Wednesday, 30 June 2021
In recent days, Rabbi Michael has been working through a series of no less than thirteen questions about the Red Heifer. This is his post for Question 7.
Why is Eliezer commanded to sprinkle the blood 7 times toward the Tabernacle?
We have to allow the Scriptures themselves to provide the answers we seek. If we don’t use Scripture, all we’re left with is man’s opinions. We can’t base our response to God on what we happen to be thinking at a moment in time. Wouldn’t you hate to lose your salvation because you’re “not in the mood?”
Where else does the Scripture speak of sprinkling blood 7 times? Actually, many times, twice in Leviticus 4 alone. It is mentioned in Leviticus 14:7 regarding the cleansing of Lepers. In Leviticus 16:14 and again in verse 19 the blood is sprinkled 7 times for the cleansing of the Tabernacle.
The Talmud also details instructions to the priest requiring the sprinkling of blood on the mercy seat inside the Holy of Holies, one time vertically and 7 times horizontally. Seven is the biblical number of completeness (or wholeness). We must be complete in Him, who cleanses us from all unrighteousness.
In Psalm 51, we ask God to create in me a clean heart. As part of that, we ask God for cleansing from sin ... Psalm 51:3-4(2-3) Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your mercy. According to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. How does God do that? By the blood of Yeshua ... 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of His Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin.
To be cleansed by blood is an unusual thought. Blood stains. How can we be made clean with what stains? This is where heaven and earth come together. In earth, it doesn’t make sense, but in God’s heavenly kingdom, it makes perfect sense. We are redeemed by the blood ... 1 Peter 1:18-19 You know that you were redeemed from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors - not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with precious blood like that of a lamb without defect or spot, the blood of Messiah.
Seven times, complete in Him. Colossians 2:9-10 For all the fullness of Deity lives bodily in Him, and in Him you have been filled to fullness.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,