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The red heifer

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In this reply the old-fashioned words of the KJV have been modernised, and in some instances, the man-made punctuation has been altered for greater understanding.  Some of the comments are adapted from books in my library.  No recognition is given because they are not intended as authorities, but are used because they express my understanding clearly.  All the ideas expressed in this article, right or wrong, are my own.   


The query:

Hebrews 9:

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: 14 how much more shall the blood [the evidence of death] of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit [through His ability to teach] offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 

 Why does Paul, in his explanation of the sanctuary services, place the ashes of a heifer as an adjunct to the blood of bulls and goats?  And then use all three of them as a contrast to the “blood” of the Son of God?

 

My response:

Because of this query we will need to read of an almost unknown ritual in the sanctuary service which was not performed in the courtyard or the building.  Its results were not immediate, but a condensed version of it was stored for future use.  In this ceremony, which has been strangely overlooked by many active Bible searchers, the Spirit shows us what God does about the contamination of death, the “last” enemy.  It involves quite a few different people over a lengthy period of time, for it is not just the work of our Saviour although He underwrites it. 

I present it here with some of my understanding of it, but we can be sure that there is a lot more waiting for us to uncover, for this is the second greatest ritual in all the sanctuary services, both of which are not directly connected to the building. 

 

     {4T 122.1}  Published 1876-81

Some may look upon this slaying of the heifer as a meaningless ceremony, but it was done by the command of God and bears a deep significance that has not lost its application to the present time.

 I suggest that the scripture describing this ceremony should be read in conjunction with Leviticus chapter 16 for they are descriptions of the same event, one in a micro, the other in a macro view.  However, let us not forget that before the final atonement for all Israel on the Day of Atonement, there were micro-atonements needed for some individuals to prepare them for a spiritual work on that Day. 

I believe that this ritual is a picture of that.  Consider the following verse and see a situation like that;

     Leviticus 1:4.

“And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him [and give him a job]”. 

Those individuals I am referring to will need to be able to stand, not just free from potential sin and sickness, but from the contamination of death.  They will need to be alive and well when the rest of the congregation lie helplessly in their graves when our Day of Atonement is finalised, for the ritual’s purpose was to cleanse contaminated people so that they would not infect others when they returned to their normal lives.  In our case there needs to be a “fit” man near the close of our Day of Atonement whom I believe illustrates the group identified as the 144,000 who are “redeemed from among men” (not the grave).  Revelation 14:1-4. 

 They will be free from the “last enemy”, and actually in control of its originator, for it is written of them;

     Leviticus 16:

20 And when he [the high priest] has made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar [of incense], he [the fit (capable) man] shall bring the live goat [representing Satan]: 21 and Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat [through the curtain for Christ does not touch the earth at the Second Coming], and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: 22 and the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities to a land not inhabited: and he [the fit man] shall let go the goat in the wilderness.  

     Psalm 24:

3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD?  Or who shall stand in His holy place? 4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is the generation of them that seek Him [like no other has], that seek Your face, O [God of] Jacob.  Selah. [“Selah” means, think prayerfully on what you have just read.]  

 They need to be like David, who, although he broke some of the last six of the Ten Commandments, never wavered on the first four!  (1 Samuel 13-14; Acts 13:22.)

 We can now read on about the ritual:

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Numbers 19:

1 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 2 This is the ordinance [ritual] of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring you a red heifer [a young virgin cow] without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke.  [That is, one who has never been broken in and worked before.]

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 Why a heifer – a female? 

Because it also represents some of God’s people, who are known as His spiritual “fiancées” as it is written, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one Husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ”.   2 Corinthians 1:2.  

 So we must see those who crucified with Him, as well as He.  (Romans 6:6.)

     {4T 120.2}  (I have added the emphasis in all the quotes.)

The children of Israel were anciently commanded to make an offering for the entire congregation to purify them from ceremonial defilement.  This sacrifice was a red heifer and represented the more perfect offering that should redeem from the pollution of sin.  This was an occasional sacrifice for the purification of all those who had necessarily or accidentally touched the dead.  All who came in contact with death in any way were considered ceremonially unclean. 

 This was to forcibly impress the minds of the Hebrews [and us today] with the fact that death came in consequence of sin and therefore is a representative of sin.  The one heifer, the one ark, the one brazen serpent, impressively point to the one great offering, the sacrifice of Christ.   

