Numbers Chapter 19

30 Days of Prayer

Day 3

Pray for a spirit of “one accord” to prevail among the church as we join together in corporate prayer: “When the day of Pentecost was fully, come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1)

Numbers 19

1And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

2This 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:

3And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face:

4And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:

5And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:

6And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.

7Then 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.

8And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even.

9And 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.

10And 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.

11He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

12He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.

13Whosoever 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.

14This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days.

15And every open vessel, which hath no covering bound upon it, is unclean.

16And whosoever toucheth 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.

17And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:

18And 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:

19And 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.

20But 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.

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

22And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even.

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31 thoughts on “Numbers Chapter 19

  1. Vs 20 As saints of God we must contantly be mindful of living right and repenting when need be, as God does not want uncleaness (sin) to abide in his congregation.

  2. In this chapter, death brings uncleanliness and we know that sin brings forth death. Spiritually, being unclean will bring forth a spiritual death. Thankfully we have found grace with the father and he has provided a way for us to wash ourselves daily, through repentance and prayer. I pray!

  3. This chapter talks about being clean/fit for worship. They had a choice to make:
    1) they could obey the laws put before them to become clean after coming
    into contact with uncleanliness
    2) or they could refuse and no longer belong to the people of Israel

    We too have a decision to make. I choose to belong and follow the Lord!

  4. 15And every open vessel, which has no covering fastened upon it, is unclean.

    When we go against our Pastor we are out of the covering and therefore sin causes death. Lord help me to stay humble to the man of God that you have put in my life.

  5. UNCLEANNESS IS A SPIRITUAL STATE

    21 And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even.
    22 And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even.

    We have read much about being unclean; many consider it to be an accepted practice by GOD because of the word “unclean” instead of the word “sin”. Is there a difference?

    The Greek term appears 21 times in the New Testament in the context of demonic possession.[2] It is also translated into English as spirit of impurity[3] or more loosely as “evil spirit.” The association of physical and spiritual cleanliness is, if not universal, widespread and continues into the 21st century: “To be virtuous is to be physically clean and free from the impurity that is sin,”.

    Uncleanness is sin.

    Notice the cleansing process includes “separation” and “water”.

    A type of regeneration in New Testament terms. While under the Law or Old Covenant it was required to be separated from otters for a season of isolation while washing to be clean. However under “Grace” or New Covenant we are still required to separate from those actions or activities now we are Baptized in the Name of Jesus and repent (ask forgiveness and turn away) for any uncleanness.

    1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. KJV

    1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

    We understand it is not the will of GOD to sin; uncleanness leads to stinky, smelly, filthy sin which leads to death, which is the opposite of LIFE (JESUS).

  6. God is faithful to provide always a way of salvation, because unclean spirit surely will not see his Presence. We have the living water to be purified every day and abide into his presence!
    Thank you Jesus! You make my day every day!

  7. What is the significance of the red heifer’s ashes? When a person touched a dead body, he was considered unclean (unable to approach God in worship). This ritual purified the unclean person so that once again he could offer sacrifices and worship God. Death was the strongest of defilements because it was the final result of sin. Thus a special sacrifice, red heifer, was required. It had to be offered by someone who was not unclean. When it had been burned on the alter, it’s ashes were used to purify water for ceremonial cleansing. The unclean person then washed himself, and often his clothes and belongings, with this purified water as an act of becoming clean again.

  8. 16And whosoever toucheth 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.
    17And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:

    The unclean in the scripture is a reference to the spiritual today. As we know back in these days it was unclean of them to touch any person that was dead. This is a spiritual side for today because, so many time we think ,” Oh, well God knows my heart and He knows that i would never do something like that.” If its a sin to do it, than most likely its a sin to see it.

  9. 20But 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.

    This verse clearly shows the importance our choices. If we do not choose to take the necessary actions to be clean from sin, we choose to be cut off. This would also make the opposite true…If we choose to be cleansed, we choose to be apart of HIS congregation!

  10. What an extended ritual to “clean” oneself having encountered death (sin). Thank God for mercy and grace and the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins. Instead of all these ordinances we can now humbly ask God for forgiveness.

  11. T HE RED HEIFER This passage does not describe a sacrifice the animal is burned outside the camp. The purpose is to produce ashes to be mixed with water that symbolizes cleansing for the puropse of being clean when approaching God.

  12. 20But 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.

  13. v3 NIv Give it (a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke) to Eleazer the priest; it is to be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence.v4 Then Elazer the priest is to take some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle it seven times toward the front of the Tent of Meeting.v4 By presenting the best part of it you will not be guilty in this matter; then you will not defile the holy offering of the Israelites, and you will not die.

