For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, … purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:13, 14.
The sacrificial [red] heifer was conducted without the camp and slain in the most imposing manner. Thus Christ suffered without the gates of Jerusalem, for Calvary was outside the city walls. This was to show that Christ did not die for the Hebrews alone, but for all mankind. He proclaims to a fallen world that He has come to be their Redeemer and urges them to accept the salvation He offers them. The heifer having been slain in a most solemn manner, the priest, clothed in pure white garments, took the blood in his hands as it issued from the body of the victim and cast it toward the temple seven times….
The body of the heifer was burned to ashes, which signified a whole and ample sacrifice. The ashes were then gathered up by a person uncontaminated by contact with the dead and placed in a vessel containing water from a running stream. This clean and pure person then took a cedar stick with scarlet cloth and a bunch of hyssop, and sprinkled the contents of the vessel upon the tent and the people assembled. This ceremony was repeated several times … and was done as a purification from sin.
Thus Christ, in His own spotless righteousness, after shedding His precious blood, enters into the holy place to cleanse the sanctuary. And there the crimson current is brought into the service of reconciling God to man. Some may look upon this slaying of the heifer as a meaningless ceremony, but it was done by the command of God and bears a deep significance that has not lost its application to the present time….
The blood of Christ is efficacious, but it needs to be applied continually….
If it was necessary in ancient times for the unclean to be purified by the blood of sprinkling, how essential for those living in the perils of the last days, and exposed to the temptations of Satan, to have the blood of Christ applied to their hearts daily.
The Faith I Live By p. 200
Prayer Requests
—-I ask for prayers for my daughter Salena, she just lost her job. I pray that she is able to get a job very soon! Sandra
—-Lou is doing a little bit better. Please continue to pray for Lou that she will recover and thank you for your prayers so far. Eileen
Dear Friends,
When our two youngest children were at Union College, we attended a music festival there. Academy bands from the Mid-American Union joined the college’s band for several days of practice and concerts. The music was beautiful. One musical selection was not so beautiful, however. Someone was not quite in tune with the rest of the orchestra. Once that person fine-tuned his instrument, the rest of the concert was lovely and inspiring.
How often we are like that one instrument. Our life is not quite “on pitch.” Something is not fine-tuned. Only by following our Dear Saviour’s Instruction Manual, the Holy Scriptures, can our life become one harmonious whole. How important, then, is it that we spend time in the Word and in prayer. How vital to our present and future happiness it is, that we allow nothing to stand in the way of communion with our Precious Orchestra Leader.
As our life comes into harmony with God’s Word, we will be in harmony with our brethren. As we order our life according to His Word, we will be in tune with one another. Yet, it must be “in the unity of the faith” never compromising the truth for the sake of harmony. Eph 4:13 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” 1 Cor 12:12-27
May we “study to show [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 May we pray as did David, “Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.” “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 86:11; 119:133

The Blood Applied Continually
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