 This heifer was to be red, which was a symbol of blood.  It must be without spot or blemish, and one that had never borne a yoke.  Here, again, Christ was typified.  The Son of God came voluntarily to accomplish the work of atonement.  There was no obligatory yoke upon Him, for He was independent and above all law. [Yet this is a female offering!  The 144,000 also will all be volunteers.]

The angels, as God's intelligent messengers, were under the yoke of obligation [to God who, as their Creator gives them life]; no personal sacrifice of theirs could atone for the guilt of fallen man.  Christ alone was free from the claims of the law to undertake the redemption of the sinful race.  [She then tells us why!  Because] He had power [the ability] to lay down His life and to take it up again.  “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God [the Lifegiver].”  {4T 120.3}  [And He has the power to pass it on to us.]

This animal possesses many characteristics that typify (but do not equal) the Son of God, for she is a female!  (Consider Jeremiah 33:16.)

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Numbers 19:

3 And you shall give her to Eleazar the priest [not the high priest, any priest would do], that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one [another person, the executioner] shall slay her before his face [while Eleazer is watching]: 4 and Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before [in the direction of] the tabernacle of the congregation seven times.

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    {4T 121.2}

The sacrificial heifer was conducted without the camp and slain in the most imposing manner.  Thus Christ suffered without the gates of Jerusalem, for Calvary was outside the city walls.  This was to show that Christ did not die for the Hebrews alone, but for all mankind.  He proclaims to a fallen world that He has come to be their Redeemer and urges them to accept the salvation He offers them. 

The heifer having been slain in a most solemn manner, the priest, clothed in pure white garments [representing the righteousness of Christ], took the blood in his hands [not in a bowl] as it issued from the body of the victim and cast it [on the ground] toward the temple seven times. [He is a long way from the sanctuary when he does this.]  “And having a high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience [by the power of the Son’s gift of Life], and our bodies washed with pure water.” [Two different things.] 

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Numbers 19:

5 And one [another person, possibly the executioner] shall burn the [whole] heifer in his [the priest’s] sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn: 6 and the priest shall take [a stick or branch of] cedar wood, and [a bunch of] hyssop, and [a portion of] scarlet [cloth, the size of which is not specified], and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.

 7 Then [when the fire has consumed the animal and the additions] the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even.  [After that his portion in the sacrifice is over.]

 8 And he that burns her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.  [After that his portion in the sacrifice is over.]

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     {4T 121.3} 

The body of the heifer was burned to ashes, which signified a whole and ample sacrifice .  .  . [not just a death.]   

While the body was burning the priest threw into the flames a stick of cedar wood, a bunch of hyssop and a piece of scarlet cloth thus joining (in imagery) their essence with the heifer. The priest threw into the fire three things: something large and something small to cover everyone who was to be cleansed, (the stick and the hyssop), and something to represent sin, for their unknown sins would still be covered when this ritual was applied.  “And he [Solomon] spoke of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon [a big tree] even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall [a small plant] . . .” 1 Kings 4:33.

 “Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as [white as] wool.” Isaiah 1:18.

 Having watched till there was nothing left except ashes, these two men then left the scene and returned to their tents inside the camp grounds in the late afternoon.

 A lateral thought:

The fact that whole body, organs, and blood of this female were totally burnt suggests that it could be seen as a picture of a cremation, the opposite of a burial.  That the ashes were stored in a container reminds us of a modern-day urn.  In some ways, this shows us how heart-breaking it is when the LORD loses one of His own, even though He and we, know it is only a temporary separation, (although some such as Adam have been away from Him for a very long time).  But it has always been something like a long-distance relationship even when they were alive, for the “marriage” has not completed during that time, and now they live on only in His memory! 

 A third person is now required:

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Numbers 19:

9 And [when the fire is completely out] a man that is clean [the storer] shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up [in a jar] without [outside] the camp in a [ritually] clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin [not a forgiveness].

 10 And he that gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even.  [After that his portion in the sacrifice is over.]  And it shall be to the children of Israel, and to the stranger that sojourns among them, for a statute for ever [as long as it is needed].

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 We are not told WHERE they were stored or who looked after them.  I presume that it is the gatherer, and that they are taken to a special place OUTSIDE the camp.

     {4T 121.3}

The ashes were then gathered up by a person uncontaminated by contact with the dead and [when they were used they were] placed in a vessel containing water from a running stream [to represent the Holy Spirit]. [Like some grieving widowers do today, He stores her ashes for a future time.  Another heifer would have been supplied when the ashes of the first were used up, so they were always available.]

