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Numbers 19:1-2

Numbers 19:1–2 (ESV):  “Now the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 “This is the statute of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the people of Israel to bring you a red heifer without defect, in which there is no blemish, and on which a yoke has never come.”

Purification from sin is a costly ritual. The Old Covenant required the blood of a perfect sacrifice and a lengthy ceremony. Under the New Covenant, it comes by way of faith in Jesus Christ who is our only means of purification. He washed us clean!

God instructed Moses about the requirements for purification. The priest was to take an unblemished red heifer that had never had a yoke around its neck and slaughter it outside the camp, sprinkling a little blood toward the Tent, and then burning the animal whole, blood and all. He was then to collect the ashes and add them to water as needed for impurities of the congregation of the people of Israel; it is a sin offering. It was a picture of what Jesus did on our behalf to make us pure. He is our unblemished red heifer who was slaughtered outside of the camp and passed through the fire of the judgment of God. He is our purification and sin sacrifice.

Perhaps you are unaware, but we tend to get dirty in this world and thus we need to be purified. Jesus is the answer for us. By faith in Him, we are made pure and right before the Father. An offering has been given on our behalf, His “ashes” as it were, have been added to the water and sprinkled on us with the hyssop branch as a means of purification. If you find yourself soiled today, come to the Savior and allow Him to purify you. He is sufficient to remove any uncleanness. Amen?

Father, we thank You for the purification we find through Your Son. The cost was great but one You were willing to endure on our behalf. Keep us pure before You and if we find ourselves unclean help us to come to the Savior who is our purification we pray in Jesus' name, amen.

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