13
Apr
17

CHRIST AND THE RED HEIFER: OUTSIDE THE CAMP

You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence.”  Numbers 19:3

Yet another significant point of the burning of the red heifer to have her ashes is that she was to be “brought outside the camp,” and be slaughtered in the presence of the priest.  The slaughter was not done by the priest, but it was performed by a layman as the priest looked on.  This is another foreshadowing of the Messiah.

Hebrews 13:12 tells us that Jesus “suffered outside the gate.”  Around the ancient city of Jerusalem at the time, there was a gate to provide protection.  All crucifixions were performed outside the city gates.  In fact, John 19:17 says that Jesus “went out,” carrying His cross to Golgotha.  This means that He went outside the city gates.

Likewise, we as disciples of Christ should be going outside the camp.  We should act and operate outside the systems and practices of the world, and should rather not be conformed to them (Romans 12:1-2).  Likewise, Paul exhorted Timothy to entangle himself in the affairs of everyday life like the world does, but to set priorities by putting Christ first (2 Timothy 2:4).

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