    Hebrews 9 v13-14 NIV 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).
    v14 How much more, then will be the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death…
    Thank you Jesus for your blood that makes me (inwardly clean)

  14. This chapter is about separation and purification. We must be clean or without sin in order to enter into His presence. Coming to the house of God on Sunday and Wednesday is a great and needed but only the pure in heart can truly approach God in true worship.

  15. In this scripture, it is clearly indicating several steps on becoming clean and advises on uncleanness. You can see why it’s not good to be in a dead church…..See Below….

    14This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days.

    15And every open vessel, which hath no covering bound upon it, is unclean.

    16And whosoever toucheth 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.

    But, you know our Church is awesome, and we are covered, and alive and well…thank you Jesus, Amen. Thanks be to God, we don’t have to make sacrifices anymore, at least not of animals. Our sacrifice, might be our life styles, or an repentant heart, or fasting.

    This is also an important change, think about our Officers, Soldiers, Doctors, and Surgeons, and so forth….see the powerful atonement that was given through our Lord Jesus Chirst…he paid it all.

    “Be Church”…ipray, iwork, igive, ireap, ilove…Mark A. Ridenour…

  16. It was necessary for the people to correctly go through the process of purification with separation and using the waters of purification to be declared clean. It is interesting to me to notice that the water was poured onto the ashes and sprinkled on the person-because soap is made by pouring water onto wood ashes (creating lye) and the lye is cooked to produce soap. All through the Bible God uses examples of the natural world to explain what occurs in the spiritual!

  17. Because of the sins committed, there had to be a sacrifice. Because of the sacrifice everyone who was a part of it, even to the ashes carrier, was made unclean.

    Sin is so vile, it affects everyone around. We must do as the psalmist wrote and have a pure heart and clean hands so that we can go up to the mountain of God.

  18. 4And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:

    I’m greatful for the blood of Jesus.

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  19. 20But 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: Even after insrtructions given by Moses and Aaron about purification, there evidenty were still some who would not follow the process. Serving the Lord is all about processes of one kind or another. Lord, help us to be obedient and follow the process to our destiny.

  20. When reading this passage n the message version, there is one word that dominates the chaper, “ritually”
     22 “Anything the ritually unclean man touches becomes unclean
    I thank God that though this chapter is important, ritiuals no longer are. The new testament changed things, no longer does touching a dead person cause us to be unclean but now we can lay hands on the dead, and they can live again. We can touch those that are spiritually dead and they can live again.

  21. In our lives we must change from the separation of uncleanness to the separation of holiness. Circumstances can make it easy to choose uncleanness out of convenience but we have a choice to make, to serve God or convenience.

  22. Three and Seven
    Num 19:12

    Cleansing from the uncleanness of touching a dead body requires sprinkling water on the unclean person on the third and seventh days. The water on the unclean person on the third and seventh days. The water used for this cleansing had to be the “water of cleansing” described in Numbers 19:1-10. Water is mixed with the ashes produced from burning a red heifer (a cow that had a calf). The color red signifies the blood required to purify from sin.

    The unclean person had to be sprinkled with this water on the third and seventh days. The numbers three and seven appear often in Scripture, their pressence generally signifying fullness or completion. God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh (Gen 1:1-2:3). The seventh day of this week is to be a day of rest, a holy day (Ex 20:10). The triune God is made up of: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mt 28:19).

  23. 22And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even.

    You must watch where you put your hands. God’s childeren should have clean hands and be clean at all times spiritually. The blood of Jesus is able to clean even the most stubborn stains.

  24. So thankful that Jesus fulfilled the law. I am clean by the blood of Jesus. I’m glad the purification process now is repentance, baptism, holy ghost!

  25. 18And 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:
    19And 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.
    20But 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.
    21And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even.

    And the clean person…. Thats us, and its our job to reach the lost and teach them to live a repentant lifestyle. As vs 20 says, if someone who refuses to live and walk a “clean” or repentant lifestyle, then we should alow them to go on. Jesus also tells the disciples this when he tells them that should a city or person reject them for teaching Hiss gospel, then they should kick the dust from their heals because it is Christ that the “unclean” or world rejects, not them (us).

  26. This chapter illustrates direness. “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.” If the Lord said it we had best obey it for we will answer for disobedience. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  27. I thank God for the changes in the New Testament for one reason sacrificing our very own and animals every time we go to Him in prayer. His altar is HOLY and with the way of the world and how we feed our animals is not HOLY. Make me a new heart Oh, LORD wash my blood as white as snow.

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