This is the statute of the law which the LORD has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed.’”  Numbers 19:2

The red heifer was very significant to the Israelites in their worship and purification processes.  The red heifer was burnt and the ashes used to purify one who touched a dead body.  These ashes also had their significant place for purification on the Day of Atonement, that one day of the year that the priest went into the Holy of Holies to atone for the sins of the nation.

The first requirement of the red heifer was that she be “unblemished” and have “no defect.”  She had to be absolutely perfect in order to be used for this important part of worship on the Day of Atonement.  If there had been any blemish of any kind, then that heifer could not be used.  In the history of the use of the red heifer, nine have been used.

As far as the need of the perfect, unblemished red heifer, the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world also had to be perfect and unblemished.  Christ was not born from the seed of man, so He did not inherit the sin nature (Luke 1:35).  Jesus was the perfect and sinless one (Hebrews 10:14).  As such, He was able to become our sin to be our sacrifice (2 Corinthians 5:21).

It is truly wonderful to see how, in every aspect of the atonement of the nation of Israel, Christ is represented.



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