A Red Heifer and a Bloody Bride

red-heifer-1For if the blood of bulls and of goats,
and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean,
sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:  
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ,
who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God,
purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 9:13-14

And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded,
saying, Speak unto the children of Israel,
that they bring thee a red heifer without spot,
wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:
… 5  and one shall burn the heifer in his sight;
her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:
… 17  And for an unclean person [or thing] they shall take
of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin,
and running [Hebrew-
living] water shall be put thereto in a vessel.
Numbers 19:1-17

The Law’s remedy for uncleanness is living water poured through the ashes left from the burnt offering of a female calf, a red heifer. The special water is then called the water of separation. In studying the word separation, I discovered through Strong’s Concordance and Gesenius’ Lexicon that we may understand further the idea of waving away, as in shooing a fly. The priest uses the water to shoo away the uncleanness.

Why is this a female burnt offering?

The heifer is necessarily red according to the scripture. The Hebrew word red is a derivative of the word for blood. Everything that is described as red in Hebrew is compared to blood. (Similarly, everything that is white in Hebrew is compared to milk.)  The heifer may have been red in fur color, or she may have been blood red, possibly fertile and ready for breeding.

If she is offered to God in the height of her fertility, and then her ashes are mixed with living water, doesn’t that speak of resurrection?

What if this Red Heifer represents a bloody bride? -A bride who has laid down her life in offering to the Bridegroom. A bride who has given up marriage to this world for a heavenly union.

What if it is a resurrected Bride who sprinkles Living Water upon the unclean land?

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:38

Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it.
Numbers 21:17

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Rosemary -A Poem

Rosemary

Earth is raped

And forced to bring forth

Not after its kind,

Like Rosemary’s Baby

Half fiend and half man.

Creation groans in labor

Caught in the evil embrace

Writhing and crying and struggling

To burst free

From the rhythmic thrusts

Of the rapist.

The anguish in this poem is for the corrupting of nature through genetic modifications and the poisons created to kill.

Calling for Intercessors

These are some of my recent tweets:

Cover the cries of the innocent
With the cries of the intercessors.

Pre BornTeach the intercessors
To cover the blood of the innocent
With the Blood of the Lamb.

Intercessors die daily.
Take up your cross.

Without the blood of innocents
The engines of anti-christ
Will sputter to a halt.

The blood of the intercessors is the seed of the Church.
Lay down your lives, and pray.

1 John 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. Luke 9:23  And Jesus said to them all,  “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”2 Corinthians 5:18-20  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them;
and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ.

A Wave Begins

Copyright Greg Stablein

Photo credit Greg Stablein

A wave begins at a point of agitation,
like a ripple in a pond.

What if your prayer is the source of agitation?
Imagine the following verse in terms of a chemical bond.

 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  -Jesus in Matthew 18:18

Jesus cursed the fig tree, and by the next day it had withered. (Mark 11:20-26)

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 
Mark 11:22

God, Elohim, is the Supreme Ruler, the Ultimate Authority. Have faith in the Ultimate Authority. Say to the mountain,

“Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea…” 
Mark 11:23

Jesus continues:

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24

Jesus sets parameters for this kind of authority in prayer.

First, we may notice the word desire. This is not just whatever you want. This prayer is for something that is due by your actual authority to ask for such a thing.

desire – Strong’s Concordance #154: to demand what is due

Second, the authority to demand in prayer exists only in love and forgiveness.

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. 

Mark 11:25-26

There you have it. The problem of your unanswered prayer may not be your not lack of faith. Two other hindrances to your prayers could be:

  1. You must have the authority to ask for the thing you pray for.
  2. You must forgive those who trespass against you.

Jesus demonstrated this principle also in the healing of the paralytic man.

They brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”  3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”  4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?  5 “For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?  6 “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” — then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”  7 And he arose and departed to his house.  8 Now when the multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men. 
Matthew 9:2-8

The chief priests asked Jesus,

By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority to do these things?
Mark 11:28

Jesus could heal because Jesus forgave.

The intercessor forgives and therefore is authorized to heal.

He who has the authority to forgive is he who has the authority to heal.

Picture+4[1]A wave begins at a point of agitation,
like the ripple in the pond.

What if your prayer is the source of agitation?
Imagine the following verse in terms of a chemical bond.

 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  -Jesus in Matthew 18:18

 

Your Equation of 12

Imagine that the number 12 represents you as a fully mature son of God, as in Ephesians 4:13.

