Numbers Chapter 19
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2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:
9 And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a 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.
10 And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.
13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.
18 And a clean person 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 shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.
20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean.
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Matthew Henry's Numbers Chapter 19 Bible commentary...
The ashes of a heifer. (1-10) Used to purify the unclean. (11-22)1-10 The heifer was to be wholly burned. This typified the painful sufferings of our Lord Jesus, both in soul and body, as a sacrifice made by fire, to satisfy God's justice for man's sin. These ashes are said to be laid up as a purification for sin, because, though they were only to purify from ceremonial uncleanness, yet they were a type of that purification for sin which our Lord Jesus made by his death. The blood of Christ is laid up for us in the word and sacraments, as a fountain of merit, to which by faith we may have constant recourse, for cleansing our consciences.
11-22 Why did the law make a corpse a defiling thing? Because death is the wages of sin, which entered into the world by it, and reigns by the power of it. The law could not conquer death, nor abolish it, as the gospel does, by bringing life and immortality to light, and so introducing a better hope. As the ashes of the heifer signified the merit of Christ, so the running water signified the power and grace of the blessed Spirit, who is compared to rivers of living water; and it is by his work that the righteousness of Christ is applied to us for our cleansing. Those who promise themselves benefit by the righteousness of Christ, while they submit not to the grace and influence of the Holy Spirit, do but deceive themselves; we cannot be purified by the ashes, otherwise than in the running water. What use could there be in these appointments, if they do not refer to the doctrines concerning the sacrifice of Christ? But comparing them with the New Testament, the knowledge to be got from them is evident. The true state of fallen man is shown in these institutions. Here we learn the defiling nature of sin, and are warned to avoid evil communications.
Kabelo's Numbers Chapter 19 comment about verse 19 on 4/09/2013, 4:25am...
Kindly explain/simplify in your own version Numbers 19:19 and give a relative parable in the New Testament.
Best regards in Jesus name
JAMES's Numbers Chapter 19 comment on 11/03/2011, 11:03am...
TO WHOM THAT THINK THE LAW OF FOOD WAS DONE AWAY WITH, PLEASE READ, MATTHEW 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or to destroy the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. KJV
If you will follow up on this go to Acts 10:9 start reading there and thru Acts10:28
If you will notice Peter never eat of the food,
and it was not talking of food we eat, but to call no man common or unclean.
I once thought the same as you, but I will not eat anything that Leviticus chapter 11 says not to eat.
Anonymous's Numbers Chapter 19 comment on 7/12/2011, 11:30pm...
You are right. I read the Old Testament and I think of all these laws and I forget that, I do not have to follow these laws. Jesus's death and resurrection was the beginning of new laws. Sometimes I forget, it's a good thing to! I have eaten more pork than would be allowed, if the old laws were meant for Christians today.
Ron's Numbers Chapter 19 comment on 2/28/2011, 10:22am...
Interesting point to me: In vs 16 and 18, the people touching a dead body are unclean and had to be purified. They were ceremonially unclean for 7 days and could not go into the Tabernacle. When Jesus died on the cross, all the people who handled His body would have been unclean for seven days according to this passage. The irony of it is that Jesus' death and resurrection ushered in the New Testament age. Therefore the Temple and OT practices were no longer necessary. So would those people handling Jesus' body still have to go for cleansing? I think not. Besides, the vail in the Temple was torn in two. What believer in Jesus would want to go in there anyway?
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