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Shavuot

שבעת

The moed of Shavuot is also known as the Feast of Weeks (shavuot means “weeks”).  In Christian nomenclature it is often called Pentecost (which comes from the Greek word pentekostes meaning “fiftieth”).  It occurs about 50 days after Passover.

What does Scripture says about this festival and its related commandments? What are we to do and when are we to do it?

Oh YaHuWaH please “open our eyes that we might behold wonderful things from your Torah” and see our risen Messiah in this moed.  Scripture was given to speak of Him and we should listen and hear its voice… His voice… especially during these special times.

 What Scripture Says About Shavuot

Shavuot [שׁבעת, singular shavua, means “weeks”.  שׁבעה / שׁבע / שׁבוּע

shâbûa‛ / shâbûa‛ / shebû‛âh

BDB Definition:

1) seven, period of seven (days or years), heptad, week

1a) period of seven days, a week

1a1) Feast of Weeks

1b) heptad, seven (of years)

Part of Speech: noun masculine Scripture calls this moed the “Feast of Weeks” in Exodus 34:22.

“And perform the Festival of Shaḇu’ot for yourself, of the first-fruits of wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year.” Shemoth (Exodus) 34:22

Pentecost [πεντηκοστη, pentekostes,] means “fiftieth”.  Scripture calls this moed the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1 and the Septuagint uses a form of this word to refer to the “fiftieth” year (or Jubilee) when the captives are to be released and the Land returned to its original owners in Leviticus 25:10.

“And when the Day of the Festival of Shaḇu‛ot had come, they were all with one mind in one place.” Ma`asei (Acts) 2:1

“And you shall set the fiftieth year apart, and proclaim release throughout all the land to all its inhabitants, it is a Yoḇel for you. And each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you return to his clan.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:10

Shavuot is the second of the three pilgrimage festivals when all Israelite males are to appear before the YaHuWaH, the Elohim of Yisra’El (Exodus 34:22-23).

“And perform the Festival of Shaḇu’ot for yourself, of the first-fruits of wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year. “Three times in the year all your men are to appear before the Master, יהוה, the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl,” Shemoth (Exodus) 34:22-23

Shavuot is also called the Day of the First Fruits or Yom Habukkurim (Numbers 28:26) which is from the latter harvest.

“And on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to יהוה at your Festival of Shaḇu’ot, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:26

 Who:

All the sons of Yisra’El. (Leviticus 23:10)

“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:10

What:

Special commands

  • You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths (Leviticus 23:15).

“And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:15

  • You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath (Leviticus 23:16)

“Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:16

  • On this day you shall make a proclamation as well (Leviticus 23:21)

“And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:21

  • You are to have a set-apart gathering (Leviticus 23:21, Numbers 28:26)

“And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:21

“And on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to יהוה at your Festival of Shaḇu’ot, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:26

  • You shall do no laborious work (Leviticus 23:21, Numbers 28:26)

“And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:21

“And on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to יהוה at your Festival of Shaḇu’ot, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:26

  • This is to be a perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations (Leviticus 23:21)

“And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:21

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Offerings

  • You shall present a new grain offering to YaHuWaH (Leviticus 23:16, Numbers 28:26).

“Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:16

“And on the day of the first-fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to יהוה at your Festival of Shaḇu’ot, you have a set-apart gathering, you do no servile work.” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:26

  • You shall bring in from your dwelling places two [loaves?] of bread for a wave offering made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to YaHuWaH. (Leviticus 23:17)

“Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:17

  • Along with the bread you shall present a burnt offering to YaHuWaH:
  • seven one-year-old male lambs without defect (Leviticus 23:18, Numbers 28:27)

“And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:18

“And you shall bring near an ascending offering as a sweet fragrance to יהוה: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs a year old,” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:27

    • a bull of the herd (Leviticus 23:18, Numbers 28:27)

“And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:18

“And you shall bring near an ascending offering as a sweet fragrance to יהוה: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs a year old,” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:27

    • two rams (Leviticus 23:18, Numbers 28:27)

“And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:18

“And you shall bring near an ascending offering as a sweet fragrance to יהוה: two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs a year old,” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:27

  • These shall be offered with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to YaHuWaH (Leviticus 23:18, Numbers 28:28-29)

“And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:18

“with their grain offering of fine flour mixed with oil: three-tenths of an ĕphah for each bull, two-tenths for the one ram, one-tenth for each of the seven lambs,” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:28-29

    • three tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for each bull
    • two tenths of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for each ram
    • one tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for each lamb
  • You shall also offer one male goat for a sin offering (Leviticus 23:19, Numbers 28:30)

“And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a slaughter of peace offerings.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:19

“one male goat to make atonement for you,” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 28:30

  • You shall also offer two male lambs one year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings (Leviticus 23:19)

“And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a slaughter of peace offerings.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:19

  • The priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering with two lambs before YaHuWaH; they are to be set-apart unto YaHuWaH for the priest (Leviticus 23:20)

“And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:20

When:

  • When you enter the Land which YaHuWaH is going to give to you (Leviticus 23:10)

“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:10

  • When you reap the harvest of the Land (Leviticus 23:10)

“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:10

  • On the fiftieth day counted after the Sabbath of Pesach (Leviticus 23:11, 16)

“And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it. Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:11,16

Where:

In the Land of Yisra’El (Leviticus 23:10)

“Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 23:10

According to Leviticus 17:3-9, all offerings must be made in the Tabernacle (or later the Temple) in Jerusalem, where YaHuWaH placed His Name forever (1 Kings 9:3).

“Any man from the house of Yisra’ĕl who slays a bull or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or who slays it outside the camp,” and does not bring it to the door of the Tent of Appointment, to bring an offering to יהוה before the Dwelling Place of יהוה, blood-guilt is reckoned to that man. He has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off from among his people, in order that the children of Yisra’ĕl bring their slaughterings which they slaughter in the open field. And they shall bring them to יהוה at the door of the Tent of Appointment, to the priest, and slaughter them as slaughterings of peace offerings to יהוה. “And the priest shall sprinkle the blood on the slaughter-place of יהוה at the door of the Tent of Appointment, and shall burn the fat for a sweet fragrance to יהוה. And let them no longer slaughter their slaughterings to demons, after whom they whored. This is a law forever for them throughout their generations.” “And say to them, ‘Any man of the house of Yisra’ĕl, or of the strangers who sojourn among you, who offers an ascending offering or slaughtering, and does not bring it to the door of the Tent of Appointment, to do it to יהוה, that man shall be cut off from among his people.” Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 17:3-9 

“And יהוה said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me. I have set this house apart which you have built to put My Name there forever, and My eyes and My heart shall always be there.” Melaḵim Aleph (1 Kings) 9:3

Other Observations

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The moed of Shavuot provides a picture of YaHuWaH’s provision of all of our needs.  The physical need that is met is pictured by the grain used to make the bread offering. YaHuWaH provides for our physical needs.  Shavuot is YaHuWaH’s approved process for giving thanks for His provision.  How do we know our physical needs will be met?  YaHuWaH makes a conditional promise in Deuteronomy:

“And it shall be that if you diligently obey My commands which I command you today, to love יהוה your Elohim and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your being, then I shall give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, and you shall gather in your grain, and your new wine, and your oil. And I shall give grass in your fields for your livestock, and you shall eat and be satisfied.” Deḇarim (Deuteronomy) 11:13-15 

In one Psalm of Praise, King David spoke of YaHuWaH’s provision of all creatures:

“Opening Your hand and satisfying The desire of all that live.” Tehillim (Psalms) 145:16 

Finding Messiah in Shavuot

A Kinsman Redeemer

It is the greatest love story ever told: a treasured woman is enslaved, beaten, and in chains. Her beloved arrives to free her, vanquishes her captors, and whisks her away to safe, hidden retreat.  There, he comforts her, confesses his great love for her, and proposes.

This is the story of YaHuWaH and His beloved, Yisra’El.

He saved her from slavery, defeated the Egyptians and their “gods”, and carried her safely through the desert, the Red Sea, and the wilderness to Mount Sinai.

The Torah is considered to be a wedding contract between YaHuWaH and His bride, Yisra’El in a betrothal ceremony at Mt. Sinai.  Jeremiah refers to YaHuWaH as the Husband (Jeremiah 31:31-32) and several references are made in Scripture to Yisra’El as His bride (e.g. Isaiah 62:1-5).  One of the most powerful of these references is the entire book of Hosea where Yisra’El is portrayed as a harlotrous wife following after false gods.

“See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when I shall make a renewed covenant with the house of Yisra’ĕl and with the house of Yehuḏah, not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I strengthened their hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares יהוה.” Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:31-32

“For Tsiyon’s sake I am not silent, and for Yerushalayim’s sake I do not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her deliverance as a lamp that burns. And the nations shall see your righteousness and all sovereigns your esteem. And you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of יהוה designates. And you shall be a crown of comeliness in the hand of יהוה, and a royal head-dress in the hand of your Elohim. No longer are you called “Forsaken,” and no longer is your land called “Deserted.” But you shall be called “Ḥephtsiḇah,” and your land “Married,” for יהוה shall delight in you, and your land be married. For as a young man marries a maiden, so shall your sons marry you. And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your Elohim rejoice over you.” Yeshayah (Isaiah) 62:1-5

The book of Ruth relates the story of another kinsman redeemer who saved his beloved: Boaz.  Boaz and Ruth are the ancestors of both King David and Messiah.

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Two loaves?

This moed requires the offering of two loaves of the firstfruits from among the wheat “baked with leaven as first fruits to YaHuWaH” (Leviticus 23:17).  If leaven represents sin then we know this offering cannot represent Messiah, Himself, because He was without sin (Hebrews 4:15).  Believers, however, do have sin in their lives and yet the Gentile believers of the past two millennia are only the first fruits of the harvest of Yisra’El (James 1:18, Romans 11:11-12).  Why are there two loaves offered?  Perhaps to symbolize the house of Yahudah and the house of Ephraim.

“Having purposed it, He brought us forth by the Word of truth, for us to be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures.” Ya‛aqoḇ (James) 1:18

“I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Let it not be! But by their fall deliverance has come to the nations, to provoke them to jealousy. And if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the nations, how much more their completeness!” Romiyim (Romans) 11:11-12

We also see the “bride” was actually made into a unity on Shavuot when the Ruach haKodesh was given to the believers.  YaHuWaH’s Ruach distinguished between who was the bride and who was not.

The Traditions of Shavuot

Shavuot is richly filled with traditions and symbolism.  Many of the elements center around the tradition that the Israelites received the Torah at Mt. Sinai on Shavuot.  While there is no concrete evidence from Scripture for such a date, it is a very strongly held belief.

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Shavua Tov

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“The heavens are Yours, The earth also is Yours; The world and all that fills it. You have founded them. North and south – You have created them; Taḇor and Ḥermon rejoice in Your Name. You have a mighty arm, Your hand is strong, Your right hand exalted. Righteousness and right-ruling Are the foundation of Your throne; Loving-commitment and truth go before Your face. Blessed are the people Who know the sounding! They walk, O יהוה, in the light of Your face. In Your Name they rejoice all day long, And they are exalted in Your righteousness. For You are the comeliness of their strength, And by Your good pleasure our horn is exalted. For יהוה is our shield, And the Set-apart One of Yisra’ĕl is our Sovereign.”
‭‭Tehillim (Psalms)‬ ‭89:11-18

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“Let us hear the conclusion of the entire matter: Fear Elohim and guard His commands, for this applies to all mankind! For Elohim shall bring every work into right-ruling, including all that is hidden, whether good or whether evil.” Qoheleth (Eccl)‬ ‭12:13-14

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THE RED HEIFER

Does the Lamb of YaHuWaH take away the sins of the world?

Before you begin to reason with your ‘church’ mindset, let us look into WHY THE PASSOVER LAMB WAS ONLY FOR REDEMPTION!

The Passover Lamb is not a salvation issue.

Passover is the redemption of the first born.

You cannot put on a white robe without the red heifer sacrifice.

We are talking about sanctification and not salvation.

  • Redemption
  • Sanctification
  • Reconciliation
  • Justification
  • Restoration

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The children would sanctify the Kohen

The priestly pregnant women would give birth to their children in the temple courts and leave them there until they were 8 years old to train them for the ritual of the water of purification.

The young children were sent to the pool of Siloam to gather the water for the ashes of the Red Heifer.  The water of the pool was called The Waters of Yahusha.

The floor of the Temple was hollow between the floor and the ground beneath.  There was a space of a hand as a precaution to not become unclean.  According to the Pharisees they could become unclean through the floor is someone was buried underneath the floor.

The mystery of the ashes of sanctification was not easy to explain.  Even King Solomon could not understand the ritual.

  • How can a priest become unclean without touching an unclean person or thing
  • Lepers
  • Women in Niddah (menstrual cycle)
  • Touching a dead animal
  • Touching or sitting on something unclean

These for the most part were the common ways to be considered unclean.

Until Numbers 19! – which is a shadow of the work of Messiah and how He would bring sanctification for Yisra’El, therefore fulfilling every biblical requirement of the sacrifice.

“And יהוה spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, saying, “This is a law of the Torah which יהוה has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, that they bring you a red heifer, a perfect one, in which there is no blemish and on which a yoke has never come. And you shall give it to Eli‛ezer the priest, and he shall bring it outside the camp, and shall slay it before him. And Eli‛ezer the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times toward the front of the Tent of Appointment. And the heifer shall be burned before his eyes – he burns its hide, and its flesh, and its blood, and its dung. And the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and throw them into the midst of the fire burning the heifer. The priest shall then wash his garments, and shall bathe his body in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest is unclean until evening. And he who is burning it washes his garments in water, and shall bathe his body in water, and is unclean until evening. And a clean man shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and shall place them outside the camp in a clean place. And they shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl for the water for uncleanness, it is for cleansing from sin. And he who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his garments, and is unclean until evening. And it shall be a law forever to the children of Yisra’ĕl and to the stranger who sojourns in their midst.”  Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 19:1-10

We have noticed that in the Red Heifer sacrifice there was an altar for the offering to be accepted.

Yahusha said, Matthew 23:18,19, “And, Whoever swears by the slaughter-place, it does not matter, but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, is bound by oath. Fools and blind!  For which is greater, the gift or the slaughter-place that sets the gift apart?

Christianity teaches that Messiah died to the North of the City.

All the walls that were there on the Temple mount were high, with the exception of the Eastern Wall, so that the Priest who burned the Red Heifer stood on top of the Mount of Olives and was able to see directly into the Entrance of the Sanctuary when the blood was tossed.

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Yahusha was a sacrifice and according to the Torah the altar sanctifies the offering.

The question – WHERE IS THE ALTAR WHERE YAHUSHA DIED?

What people saw when Yahusha died:-

  • The veil torn
  • There was a garden
  • Tomb was there also

And it was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over all the land, until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the Dwelling Place was torn in two. And crying out with a loud voice, יהושע said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” And having said this, He breathed His last. And the captain, seeing what took place, praised Elohim, saying, “Truly, this Man was righteous!” And when all the crowds who had gathered to that sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. Luqas (Luke) 23:44-48

And יהושע cried out again with a loud voice, and gave up His spirit. And see, the veil of the Dwelling Place was torn in two from top to bottom, and the earth was shaken, and the rocks were split, and the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the set-apart ones who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection, they went into the set-apart city and appeared to many. And when the captain and those with him, who were guarding יהושע, saw the earthquake and all that took place, they feared exceedingly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of Elohim!” Mattithyahu (Matthew) 27:50-54

And יהושע cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last. And the veil of the Dwelling Place was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the captain, who was standing opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of Elohim!” Marqos (Mark) 15:37-39

What was the process of anointment for the Kohen haGadol?

During the first and second Temple period:-

  1. The High Priest was anointed on The Mount of Olives
  2. Another name for that mountain was The Mount of Anointment
  3. The way to anoint the Priest was with the Sign of the Tav (t)
  4. The ashes of the Red Heifer were kept in three places in Yisra’El. The Mount of Olives, The Temple Courts in a special room made of stone and the rest was sent all through the Land of Yisra’El in the Leviticus cities
  5. This gives us a hint as to why Yahusha died on a stake, the sign of the ‘t’ in Paleo Hebrew

This sacrifice was also the mark of salvation and the inheritance of Yisra’El given to Abraham.

After these events the word of יהוה came to Aḇram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Aḇram. I am your shield, your reward is exceedingly great.” And Aḇram said, “Master יהוה, what would You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eli‛ezer of Dammeseq?” And Aḇram said, “See, You have given me no seed, and see, one born in my house is my heir!” And see, the word of יהוה came to him, saying, “This one is not your heir, but he who comes from your own body is your heir.” And He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward the heavens, and count the stars if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So are your seed.” And he believed in יהוה, and He reckoned it to him for righteousness. And He said to him, “I am יהוה, who brought you out of Ur-kasdim, to give you this land to inherit it.” And he said, “Master יהוה, whereby do I know that I possess it?” And He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, and a three-year-old female goat, and a three-year-old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” And he took all these to Him and cut them in the middle, and placed each half opposite the other, but he did not cut the birds. And the birds of prey came down on the carcasses, and Aḇram drove them away. And it came to be, when the sun was going down, and a deep sleep fell upon Aḇram, that see, a frightening great darkness fell upon him. And He said to Aḇram, “Know for certain that your seed are to be sojourners in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them four hundred years. “But the nation whom they serve I am going to judge, and afterward let them come out with great possessions. “Now as for you, you are to go to your fathers in peace, you are to be buried at a good old age. “Then, in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the crookedness of the Amorites is not yet complete.” And it came to be, when the sun went down and it was dark, that see, a smoking oven and a burning torch passing between those pieces. On the same day יהוה made a covenant with Aḇram, saying, “I have given this land to your seed, from the river of Mitsrayim to the great river, the River Euphrates, with the Qĕynite, and the Qenizzite, and the Qaḏmonite, and the Ḥittite, and the Perizzite, and the Repha’im, and the Amorite, and the Kena‛anite, and the Girgashite, and the Yeḇusite.”  Berĕshith (Genesis) 15:1-21

Genesis 15 explains prophetically why Yahusha needed to die – to restore Yisra’El back to the Covenant!

  • Eli‛ezer – Help of YaHuWaH
  • Heifer – Female shadow of Yisra’El
  • YaHuWaH walked through the pieces – Unconditional Covenant
  • Five different types of animals – same as in Leviticus
  • Five – Favor
  • 400 years – 4, 4000, Yahusha came on the 4th day from Creation on the 4000 years

This chapter is showing us the plan of salvation and unconditional love of our Creator outlining His plan for restoration.

The sacrificed of an unyoked heifer also involves guilt and judgment.

“When anyone is found slain, lying in the field in the land which יהוה your Elohim is giving you to possess, and it is not known who struck him, then your elders and your judges shall go out, and they shall measure the distance from the slain man to the cities round about. “And it shall be that the elders of the city nearest to the slain man shall take a heifer which has not been worked and which has not pulled with a yoke, and the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a wadi with flowing water, which is neither ploughed nor sown, and they shall break the heifer’s neck there in the wadi. “And the priests, the sons of Lĕwi, shall come near, for יהוה your Elohim has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the Name of יהוה, and by their mouth every strife and every stroke is tried . “And let all the elders of that city nearest to the slain man wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the wadi. “And they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it. O יהוה, forgive Your people Yisra’ĕl, whom You have ransomed, and do not allow innocent blood in the midst of Your people Yisra’ĕl.’ And the blood-guilt shall be pardoned to them. “Thus you purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst when you do what is right in the eyes of יהוה.  Deḇarim (Deuteronomy) 21:1-9

In this way also, the guilt of innocent blood was purged from Yisra’El.  The unyoked requirement signifies freedom from slavery to another religious system.

And when Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but rather an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this Righteous One. You shall see to it.”  Mattithyahu (Matthew) 27:24

THE JUDGMENT AGAINST YAHUSHA AND THE ACTIONS OF PILATE PARALLEL THE RITUAL FOUND IN DEUTERONOMY 21.

Yahusha in Numbers 19:-

RED                                                                        SIN

HEIFER (female)                                               YISRA’EL

BLEMISH                                                              SINFUL

YOKE                                                                     DOGMA OF MAN

ELI’EZER                                                               HELP OF YAHUWAH

OUTSIDE THE CAMP                                       MOUNT OF OLIVES

7 TIMES                                                                PERFECT PLAN OF YAHUWAH

WOOD                                                                  HUMANITY

HYSSOP                                                               HEALING PROPERTIES

SCARLET                                                               RED/SIN

UNTIL EVEN                                                        YAHUSHA BURIED AT SUNDOWN

MAN THAT IS CLEAN                                      NICODEMUS, JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA

CLEAN PLACE                                                     YAHUSHA WAS BURIED IN A NEW GRAVE

“And I looked and saw that you had sinned against יהוה your Elohim, and had made for yourselves a moulded calf! You had quickly turned aside from the way which יהוה had commanded you. And I took the two tablets and threw them out of my two hands and broke them before your eyes,” “and I fell down before יהוה, as at the first, forty days and forty nights. I did not eat bread and I did not drink water, because of all your sins which you committed in doing evil in the eyes of יהוה, to provoke Him. “For I was afraid of the displeasure and rage with which יהוה was wroth with you, to destroy you. But יהוה listened to me that time once more. “And יהוה was very enraged with Aharon, to destroy him, so I prayed for Aharon at that time also. “And I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it and ground it very small, until it was as fine as dust. And I threw its dust into the stream that came down from the mountain.  Deḇarim (Deuteronomy) 9:16-21

In  the book of John we see a hint about the wedding (Canaan)

And there were six stone water-jugs standing there, according to the mode of cleansing of the Yehuḏim, each holding two or three measures.  Yoḥanan (John) 2:6

  1. Six – 6000 / time of humanity before the coming of Messiah
  2. Water – Ruach haKodesh
  3. Stone – Rock (Yahusha is the Rock)

Many things were done outside the camp according to the sacrificial system in Torah.

The Place of Offerings

Blasphemers

And the son of an Yisra’ĕli woman, whose father was a Mitsrian man, went out among the children of Yisra’ĕl. And the Yisra’ĕli woman’s son and a man of Yisra’ĕl strove in the camp. And the Yisra’ĕli woman’s son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. So they brought him to Mosheh. Now his mother’s name was Shelomith the daughter of Diḇri, of the tribe of Dan. And they put him under guard, that it might be declared to them at the mouth of יהוה. And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Bring the one who has cursed outside the camp, and all those who heard him shall lay their hands on his head, and all the congregation shall stone him. “And speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, saying, ‘Anyone who curses his Elohim shall bear his sin. ‘And he who blasphemes the Name of יהוה shall certainly be put to death, and all the congregation certainly stone him, the stranger as well as the native. When he blasphemes the Name, he is put to death. Wayyiqra 24:10-16

Bulls

And יהוה spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, saying, “This is a law of the Torah which יהוה has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, that they bring you a red heifer, a perfect one, in which there is no blemish and on which a yoke has never come. And you shall give it to Eli‛ezer the priest, and he shall bring it outside the camp, and shall slay it before him. And Eli‛ezer the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, and sprinkle some of its blood seven times toward the front of the Tent of Appointment. And the heifer shall be burned before his eyes – he burns its hide, and its flesh, and its blood, and its dung. And the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and throw them into the midst of the fire burning the heifer. The priest shall then wash his garments, and shall bathe his body in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest is unclean until evening. And he who is burning it washes his garments in water, and shall bathe his body in water, and is unclean until evening. And a clean man shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and shall place them outside the camp in a clean place. And they shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Yisra’ĕl for the water for uncleanness, it is for cleansing from sin.  Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 19:1-9

Yom haKippurim (bull and goat)

And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Please turn away from the tents of these wrong men! Do not touch whatever belongs to them, lest you be consumed in all their sins.” Then they moved away from around the tents of Qoraḥ, Dathan, and Aḇiram. And Dathan and Aḇiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, with their wives, and their sons, and their little children.  Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 16:26-27

The Ordination Offering

“And you shall bring near the bull before the Tent of Appointment, and Aharon and his sons shall lay their hands on the head of the bull. And you shall slay the bull before יהוה, by the door of the Tent of Appointment,” and take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the slaughter-place with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the slaughter-place. “And you shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, and the appendage on the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them, and burn them on the slaughter-place. “But the flesh of the bull, and its skin and its dung, you shall burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin offering.  Shemoth (Exodus) 29:10-14

Mount of Olives the Place of Worship

And Tsaḏoq and Eḇyathar took the ark of Elohim back to Yerushalayim, and they remained there. And Dawiḏ went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up. And he had his head covered and went barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went up. And Dawiḏ was informed, saying, “Aḥithophel is among the conspirators with Aḇshalom.” And Dawiḏ said, “O יהוה, I pray You, make the counsel of Aḥithophel foolish!” And it came to be that Dawiḏ came to the summit, where he bowed himself before Elohim, and saw Ḥushai the Arkite, coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head.  Shemu’ĕl Bĕt (2 Samuel) 15:29-32

Unintentional Sin by the Anointed Priest

‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then he shall bring to יהוה for his sin which he has sinned a young bull, a perfect one, as a sin offering, and he shall bring the bull to the door of the Tent of Appointment before יהוה, and shall lay his hand on the bull’s head, and slay the bull before יהוה. ‘And the anointed priest shall take some of the bull’s blood and bring it to the Tent of Appointment, and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before יהוה, in front of the veil of the set-apart place. ‘And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the slaughter-place of sweet incense before יהוה, which is in the Tent of Appointment, and pour all the blood of the bull at the base of the slaughter-place of the ascending offering, which is at the door of the Tent of Appointment. ‘Then he takes all the fat of the bull as the sin offering, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat which is on the entrails, and the two kidneys and the fat that is on them by the loins, and the appendage on the liver, which he removes with the kidneys, “as it was taken from the bull of the slaughtering of peace offerings . And the priest shall burn them on the slaughter-place of the ascending offering. ‘But the skin of the bull, and all its flesh, with its head and legs, its entrails and dung – all of the bull – he shall bring outside the camp to a clean place, where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood with fire. Where the ashes are poured out it is burned.  Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 4:3-12

Unintentional Sin for the whole community of Yisra’El

‘And if the entire congregation of Yisra’ĕl strays by mistake, and the matter has been hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done against any of the commands of יהוה, which are not to be done, and shall be guilty, when the sin which they have sinned becomes known, then the assembly shall bring a young bull for the sin, and bring it before the Tent of Appointment. ‘And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before יהוה, and the bull shall be slain before יהוה. ‘And the anointed priest shall bring some of the bull’s blood to the Tent of Appointment, and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before יהוה, in front of the veil, and put some of the blood on the horns of the slaughter-place which is before יהוה, which is in the Tent of Appointment, and pour all the blood at the base of the slaughter-place of ascending offering, which is at the door of the Tent of Appointment. ‘Then he takes all the fat from it and shall burn it on the slaughter-place. ‘And he shall do with the bull as he did with the bull as a sin offering – so shall he do it. And the priest shall make atonement for them, and it shall be forgiven them. ‘And he shall bring the bull outside the camp, and burn it as he burned the first bull. It is a sin offering for the assembly.  Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 4:13-21

The ashes of all burnt offerings

And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Command Aharon and his sons, saying, ‘This is the Torah of the ascending offering: This is the ascending offering, because it is burned on the slaughter-place all night until morning, and the fire of the slaughter-place is kept burning on it. ‘And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and put his linen trousers on his body, and shall take up the ashes of the ascending offering which the fire has consumed on the slaughter-place, and shall put them beside the slaughter-place. ‘And he shall take off his garments, and put on other garments, and shall bring the ashes outside the camp to a clean place.  Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 6:8-11

Ordination Sin Offering

And Mosheh brought the sons of Aharon and put long shirts on them, and girded them with girdles, and put turbans on them, as יהוה had commanded Mosheh. And he brought the bull for the sin offering, and Aharon and his sons laid their hands on the head of the bull for the sin offering, and it was slain. And Mosheh took the blood, and put some on the horns of the slaughter-place all around with his finger, and cleansed the slaughter-place. And he poured the blood at the base of the slaughter-place, and set it apart, to make atonement for it. And he took all the fat that was on the entrails, and the appendage on the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat, and Mosheh burned them on the slaughter-place. And the bull, and its skin, and its flesh, and its dung, he burned with fire outside the camp, as יהוה had commanded Mosheh. Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 8:13-17

Sin Offering for the People

And Mosheh said to Aharon, “Go to the slaughter-place, and prepare your sin offering and your ascending offering, and make atonement for yourself and for the people. And make the offering of the people, and make atonement for them, as יהוה has commanded.” So Aharon came near to the slaughter-place and slew the calf of the sin offering, which was for himself. And the sons of Aharon brought the blood to him, and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it on the horns of the slaughter-place, and poured the blood at the base of the slaughter-place. And the fat, and the kidneys, and the appendage on the liver of the sin offering he burned on the slaughter-place, as יהוה had commanded Mosheh. And the flesh and the skin he burned with fire outside the camp.  Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 9:7-11

Lepers typology of SIN taken outside the camp

“And when a man loses the hair of his head, he is bald, he is clean. “And if the hair has fallen from his forehead, he is bald on the forehead, he is clean. “And when there is on the bald head or bald forehead a reddish-white infection, it is leprosy breaking out on his bald head or his bald forehead. And the priest shall look at it and see, if the swelling of the infection is reddish-white on his bald head or on his bald forehead, as the appearance of leprosy on the skin of the body,” he is a leprous man, he is unclean. The priest shall pronounce him unclean, without fail, his infection is on his head. “As for the leper who has the infection, his garments are torn, and his head is uncovered, and he has to cover his upper lip and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ “He is unclean – all the days he has the infection he is unclean. He is unclean, and he dwells alone, his dwelling place is outside the camp.  Wayyiqra (Leviticus) 13:40-46

And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, “Command the children of Yisra’ĕl to send out of the camp every leper, and everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled for a being. “Send out both male and female, send them outside the camp, so that they do not defile their camps in the midst of which I dwell.” And the children of Yisra’ĕl did so, to send them outside the camp. As יהוה had spoken to Mosheh, so the children of Yisra’ĕl did.  Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 5:1-4

Names of The Mount of Olives in scripture and Temple Service Ritual

  • Outside the Camp
  • Outside the Gate
  • Clean Place
  • Mount of Anointment
  • Mountain where Elohim was worshipped

In biblical history meaningful events have happened east of the Mount of Olives

  • Adam was expelled eastward out of the garden

and He drove the man out. And He placed keruḇim at the east of the garden of Ěḏen, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. Berĕshith (Genesis) 3:24

  • Cain lived east in Nod

So Qayin went out from the presence of יהוה and dwelt in the land of Noḏ on the east of Ěḏen. Berĕshith (Genesis) 4:16

  • Abram pitched his tents here

And from there he moved to the mountain east of Bĕyth Ěl, and he pitched his tent, with Bĕyth Ěl on the west and Ai on the east. And he built there a slaughter-place to יהוה, and called on the Name of יהוה.  Berĕshith (Genesis) 12:8

  • Lot travelled east toward Sodom

So Lot chose for himself all the plain of the Yardĕn, and Lot moved east. Thus they separated from each other.   Berĕshith (Genesis) 13:11

  • Cherubim were there

and He drove the man out. And He placed keruḇim at the east of the garden of Ěḏen, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.  Berĕshith (Genesis) 3:24

  • Tribes on the east go first

“And when you blow a shout, the camps that lie on the east side shall depart.” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 10:5

  • Judah camped east of the Tabernacle

“And on the east side, towards sunrise: those of the banner of the camp of Yehuḏah camp according to their divisions. And the leader of the children of Yehuḏah: Naḥshon, son of Amminaḏaḇ.”  Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 2:3

  • Moses and Aaron camped east of the Tabernacle

“And those who were to camp before the Dwelling Place on the east, before the Tent of Appointment, were Mosheh and Aharon, and his sons, guarding the duty of the set-apart place, and the duty of the children of Yisra’ĕl. But the stranger who came near was to be put to death.” Bemiḏbar (Numbers) 3:38

  • The ten tribes of Yisra’El taken eastward as captives

“In the ninth year of Hoshĕa, the sovereign of Ashshur captured Shomeron and exiled Yisra’ĕl to Ashshur, and settled them in Ḥalaḥ and Ḥaḇor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.”  Melaḵim Bĕt (2 Kings) 17:6

  • Two tribes were taken eastward into captivity

“And the sovereign of Baḇel struck them and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Ḥamath. So he exiled Yehuḏah from its own land.  Melaḵim Bĕt (2 Kings) 25:21

  • Mount of Olives was a place where people worshipped YaHuWaH

“And Dawiḏ went up by the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up. And he had his head covered and went barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went up. And Dawiḏ was informed, saying, “Aḥithophel is among the conspirators with Aḇshalom.” And Dawiḏ said, “O יהוה, I pray You, make the counsel of Aḥithophel foolish!” And it came to be that Dawiḏ came to the summit, where he bowed himself before Elohim, and saw Ḥushai the Arkite, coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head.”  Shemu’ĕl Bĕt (2 Samuel) 15:30-32

  • The Shekinah of YaHuWaH withdrew eastward

“And the esteem of יהוה went from the threshold of the House and stood over the keruḇim. And the keruḇim lifted their wings and rose from the earth before my eyes. When they went out, the wheels were beside them. And it stood at the door of the east gate of the House of יהוה, and the esteem of the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl was above them.”  Yehezqĕl (Ezekiel) 10:18-19

“And the keruḇim lifted up their wings, with the wheels beside them, and the esteem of the Elohim of Yisra’ĕl was high above them. And the esteem of יהוה went up from the midst of the city and stood upon the mountain, which is on the east side of the city.” Yehezqĕl (Ezekiel) 11:22-23

  • Mount of Olives will split in the second coming of Messiah

“See, a day shall come for יהוה, and your spoil shall be divided in your midst. And I shall gather all the nations to battle against Yerushalayim. And the city shall be taken, the houses plundered, and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into exile, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city. And יהוה shall go forth, and He shall fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day His feet shall stand upon the Mount of Olives, which faces Yerushalayim on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, a very great valley, and half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south. And you shall flee to the valley of My mountain – for the valley of the mountains reaches to Atsal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziyah sovereign of Yehuḏah. And יהוה my Elohim shall come – all the set-apart ones with You.” Zeḵaryah (Zechariah) 14:1-5

  • Messiah was crucified on The Mount of Olives
  • Messiah was buried on the Mount of Olives
  • Messiah ascended to Heaven from the Mount of Olives

Yehezqĕl (Ezekiel) tells us about the prophecy of Sanctification at the coming of Messiah.

“And I shall sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean – from all your filthiness and from all your idols I cleanse you. “And I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. And I shall take the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I shall give you a heart of flesh,”  Yehezqĕl (Ezekiel) 36:25-26

BIBLICAL EVIDENCE TO PROVE WHERE YAHUSHA DIED

“We have a slaughter-place from which those serving the Tent have no authority to eat. For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the Set-apart Place by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. And so יהושע also suffered outside the gate, to set apart the people with His own blood. Let us, then, go to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.”  Iḇ`rim (Hebrews) 13:10-13

  1. Outside the Camp – Mount of Olives
  2. Outside the Gate – Eastern Gate which overlooks the Mount of Olives
  3. Verse 12 plainly tells us that Yahusha was taken outside the Camp
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The Red Heifer 1

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‘The red heifer’/PeRaH-ADaMaH

“פרה אדומה”

Then YaHuWaH spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “This is the statute of the law which YaHuWaH has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Yisra’El that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed.” – Num. 19:1-2

It was a command of YaHuWaH given to Moses and Aaron for the sons of Yisra’El to bring a certain cow; a red heifer.

The Red Heifer

The Hebrew phrase for “red heifer” is “פרה אדומה” – “parah adumah” and literally means “red cow,” however in the verses quoted above, we read the term “red heifer” because a heifer more specifically describes the kind of cow which was to be brought to Moses and Aaron. A heifer is defined as “a young female cow over one year old that has not produced a calf.” It was to be a particular kind of cow and it was to be a particular color as well, red.

The red heifer that the children of Yisra’El were to bring to Moses and Aaron had to meet all of the criteria that the YaHuWaH specified:

    “unblemished” – “תמימה” – “temimah” – “whole” or “complete”

“no defect” – “אין בה מום” – “ein bo mum” – “no spot or defect in it”

“on which a yoke has never been placed” – “אשר לא עלה עליה עול” – “asher lo alah alei’ah ol”

This young, female, red cow had to fit these specifications exactly. She could never have worked a day in her life. She needed to be whole and complete, without any spot or defect in anyway. She had to be a perfect, red heifer.

After the red heifer was thoroughly checked to meet all of the above specifications, this perfect, young, female cow was then to be brought to the priest:

You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence. Next Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned. The priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the burning heifer. – Num. 19:3-6

The Kohen was to slaughter the red heifer, take some of its blood and sprinkle it towards the front of the tent of meeting seven times, and then burn the red heifer together with cedar, hyssop, and scarlet material. What was the purpose of this perfect sacrifice with these added materials?

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The Ashes of the Red Heifer

When all was said and done, the perfect red heifer was reduced to ashes, however, YaHuWaH had a particular function for these ashes within the community of Yisra’El:

Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and the congregation of the sons of Yisra’El shall keep it as water to remove impurity; it is purification from sin. The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening; and it shall be a perpetual statute to the sons of Yisra’El and to the alien who sojourns among them. – Num. 19:9

The ashes of the red heifer were to be used by the Yisraelites, and anyone who sojourned among them, as a means of cleansing and purification from sin.

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The Waters of Purification

The ashes of the red heifer together with water were a means of spiritual purification before YaHuWaH. This was not a magic potion to bring purification from all sin, but rather a means of purification when anyone became defiled through coming in contact with a dead person:

The one who touches the corpse of any person shall be unclean for seven days. That one shall purify himself from uncleanness with the water on the third day and on the seventh day, and then he will be clean; but if he does not purify himself on the third day and on the seventh day, he will not be clean. Anyone who touches a corpse, the body of a man who has died, and does not purify himself, defiles the tabernacle of YaHuWaH ; and that person shall be cut off from Yisra’El. Because the water for impurity was not sprinkled on him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is still on him. – Num. 19:11-13

Death is considered an unclean state and whenever a person came in contact with death, they needed to be purified. The ashes of the red heifer together with water were a means to make one ritually clean before YaHuWaH.

YaHuWaH’s Prescription for Cleansing

There are various scenarios that are detailed throughout the rest of this chapter in Numbers 19 to explain when a person is considered to be unclean by coming in contact with a dead person and how they were to be cleansed through the water and ash mixture (Num. 19:14-22). Outside of stating that the unclean person defiled the Tabernacle of YaHuWaH by their unclean state, no other explanation is given for this prescription of cleansing through the ashes of an unblemished red heifer together with cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet material. Why did YaHuWaH prescribe this exact formula for cleansing the Yisraelites from the impurity of death?

A Result of Disobedience

One of the most obvious answers regarding the timing of the giving of this ordinance for cleansing from the impurity of death is that it follows soon after the return of the twelve spies and the rejection of the majority of the people to go up and conquer the Land. As a result YaHuWaH judged the people and determined that the whole generation that was twenty years old and older, except Joshua and Caleb, would die in the wilderness:

But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. Your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness. According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition. I YaHuWaH, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die. – Num. 14:32-35

For forty years the children of Yisra’El would bury that whole generation of people who rebelled against the command of YaHuWaH. Death continually faces them during this time and YaHuWaH provided a means for them to purify themselves if and when they came in contact with a dead body.

This judgement on the generation of Yisra’El clearly provides a reason for why YaHuWaH had to provide a law instructing the people to be careful to cleanse themselves from the impurity of death, but it doesn’t answer the question of the red heifer and the added materials that were together turned into ashes. What was the purpose of this exact combination of materials for the waters of impurity?

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Why did YaHuWaH prescribe this exact formula for cleansing?

Throughout the Scripture, especially in the Torah, we see many examples of YaHuWaH prescribing exact formulas to be followed in order to establish Set Apartness and to provide a means for His people to worship Him in the manner which He so desires. Here are a few examples:

    The construction of the Tabernacle and all of its furnishings – Ex. 25:8-9

The formula for anointing oil – Ex. 30:22-33

The formula for incense – Ex. 30:34-38

The instructions for various sacrifices and offerings – Lev. 1-6

In each of the above examples from Scripture, YaHuWaH gave specific instructions to be carried out according to His commands.

YaHuWaH does not always tell us why He commands us to do certain things in a certain manner. He is the King of the universe and part of the walk of faith with YaHuWaH acknowledges that He makes the rules. This is exactly what we see in the instructions regarding the red heifer and the other materials that are burned to ash and mixed together with water to purify individuals. In order to remain in the camp of the Yisraelites with the presence of YaHuWaH dwelling in their midst, a person, whether an Yisraelite or a foreigner, had to be considered clean in YaHuWaH’s sight.

According to YaHuWaH’s Word, it was only the ashes of the red heifer together with water used in the prescribed way that were able to purify a person from the uncleanness of death (Num. 19:9-10). The irony of this ritual of cleansing is that it was through the death of a perfect red heifer that the Yisraelites were purified from the uncleanness associated with death. Through the death of the red heifer they were made clean and could continue to live in the presence of YaHuWaH.

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The Reason for the Red Heifer

There is no explanation in the Bible regarding why YaHuWaH specified this exact formula for the burning of a perfect red heifer together with cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet material in order to provide a means of cleansing. The former Chief Rabbi of the State of Yisra’El answered his own questions regarding YaHuWaH’s instructions for the red heifer in the following manner:

Why specifically a cow ? Why specifically red? Why must it be one which had never worn a yoke? Why do the ashes purify man? We don’t have definitive answers to these questions. They are all in the hands of YaHuWaH.” – Lau, Rabbi Yisra’El Meir. Practical Judaism. Modan Pub. Tel Aviv. p. 284

As Rabbi Lau has so eloquently stated, there are some things in life that must simply be left in the hands of YaHuWaH. YaHuWaH Himself sets the standard for holiness and He determines how we are made clean and set-apart in His sight.

YaHuWaH’s Cleansing Power

Despite all of the details found in the Torah which instruct the Yisraelites regarding how to be clean and set-apart before Almighty YaHuWaH, Elohim tells us through the prophet Ezekiel that YaHuWaH Himself will provide another cleansing water which will cleanse His people from the filth of all their sin:

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. – Ezekiel 36:25-27

This magnificent prophecy speaks of the cleansing from the filthiness of sin together with the promise of the giving of YaHuWaH’s Spirit to His people in order to lead them in His set-apart ways. In these verses we read about complete cleansing combined with faithful guidance through the indwelling of YaHuWaH’s Spirit.

This prophecy in Ezekiel 36 relates specifically to the nation of Yisra’El and YaHuWaH’s promise to restore the land and the people of Yisra’El for His Name’s sake. This prophecy is not dependent on the careful observance of YaHuWaH’s instructions but rather on YaHuWaH Himself:

Therefore say to the house of Yisra’El, ‘Thus says YaHuWaH, “It is not for your sake, O house of Yisra’El, that I am about to act, but for My set-apart name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went. I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst. Then the nations will know that I am the Almighty,” declares the YaHuWaH, “when I prove Myself set-apart among you in their sight…” – Ezekiel 36:22-24

It is YaHuWaH who acts on behalf of His people to bring about their great salvation and deliverance. YaHuWaH promised to deliver His people from the nations where they have been scattered, to bring them back to the Land of Yisra’El, to provide cleansing from their sinful ways, and to fill His people with His Ruach.

The Prescription for the Renewed Covenant

The promises of YaHuWaH in Ezekiel 36 are in keeping with YaHuWaH’s promise to establish a Renewed Covenant with His people and to provide complete forgiveness from sin (Jer. 31:31-34). This forgiveness of sin would not occur in a vacuum but rather in accordance with YaHuWaH’s prescribed plan to bring redemption through His Messiah, the Anointed One (Isaiah 53:4-6). YaHuWaH also declared that the Messiah would not only redeem His people Yisra’El but He would also be a light to the Gentiles (Isaiah 49:5-6).

YaHuWaH’s Specifications for the Messiah

Just as the red heifer had to fit the specifications that YaHuWaH prescribed, so would the Messiah (the Anointed One), have to meet certain criteria in order to fulfill this promise of YaHuWaH to purge His people from lawlessness:

He would be born in Bethlehem – Micah 5:2

He would be born of a virgin (literally “a young woman”) – Isaiah 7:14

He would be called Emanuel (“YaHuWaH with us”) – Isaiah 7:14

He would be a child that would be born and son that was given – Isaiah 9:6

He would bear many names: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty YaHuWaH, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6

He would reign eternally on the throne of David – Isaiah 9:7

He would reign as King on Mt. Zion – Ps. 2:6. Zech. 14:9,16

This is a brief list of the many prophecies regarding the Messiah who would come to bear the weight of the sin of the world and provide salvation from the judgment of sin for the house Yahudah and house of Yisra’El  alike.

The Red Heifer & The Messiah

Although the ashes of the red heifer provided a means of cleansing, this cleansing was only temporary and would have to be applied each time a person was defiled. Unlike the temporary cleansing by means of the ashes of the red heifer, the cleansing from sin that YaHuWaH would provide through His Messiah would be perpetual and eternal in accordance with the very nature of the Messiah Himself:

For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to YaHuWaH, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living YaHuWaH? For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. – Hebrews 9:13-15

The unique characteristic of the eternal nature of the Messiah provides an eternal source of cleansing that continually purifies those whose hope is in Him.

Through the death of the Messiah we who have been tainted by the lawlessness of this world can be made clean through the applying of His cleansing blood to our lives. This is the wisdom of YaHuWaH:

Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not YaHuWaH made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of YaHuWaH the world through its wisdom did not come to know YaHuWaH, YaHuWaH was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Messiah crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Messiah the power of YaHuWaH and the wisdom of YaHuWaH. Because the foolishness of YaHuWaH is wiser than men, and the weakness of YaHuWaH is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:20-25

YaHuWaH’s wisdom and His provision of cleansing from sin is foolishness to the world system in which live. YaHuWaH has invited us to believe in His Messiah, the embodiment of His power and His wisdom, who through His death offers us cleansing from sin and life eternal.

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Being Sprinkled By The Water of the Kohen haGadol

John/Yuchenun 15:3 “You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you.” … Stay IN Me…….. born of Water/Meyam …. and Spirit/Ruach

Immersion- going under the ‘water’… or could be better stated as: submission – to come under His Supreme Authority; as Ruler over ‘our body’

“Let my Instruction fall as rain, My speech distilled – as dew, As fine rain on the tender plants, And as showers on the grass. “For I proclaim the Name of יהוה, Ascribe Greatness to our Elohim. (Deut. 32:2-3) << His Word/s << the ‘clean’ waters that we ‘come under’.. immersed in… His Word/s that ‘teach’ us ‘clean from unclean’…

Ezekiel/Yachezqal 36:24-27 “And I shall take you from among the gentiles, and I shall gather you out of all lands, and I shall bring you into your own land. “And I shall sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean <<(distilled as dew) – from all your filthiness and from all your idols I cleanse you. And I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. And I shall take the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I shall give you a heart of flesh, and put My Spirit within you. And I shall cause you to walk in My Statutes and guard My right-rulings and shall DO them.”

1Peter/Kepha 1:1-7 Kĕpha, an emissary of יהושע Messiah, to the chosen, strangers of the dispersion in Pontos, Galatia, Kappadokia, Asia, and Bithunia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of Elohim the Father, set apart by the Spirit unto >> obedience and sprinkling of the blood ((the carrier of ‘the heart’s desire’ – The Spirit of obedience”)) of יהושע Messiah: Favour and peace be increased to you. Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master יהושע Messiah, who according to His great compassion has caused us to be born again to a living expectation through the resurrection of יהושע Messiah from the dead, >> to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in the heavens for you,<< (the ‘waters’ above) >> distilled, pure, clean <<<< who are protected by the power of Elohim through belief, for a ‘deliverance’ ready to be revealed in the last time, in which you exult, even though for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by manifold trials, in order that the proving of your belief – much more precious than gold that perishes, and proven by fire – might be found to result in praise and respect and esteem at the revelation of יהושע Messiah,”

… sprinkled by the water with the ashes of ‘the red heifer’/PeRaH-ADaMaH… entering into ‘the gate’… at the altar of sacrifice; pouring out – our corrupted mind, and heart – utterly!!! coming ‘under’ – submissive obedience… to be purged and purified in ‘the fire’ – washed in the laver,<<(the outer court; ‘trampled by the gentiles’ Rev. 11:1-2)>> renewed, like in a gestation.. the water mingled with blood – and entering in through The Door – born into The Household…  a newborn, or nursling… emotional attachment to ‘The Source’…  nurtured, trained and taught ‘In The House’…. eating from The Table… ‘learning’ to ‘speak’ Truth (no guile was found in their mouths)….

when our heart ‘burns’ with a passionate desire to ‘obey’ & and our body goes into actions of obedience… seeking out INSTRUCTION and then doing according to the understanding we are given…  we KNOW and can testify that HE HAS COME… our corrupted heart & mind cannot ‘desire’ submissive obedience… it is The Ruach/Spirit of Mashyach Yahusha ‘IN’ us… doing the Work of gathering us… leading us.. teaching us… the desire to submit is NOT ‘of ourselves’… we have nothing to boast in, EXCEPT HIM…

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