Daily Spirit & Word: 439: The Ashes of the Red Heifer.
Burned Outside The Camp.
Daily Spirit & Word, 439: The Ashes of the Red Heifer.
Burned outside the camp: External Cleansing from the Rebellion of Sin.
My friends, this morning we’re looking at the seriousness of the sin of rebellion against the Lord and His anointed. How the Christian who has sinned on purpose is living in a state of being cut-off from the LORD.
Back-Slidden: The Remedy.
1 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron:
2 “This is a requirement of the law that the LORD has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke.
3 Give it to Eleazar the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence.
4 Then Eleazar the priest is to take some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle it seven times towards the front of the Tent of Meeting.
5 While he watches, the heifer is to be burned—its hide, flesh, blood and offal.
6 The priest is to take some cedar wood, hyssop and scarlet wool and throw them onto the burning heifer.
7 After that, the priest must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water. He may then come into the camp, but he will be ceremonially unclean till evening.
8 The man who burns it must also wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he too will be unclean till evening.
Notes: The Red Heifer: An Heifer is a young cow who has not been with a bull… Therefore for the Israelites the RED Heifer signifies; a pure, spotless, virgin cow. But it was to be a RED Heifer, the symbolism is POWERFUL.
It is very interesting to note that when the LORD gave this provision for cleansing, it followed the rebellion of Korah and his sons. The Tabernacle and it’s sacrificial system had already provided a means of being purified in God’s sight from TRESPASS of God’s Law, they did this through the Offerings that were made for sin. However, the Sin of REBELLION is much more serious and requires some extra-ordinary provision for cleansing.
REBELLION: Contaminates the whole community. The Contamination of Sin must be purified and the fact that the Heifer was killed outside the camp indicates to us just how seriously God takes the sin of rebellion, but that leaves us with a question, what is rebellion and why is it so serious?
Rebellion: Is the Refusal to accept some authority, code or convention: It’s deliberately rejecting God’s Authority or those that He has chosen and appointed and anointed for a particular task. Rejecting God’s Authority is deadly, in the case of Korah and his two sons and all those who rose up with them to oppose Moses and Aaron.
Rebellion: Is also organised opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another. Korah tried to do that and he died, here’s a snippet from the story in Numbers 16 (but please if you’ve got time, read it for yourself).
What Happened To Korah?
To his sons and those he led in REBELLION against the LORD’S Anointed: Aaron and Moses?
23 Then the LORD said to Moses,
24 “Say to the assembly, ‘Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’ ”
25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
26 He warned the assembly, “Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins.”
27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.
28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea:
29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me.
30 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt.”
31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart
32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah’s men and all their possessions.
33 They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.
34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”
35 And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
Can you now see the seriousness of REBELLION?
Why something so pure and spotless was required, like the young cow, an heifer, who’d not pulled or been put under a yoke?
Application: Jesus the Sacrifice Outside the Camp.
For Christians today, this is a reminder of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us, because He too was killed outside the camp on the hill of Calvary so that those who’d been made unclean could be forgiven and cleansed from all sin.
The Blood of Christ: compared to the Sacrifices and the Ashes of the Heifer:
11 When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation.
12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean.
14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. (Ashes of the Heifer).
12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.
13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.
14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
If Jesus had died in Jerusalem then He’d have contaminated the Holy City. When He died, he was taking the SIN of the whole world upon Himself and do you remember how when that happened, He was cut-off from God the Father. He cried upon the Cross, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken me?” God and SIN cannot be together. The SINS of the whole world cut Jesus off from the Father. That’s why He had to die outside the camp, just like the Red Heifer.
When a Christian defiles himself or herself with the DEAD THINGS of SIN, he must be cleansed and made pure by the blood of Jesus Christ. His suffering and death outside the camp were to be a lasting ordinance for every Christian forever. His BLOOD can make you clean. His death outside the camp, reveals just how Defilement of Sin is taken so seriously by God Almighty. Jesus couldn’t die in the Holy Place, in the Temple or the Holy City of Jerusalem, He had to be taken outside the camp.
We must come to Him in confession, repentance and to cleanse ourselves from the sin of rebellion and then do what the Lord requires; live His ways from now on. We will be made clean, we will be forgiven, but the Holy Spirit must be entreated to come and fill afresh and renew His Divine power within the believer, Renewal is more than just coming to Christ once to be forgiven and to become a member of God’s household forever, we must also continue to Walk as Jesus walked, in holiness of life.
The Ashes of the Heifer: External Cleansing so they could continue to serve the Lord.
The Blood of Jesus: Internal cleansing, so we can continue to serve the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Question: Shall a Christian who’s been forgiven by the Lord and made a member of His family by being born again continue to sin?
Answer: Not on purpose, but if we do, we need to know that SIN still separates us from the LORD, because what fellowship has light with darkness. Until we come back to the LORD we are in a state of being cut-off from the Lord. Some people call this ‘back-slidden’. We’re not walking like Jesus and we’re not walking with Jesus. Sin separates us from the LORD! It’s serious my friends, it’s like a walking death, with no experience or inward assurance from the Holy Spirit that we are the Lord’s.
Solution: Get right with Jesus Christ again, but open Confession of Sin; say it out loud so the Devil hears you and cannot accuse you of it ever again. Repent: turn away again from sin in your life. Seek: Seek the wholeness of the Holy Spirit and you’ll be able to walk as Jesus did, in His strength and power to please Father God with your life.
Come again unto the LORD and be cleansed from ALL sin.
God bless and keep you in His way today,
Hope you all have an AWESOME HOLY SATURDAY.
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