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Monday, 12 July 2021
The Red Heifer - is it finished?

The instructions concerning the Red Heifer expressed in Numbers 19 are very detailed and specific. As we near the end of theses instructions, we read this... Numbers 19:7 "Afterward, the kohen (Eleazar) is to wash his clothes and bathe his flesh with the water, and afterward he may come back into the camp. Still the kohen will be unclean until evening."

Most, if not all, of these rituals (not customs, but ritual instructions from God) have their reality in Yeshua, who came as the perfect atonement for sin. The priesthood of Aaron was flawed, because Aaron was a man (and so were all of his sons who became priests). Sin is highly infectious and highly contagious. It even affected the priest involved in the cleansing ceremony.

That "cleansing ceremony" involved the shedding of blood (death). When Eleazar dipped his finger in the blood, he became unclean. Even washing wouldn't cleanse him until a new day started (at sundown). Only God's sovereignty brings us to a new day. None of us are clean (we can't wash enough) until we submit to the sovereignty of God.

This causes us to more fully appreciate Yeshua's perfect work on the cross. When He said, "It is finished,/i>" (John 19:30), this is "it." Never again will a Red Heifer be needed. Never again will there be ongoing uncleanness. Yeshua did it all.

Hebrews 7:24-25 "But on the other hand, the One who does remain forever has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, always living to make intercession for them."

Posted By Rabbi Michael Weiner, 10:00am Comment Comments: 0