 We should note that there was to no exclusiveness in the use of the ashes – they were there for all, both Jew and Gentile.  And not for the dead person, but for his/her handlers.  It would be easy to pass over this ceremony and consider it just a picture of the need for disinfecting, but it goes far deeper than that.

 Thus we are told:

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Numbers 19:

11 He that touches the dead body of any man [and becomes contaminated] shall be unclean seven days.  [Sin, and its ultimate result, death, contaminate others who may be around us when we commit it.  And the final sin is to choose to die by ignoring His plea to be saved from it!  See Ezekiel 33:11.  Not deliberately, I hasten to add!!]

 12 He [the contaminated one] shall purify himself [with the help of another, the fourth person] with it [the ashes] on the third day [a picture of when he became born again], and on the seventh day [representing the Second Coming] he shall be [totally] clean [so this is a partial cleansing before the Day of Atonement]: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean. 

 13 Whoever touches the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifies not himself, defiles the tabernacle of the LORD [his or her body]; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation [from death] was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.

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 Although it appears to read that the contaminated person could cleanse themselves, we should understand that it will always take a ritually “clean” person to do it for him or her.  

        {4T 121.3 - 122.1}

This clean and pure person then took a cedar stick with scarlet cloth [for wiping?] and a bunch of hyssop [for sprinkling], and sprinkled [and wiped] the contents of the [ashes] vessel upon the tent and the people assembled.  This ceremony was repeated several times in order to be thorough and was done as a purification [for the living] from sin.  {4T 121.3}

 This was to teach the lesson that Christ, in His own spotless righteousness, after shedding His precious blood, enters into the holy place [the first apartment with the bullock’s blood on the Day of Atonement, Leviticus 16:14] to [begin to] cleanse the sanctuary.  And there the crimson current is brought into the service of reconciling God to man.  {4T 122.1} 

 Anytime it is required, an uncontaminated person will take copies of the same wood, hyssop and cloth and use them in the sprinkling and wiping of the dwelling, the contents, and the friends and family of the dead person.   So now they are “cleansed” in a ritual similar to that of the Day of Atonement cleansing, but one performed when necessary and not restricted to a particular Day.  (Consider Enoch and Elijah.)

 Another lateral thought:

If the ritual is looked upon as a picture of Christians passing on their knowledge of the truth (for this ritual has many layers we can explore), then we can see that sometimes they would need a “cleansing” performed for them by another student of the Bible – a teacher of righteousness to correct any minor errors.  It could point to those of old seeking out doctrines and preserving them for future generations, and then their understanding being brought up to date by others.  

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Numbers 19:

14 This is the law, when a man dies in a tent:

all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days.    

15 And every open vessel, which has no covering bound upon it, is unclean [contaminated by the death]

 16 And whoever touches one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days.

 17 And for an unclean person they shall take [some] of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water [representing the Holy Spirit] shall be put thereto in a vessel [with them]: 18 and a clean person [the operator] shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave.

 19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he [the sprinkler] shall purify himself [for Christ too is contaminated by His death while the healing is taking place], and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even. [After that the clean person’s portion in the sacrifice is over for the “unclean” person has become “clean”.  The one who was subject to death is no longer its victim, for “death has no more dominion over him” than it has over Christ!] 

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        {4T 122.2-4} 

The priest [or any clean person] used cedar and hyssop, dipping them into the cleansing water and sprinkling the unclean.  This symbolized the blood of Christ spilled to cleanse us from moral impurities.  The repeated sprinklings illustrate the thoroughness of the work that must be accomplished for the repenting sinner. [We need to be shown our general lack of consecration and how to defeat our last enemy.]  All that he [the unclean person] has must be consecrated.  Not only should his own soul be washed clean and pure, but he should strive to have his family, his domestic arrangements, his property, and his entire belongings consecrated to God.   {4T 122.2} 

 [The normal burnt offering and the meat (cereal) offering were personally presented in the sanctuary while the follower of the LORD was alive, but this ceremony in the tent was on behalf of one who had touched death and for those associated with him/her, so it was more than a normal burnt offering!  All the persons being cleansed need not be guilty of a particular sin, but the contact with sin’s results still affects them.]

