13
Apr
17

CHRIST AND THE RED HEIFER: THE FEMINENE CONNECTION

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…”  Numbers 19:2

One of the supposed objections to comparing Jesus to the red heifer is that a heifer is a female cow, whereas Jesus was a male, the Son of God and the Son of Man.  Such an objection makes a valid point at first.  But once one delves into the culture of the day, an analogy can be discovered.

When Judas betrayed Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, he had already made prior arrangements with the chief priests to turn Him over to them.  Judas would identify Jesus to them by kissing Him on the cheek (Luke 22:1-6). It is this point where Jesus asked Judas, “Are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”  (Luke 22:48)

It is also revealed in the deal that Judas made with the chief priests that Judas was to be paid 30 pieces of silver.  We are always told that was the price of a slave.  But what we do not know, until we learn more about the culture of the day, is that the price of a male slave was 50 pieces of silver.  The price of a female slave was 30 pieces of silver, thus fulfilling the connection of Jesus to the female cow, the red heifer.

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