13
Apr
17

CHRIST AND THE RED HEIFER: SPRINKLING BLOOD

“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.”  Numbers 19:4

A part of the comparison of Jesus, the sacrifice offered up by God the Father to be our savior, to the red heifer is how the blood was handled by the priest according to this verse that we look at today.

The blood was to be collected in one hand, usually the left, and the other (right) hand dipped in the blood to sprinkle it.  When sprinkling the blood, the priest would be looking at the tabernacle or the temple, and he would sprinkle the blood in its direction.  In this way, he is looking at the source of redemption and atonement, the presence of God.  Ultimately, He is the start point of salvation.

Second, the sprinkling signifies the application of the blood for the forgiveness of sin.  The Israelites applied the blood of the lamb to their doorposts so the death angel would not kill the firstborn child (Exodus 12).  Just as this sprinkling of the blood foreshadowed the blood of Jesus saving us from death, the sprinkling of the blood of the red heifer points to this event.

Last, it is significant to note that the sprinkling was done seven times.  The number seven is representative of perfection.  Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, who was sinless, and who was therefore worthy to be slain.  What the blood of sheep and goats could not do, Jesus’ blood did for all the world for all of time.

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