Equation of 12Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

 

Equations of 12

In our analogy the number 12 represents you, fully formed into the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.

1 John 3:2-3  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 

6+6=12                 5+8-1=12        

2+10=12                2 x 6=12      

4+4+4=12             24/2=12

3+3+3+3=12        100-88=12          950.4/79.2=12

There are an infinite number of ways to get to 12, but they all equal 12.

Cattle Chute

Cattle Chute

What if the choices we make every day are creating the equation of our lives?
What if God is NOT guiding us down a cattle chute toward our 12?

Maybe, as our poor choices send our equation off the mark, God brings situations that offer opportunities to correct our equation.

My equation interacts with your equation and many other equations.  We add to and subtract from one another’s equations.

All the time there is a Guiding Hand, not manipulating, but offering a path that leads to 12.

The Sinner’s Prayer and the Rewards of Love

Does God give out white, red and blue ribbons?  Or, does everyone in heaven get the same orange “Participant” ribbon?  We all know that Jesus gets the big purple “Best of the Show” ribbon, but what about the rest of us?

He that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:6  

Why does it say “diligently”?  An honest Sinner’s Prayer will bring anyone under the atoning blood of Jesus.  Is that reward enough? Yes, if all you want is “fire insurance.”  An honest sinner’s prayer requires honesty, but not necessarily diligence.  Are there rewards beyond a welcome at the Pearly Gate?

Let’s talk about love.

The weight of guilt suddenly rolls off your back.  Your soul is flooded with peace, relief.  Joy bubbles up from deep within overflowing on your face and upon everyone around you.  That honest sinner’s prayer is just the beginning.  Your heart glows for the One who set you free.  He is the One who gives you this flood of peace and overflowing joy.  You never want to leave Him.  You never want to separate from this experience.  Who is doing this for you?  Jesus, and you love Him because He loves you.

It is the honest sinner’s prayer that starts this wonderful experience of relief from the weight of guilt on your back.

An opportunity appears for some self-advantage.  It requires nudging past someone else.  You tell yourself the advantage is worth it.  You deserve it more than Smithy.  You make your move, and Smithy loses.

You barely notice the dry breeze that wafts across your face.  The excitement of your advantage covers the missing bubbles of joy.  Slowly, your back is feeling heavier.  It’s harder to look up.

One day you remember your overflowing joy and wonder what happened.

Think about it.  Can you remember the last time you experienced that peace, that relief?  The weight came back to your back.

How can you return to your first love?  You will find Him in the same place you found Him before, bubbling up from an honest sinner’s prayer.

The weight of guilt on your back is a tool.  It functions the same as the nerves in your finger that feel the heat of a stove and cause you to jump back.  You can suppress the guilt, ignore it, tell yourself that Jesus has carried your guiltiness, that God doesn’t look upon your guilt because He accepts Jesus in your stead.

Yeah, you can shoot Novocain into your finger too.  Then you won’t feel the hot burner on the stove.  You can hold your finger on the burner all day long, and you won’t feel the flesh burning off down to the bone.  Is that  a good thing?  Let’s not feel the pain!

Guilt is a tool.  It weighs down our backs until we return to God in honest repentance.  God’s forgiveness is not Novocain to numb our conscience from the pain of guilt.  God’s forgiveness wipes the soul clean, really clean.  There is no guilt in a clean soul.

That’s what you experienced the first time.  And you can have it again.

Now, about those rewards…

Jesus answered and said unto him,
If a man love me, he will keep my words.

John 14:23  

God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  God rewards our diligence.  A diligent student will turn in all his homework assignments on time and study before a test.  A diligent athlete will show up at every practice, never be late for a game, and work out to increase muscle strength.  We know what diligence is.

What does diligently seeking God look like?  Like the student, we will do the homework assignments of keeping His words.  We will study the scriptures for our tests and trials.  Like the athlete, we will show up for practice by assembling with like-minded believers.  We will not be absent when someone needs our help.  We will work out with practical applications of our faith.

Does this description of diligence seem worthy of a reward?  It’s not really the doing that brings the reward.  It’s the love, the love that lays its life down for a friend.

Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13  

The thing is, that unless we practice our faith diligently, when the test comes, we will choose self-advantage over laying down our lives every time.

Jesus laid down His life for us.  We are called to lay down our lives for others.  Jesus has a name above every name.  He alone gets the purple ribbon.  As we follow Him diligently, we will receive our reward.  Yes, He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  God rewards our love.

He loves us.  Will we love Him?

Hereby perceive we the love of God,
because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 John 3:16