 After the tent had been sprinkled with hyssop, over the door of those cleansed was written: I am not my own; Lord, I am Thine [completely].  Thus should it be with those who profess to be cleansed by the blood of Christ.  God is no less exacting now than He was in olden times.  The psalmist, in his prayer, refers to this symbolic ceremony when he says:

 “Purge me with hyssop [the second act, the sprinkling], and I shall be clean: wash me [the first act, as in baptism], and I shall be whiter than snow.” [Psalm 51:7.] “Create in me a clean heart, O God [1]; and renew [justify] a right spirit within me.” [Psalm 51:10.]  “Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation [2]; and uphold [sanctify] me with Thy free spirit.” [ibid, verse 12]  {4T 122.3}

 [We have all come “short of the glory of God [by being born in sinful flesh]” (Romans 3:23), so we all need the “ashes”, but unless we know about them and experience the two cleansings we will remain “unclean” on the seventh “day” and will pass through the grave as a result.  We shall NOT be lost by this, but we will not be able to fulfill the final desire of our God.  (Ezekiel 18:31.) This ceremony was repeated twice in order to be thorough and was done as a purification from the effects of sin. It is expressly declared that this sacrifice was NOT for forgiveness of sin, but for purification from its result, DEATH.  There was no confession of sin made over it and there was no blood used in the ritual cleansing except that which was burnt in the ashes.]

 [Sister White continued:]

The blood [death] of Christ is efficacious, but it needs to be applied continually.  God not only wants His servants to use the means He has entrusted to them for His glory, but He desires them to make a consecration of themselves to His cause.  If you, my brethren, have become selfish and are withholding from the Lord that which you should cheerfully give to His service, then you need the blood of sprinkling [of the ashes] thoroughly applied, consecrating you and all your possessions to God.   {4T 122.4} 

 So it can also used on the living who have not physically touched the dead!

 Then came a warning:  

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Numbers 19:

20 But the man that shall be [ritually] unclean [because of his contact with death], and shall not purify himself [twice], that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he has defiled the sanctuary of the LORD [his own body]: the water of separation has not been sprinkled upon him [twice]; he is unclean [contaminated, and will require a resurrection]

 21 And it shall be a perpetual statute to them, that he that sprinkles the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that touches the water of separation shall be unclean until even. 

 22 And whatsoever the unclean person touches shall be unclean; and the soul that touches it [the water of separation] shall be unclean until even. [Sin contaminates to so many depths.] 

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 The Spirit supplies a note of warning here regarding the cleansings required at conversion, and after that during sanctification.  If we have become selfish and are withholding from the LORD that which we should cheerfully give to His service, then we need the ashes of sprinkling thoroughly applied, re-consecrating us and all our possessions to God.  Maybe we have given our attention too much to earthly matters.  Maybe we have trained our minds for business in order to thereby benefit ourselves. Both are brushes with death (there are many others of course, these are just common ones). But God calls for us to come into closer union with Him as the God of Life that He may mold and train us for His work and save us from death.  

There was no visible change in status until the end of the seventh day, but then the cleansing took effect.  So it will be in the last days – the effect of the cleansings will determine whether we “sleep” or “stay alive”.  1 Thessalonians 4:14-18.  Somewhere in our Christian life we need to make a choice regarding death as a pollutant (the halfway point).  Without fully realising it, we will then be separated in our minds from those who have not made this choice. This part-time decision should lead to the fulltime choice (the seventh day cleansing) and then we will be ready for translation, as far as this ritual depicts.  Note that in the reality Christ does all the work of sprinkling, we just have to ask for it.

     {4T 123.1 – 125.2} 

A solemn statement was made to ancient Israel that the man who should remain unclean and refuse to purify himself should be cut off from among the congregation.  This has a special meaning for us.  If it was necessary in ancient times for the [ritually] unclean to be purified by the blood of sprinkling, how essential for those living in the perils of the last days, and exposed to the temptations of Satan, to have the blood of Christ applied to their hearts daily [continually, not just in Jacob’s trouble]

 “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

[In other words, enlighten you on the true actions resulting from true doctrines] . . .    {4T 123.1}

 I adjure you to arouse from your lethargy, leave the vain idolatry of worldly things, and be in earnest to secure a title to your immortal inheritance.  Work while it is day.  Do not imperil your souls by forfeiting present opportunities.  Do not make your eternal interests of secondary importance.  Do not put the world before religion, and toil day after day to acquire its riches, while the peril of eternal bankruptcy threatens you.  Every day is bringing you nearer to the final reckoning.  Be ready to yield up the talents lent you, with the increase gained by their wise use.   {4T 123.2} 

