Weekly Pursuit – Week 3 of August

Aug 20, 2019 by


1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from every sin.”



Numbers 19 is a record concerning the water for impurity. The impurity in this chapter does not refer to sin but to death. Death is more defiling in the eyes of God than sin. According to chapter 19, whoever touched death or was defiled and thus became unclean needed to have the ashes of the red heifer mixed with the water for impurity and to have it sprinkled on his body in order to be clean.


The red heifer, the principal component of the water for impurity, signifies the redeeming Christ. The ashes of the red heifer signify the eternal and unchanging efficacy of the Lord’s redemption. The Lord’s redemption has accomplished everything; He made provision for all our future uncleanness and future sins.


Verse 17 speaks of the burning of the red heifer and the running water that was added to the ashes in a vessel. The running (literally, living) water signifies the Holy Spirit in the resurrection of Christ. In the water for impurity, there is the efficacy of Christ’s redemption with the washing power of the Spirit of His resurrection. Whenever we are defiled by death, we need to allow the Holy Spirit, who is compounded with the eternal efficacy of the Lord’s redemption, to be applied to us in order to remove our uncleanness. This corresponds to 1 John 1:7. If we realize that we have sinned, we should take the blood of the Lord Jesus in order to wash away our sins for the purpose of restoring the fellowship between God and us. (Synopsis of Numbers, ch.24)

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