The whole purpose of the Torah is to break down infinite spiritual principles into nice bite-sized easy-to-digest chunks.
In our study of Leviticus chapter 12, we studied the carefully orchestrated 3-step process of how a new mother is brought back from her state of uncleanness to cleanness and then finally restored to a state of holiness.
Step one was waiting the required time (40 days if a male is born and 80 days if a female is born).
Step two was immersing oneself in a ritual bath called a MIKVAH in Hebrew.
Step three was offering up the required animal sacrifices.
Notice that water is the purifying agent in Step Two.
It is immersion in water that takes a person or thing that is UNCLEAN into a state of CLEAN.
This is something that must occur BEFORE blood (the atoning agent) is used to make a clean person or thing holy.
So water is the purifying agent and blood is the atoning agent.
And purification must occur BEFORE atonement.
The same same thing occurs with the sacrifice of Yeshua.
First, we are cleansed by Yeshua as the source of living water.
Then, we are made HOLY and acceptable to the Father by His blood.
Remember during Yeshua’s crucifixion, we are told that one of the Roman soldiers thrust his spear into Yeshua’s lifeless body.
Afterwards, we are given the detail that WATER poured out along with the blood.
Of course, a minor detail like that is completely lost on the gentile mind who has no grounding in Torah fundamentals.
But that seemingly obscure statement in the New Testament about the water and blood pouring out from Yeshua’s side would have held great significance to the Jews who witnessed it.
Because any Jew understands the necessity of BOTH water and blood to go from UNCLEAN to CLEAN to HOLY.
Water purifies and then the blood atones.
The gentile churches mostly sing about the “blood of Jesus”.
However, the truth is Yeshua’s blood is of no use to anybody until one is FIRST made CLEAN.
We must first be immersed in Yeshua’s living water to be made CLEAN and then afterwards Yeshua’s atoning blood becomes efficacious.
Of course, this process is instantaneous once one accepts Yeshua as “Lord and Savior” to use churchy language.
However, there is no way to really understand exactly the process of how you were made HOLY to God unless you study the Torah.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“The soldiers came and
broke the legs of the first man
who had been put on a stake beside Yeshua,
then the legs of the other one;
but when they got to Yeshua
and saw that he was already dead,
they didn’t break his legs.
However, one of the soldiers stabbed his side with a spear,
and at once blood and water flowed out.
The man who saw it has testified about it,
and his testimony is true.
And he knows that he tells the truth,
so you too can trust.”
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN LEVITICUS CHAPTER THIRTEEN