bore the unclean seed. And more: Jehovah declared that his children were those who were begotten of an unclean seed and made pure by the sanctification through the sacrifices, for the expiation of sins, of a lamb of one year and a pigeon or dove (Lev. 12:1-7). Now, if man makes a woman with whom he lies unclean, even after he has been sanctified by the sacrifices and burnt offerings, his seed has not been sanctified, for it is unclean by nature (Deut. 14:1-2; 32:19-20; Is. 1:2; 30:9).
We conclude that man was unclean before sin, even before Adam and Eve were cast out of Paradise. Man was created unclean. And if he was created in the image and likeness of god, this god was not pure either.
It is necessary to remember that the monthly ovulation of the woman was also unclean. The woman would be separated for seven days, and anyone who touched her would also be unclean until evening. Everything that the woman touched became unclean — bed, clothes, chairs, etc. If a man lay with a woman during this period, he, too, became unclean seven days (Lev. 15:19-24).
We have a few points to consider:
1. If both the seed and the copula of men were unclean; if the pregnancy of the new being in the womb of the woman was unclean; if the birth of the children made the mother unclean for 40 days in the case of a boy, and 80 days in the case of a girl; if the newborn children had to be purified from uncleanness, as we read in Lev. 12:1-8, why did Jehovah declare that he was the god of all flesh? (Jer. 32:27).
2. If the seed of the copula of man is fruit of the uncleanness of the flesh, how did Jehovah say that all flesh would worship him in the new heavens and the new earth? (Jer. 32:27).
3. In the new heavens and the new earth there will be carnal procreation, and therefore, unclean. Will there be uncleanness in the new creation of Jehovah? (Is. 65:17-23).
4. In the New Testament we read the following: “But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13). This makes it clear that no one that is born of the seed of the copula is a child of God, but a child of Jehovah. How is this? The Christian, in order to be a child of God, the Father, has to be born again, that is, has to be birthed of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-6). Jesus our Lord, in order to be the Son of God, was himself begotten by the Holy Spirit after his carnal birth. The apostle Paul said: “Concerning his Son, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom. 1:3-4). The birth of Jesus as Son of God, the Father, did not happen at the time of his carnal birth, even considering that he was begotten by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:31-35). The fulfillment of the Psalm 2:7 happened only with the resurrection. “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘Thou art My Son; today I have begotten Thee’” (Rom. 1:3-4). The ones who are birthed of the flesh do not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15:50). The one who wants to be a Christian, if he wants to go into the kingdom of God, has to believe in Christ, be buried with Him in baptism, and be resurrected with Him by the power of God (Col. 2:12).
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira