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[2019 ST-CRYSTALLIZATION STUDY OF NUMBERS (2)]-WEEK1-DAY4

WEEK 1

The All-inclusive Christ Being the Allotted Portion of the Saints, according to God’s Choice, as Their Divine Inheritance for Their Enjoyment

‹‹ DAY 4 ››

Morning Nourishment

Num. 19:9 And a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and place them outside the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the assembly of the children of Israel as water for impurity; it is a sin offering. 

   Mark 9:12 …It is written of the Son of Man that He should suffer many things and be counted as nothing.

   Heb. 9:12 …Through His own blood, entered once for all into the Holy of Holies, obtaining an eternal redemption.

  In Numbers 19:9 the ashes refer to the remains of the red heifer, signifying that the Lord’s redeeming death in resurrection is eternally efficacious. This eternal efficacy is what remains after the Lord’s death and resurrection; in other words, the eternal efficacy of the Lord’s redemption is in His resurrection (cf. Rom. 4:25).

  The ashes of the heifer being placed outside the camp in a clean place signifies that the efficacy of the Lord’s redemption remains in the place of sinners, whereas the redeeming blood being brought to the front of the Tent of Meeting signifies the efficacy of the Lord’s redemption before God. (CWWL, 1960, vol. 1,”Synopsis of Numbers,” p. 295)

Today’s Reading

In the Old Testament, sinners needed to offer up sacrifices to the Lord. If a person had offered up a sacrifice and then touched something unclean, he would become unclean again before God and could no longer fellowship with Him. What did he have to do? Another person would take some ashes of the red heifer on this person’s behalf, put them in a vessel, pour in living water, mix it into the water for impurity, and sprinkle it on his body. The man’s uncleanness would then be removed and his sin forgiven. When an Israelite brought a bull or a lamb to the Lord and offered it up as a sin offering, he did it because of some known sin. But the red heifer was related to another matter….The burning of the red heifer was not for past sins but for future transgressions.

  One aspect of the Lord’s work is like that of the ashes of the red heifer. The efficacy of redemption is signified by the ashes. The sins of the whole world are in it, and the blood is also in it. Whenever a man becomes unclean or has touched some unclean things, he does not need to kill another red heifer and offer it to God. He only needs to take the ashes of the red heifer that was offered once and mix them with water and sprinkle them on the body. In other words, there is no need for the Lord to do anything a second time. His redemption accomplished everything. He made provision for all of our future uncleanness and future sins.

  What do the ashes signify? In the Bible, ashes signify something in its final form. Whether a bull or a lamb, its final form after being burned is ashes. Ashes are very stable; they do not corrupt into something else. We cannot corrupt or destroy ashes.

  The ashes of the red heifer signify the eternal and unchanging efficacy of the Lord’s redemption. The redemption which our Lord accomplished for us is most stable. Do not think that rocks on mountains are stable. Even rocks can be burned into ashes. Ashes are more stable than rocks. The ashes of the red heifer signify the Lord’s redemption which He has prepared for us. It is forever unchanging and incorruptible. We may apply it any time. If a Christian touches something unclean by accident and there is uncleanness in him, he does not have to ask the Lord to die for him again. He only needs to trust in the eternal and incorruptible efficacy of the ashes and to sprinkle his body with the water of life, and he will be clean. In other words, the ashes of the red heifer tell us that the past work of the cross is applicable for our use today. We also can say that the effectiveness of the cross covers all the needs we will ever have in the future. These ashes are specifically for the future. Only one red heifer needs to be burned, and it only needs to be burned once. Its ashes are enough to cover one’s whole life. Thank the Lord that His redemption is sufficient for our whole life. His death has taken away all our sins. (CWWN, vol. 49,”Messages for Building Up New Believers (2),” pp. 326-328)

  Further Reading: CWWN, vol. 49,”Messages for Building Up New Believers (2),” ch. 21; Life-study of Leviticus, msg. 42

OUTLINE

DScarlet, a dark red color, implies much in typology—Num. 19:6:

1The color scarlet signifies the shedding of blood, referring to the redeeming work of the cross—Heb. 9:12, 14, 22; 1 Pet. 1:18-19.

2In Leviticus 14:4 scarlet signifies that the Lord lowered Himself to become a man that He might do the will of God and shed His blood for our redemption.

3Scarlet signifies the blood of Christ shed for our redemption in its highest significance—Num. 19:6.

EThe high and dignified Christ and the lowly and humbled Christ in His redemption were elements for the composition of the water for impurity—v. 6.

The ashes of the heifer were gathered up and placed outside the camp in a clean place to be kept for the assembly of the children of Israel as water for impurity—v. 9:

AAshes signify the result of Christ’s death:

1In the Bible ashes signify something in its final form—Lev. 6:10.

2To be reduced to ashes is to be reduced to nothing.

3In Numbers 19:9 ashes signify Christ reduced to nothing—Mark 9:12.

BAfter the cedar, the hyssop, and the scarlet strands were burned with the heifer, the ashes were gathered up and kept in a clean place; this is what makes the red heifer unique.

CThe eternal efficacy of Christ’s redemption can be seen in the type of the ashes of the red heifer that was slaughtered and burned—Num. 19:9; Heb. 9:12.

DThese ashes were kept for the water for impurity; it was a purification of sin, or a sin offering—Num. 19:2, 4, 6, 9, 11-12:

1If an Israelite touched something unclean and became unclean before God, a clean person could mix the water for impurity with the ashes and sprinkle it on the unclean person; this would remove the person’s uncleanness—vv. 11-12.

2The ashes were used to remove uncleanness; they were prepared for the future and would be used when uncleanness was detected at a later time.