You cannot afford to sacrifice heaven or to jeopardize your safety.  Do not let the deceitfulness of riches lead you to neglect the immortal treasure.  Satan is a wily foe, and he is ever on your track, striving to ensnare you and compass your ruin.  We are in the waiting time; let your loins be girded about and your lights shining, that you may wait for the Lord when He returns from [the first part of] the wedding, that when He comes and knocks you may open unto Him immediately.   {4T 123.3} 

Watch, brethren, the first dimming of your light, the first neglect of prayer, the first symptom of spiritual slumber.  “He that endures to the end shall be saved.” It is by the constant exercise of faith and love that believers are made to shine as lights in the world.  You are making but poor preparation for the Master's coming if you are serving mammon while professedly serving God.  When He appears, you must then present to Him the talents that you have buried in the earth, talents neglected, abused, misused -- a divided love .  .  .    {4T 124.1} 

Children of the Lord, how precious is the promise! How full the atonement of the Saviour for our guilt! The Redeemer, with a heart of unalterable love, still pleads His sacred blood in the sinner's behalf.  The wounded hands, the pierced side, the marred feet, plead eloquently for fallen man, whose redemption is purchased at such an infinite cost.  Oh, matchless condescension! Neither time nor events can lessen the efficacy of the atoning sacrifice.  As the fragrant cloud of incense rose acceptably to heaven, and Aaron sprinkled the blood upon the mercy seat of ancient Israel [on the Day of Atonement] and cleansed the people from guilt [on that Day], so the merits of the slain Lamb are accepted by God today as a purifier from the defilement of sin.   {4T 124.3} 

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation.” There are stern battles for you to fight.  You should put on the whole armor of righteousness and prove yourselves strong and true in your Redeemer's service.  God wants no idlers in His field, but colaborers with Christ, vigilant sentinels at their posts, valiant soldiers of the cross, ready to do and dare all things for the cause in which they are enlisted.   {4T 124.4} 

It is not wealth or intellect that gives happiness; it is true moral worth and a sense of duty performed.  You may have the overcomer's reward and stand before the throne of Christ to sing His praises in the day when He assembles His saints; but your robes must be cleansed in the blood of the Lamb, and charity [God’s agapé love] must cover you as a garment, and you be found spotless and without blemish.   {4T 125.1} 

John says: “After this [after what?  The forming of the 144,000, verses 1-8] I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude [two different groups], which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”  [Revelation 7:9-10.]

“These [two groups] are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sits on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” [Revelation 7:14-17.]   

Conclusion:

There is a contamination that comes with just having our sin-affected bodies, which is added to by our actions.  The rite of baptism shows us how we can be rid of all the past effects of it, but we also require an occasional sprinkling to keep us “clean” as we progress in our Christian walk.  Today, this is catered for by the ritual of feet-washing as shown in John chapter 13, for this leaves us “clean” in God’s sight, and not just forgiven.

     John 13:

7 Jesus answered and said to him [Peter], “What I do you know not now; but you shall know hereafter”. 

 8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet”. [That’s a servant’s job.]  Jesus answered him, “If I wash you not, you have no [further] part with Me”. 9 Simon Peter says to Him, “LORD, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head”. [Like a baptism.] 10 Jesus says to him, “He that is [already] washed needs not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit [all over again]: and you are clean, but not all”. 11 For He knew who should betray Him; therefore said He, “You are not all clean”.  

     {4T 121.1} 

This glorious Being loved the poor sinner and took upon Himself the form of a servant, that He might [be seen to] suffer and die in man's behalf.  Jesus might have remained at His Father's right hand, wearing His kingly crown and royal robes [even when He was our Saviour, for He did not take human form for 4,000 years after Adam’s sin].  But He chose to exchange all the riches, honor, and glory of heaven for the poverty of humanity, and His station of high command for the horrors of Gethsemane and the humiliation and agony of Calvary.  He became a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, that by His baptism of suffering and blood He might purify and redeem a guilty world. [So that we, and the people of the universe, might be able to see what sin does.] 

 “Lo, I come,” was the joyful assent, “to do Thy will, O My God.”   

It is written of the last generation: “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD [without dying]?  Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek Him, that seek Your face, O [God of] Jacob. Selah.”  Psalm 24:3-6.

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