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THE ASHES OF PURIFICATION.
This is the ordinance For the bodies of those of the law which the beasts, whose blood is LORD hath commanded, brought into the sanctusaying, Speak unto the ary by the high priest for children of Israel, that sin, are burnt without the they bring thee a red camp. heifer without spot,
Wherefore Jesus also, wherein is no blemish, that he might sanctify and upon which never the people with his own came yoke :
blood, suffered without And ye shall give her the gate.—Heb. xiii. 11, unto Eleazar the priest, 12. that he may bring her For if the blood of forth without the camp, bulls and of goats, and and one shall slay her be- the ashes of an heifer fore his face:
sprinkling the unclean, And Eleazar the priest sanctifieth to the purifyshall take of her blood ing of the flesh: with his finger, and sprin How much more shall kle of her blood directly the blood of Christ, who before the tabernacle of through the eternal Spithe congregation seven rit offered himself withtimes :
out spot to God, purge And one shall burn the your conscience from heifer in his sight;
dead works to serve the And the priest shall living God ?—Heb. ix. take cedar wood, and 13, 14. hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer -Num. xix. 2_6.
And a man that is clean For when Moses had shall gather up the ashes spoken every precept to of the heifer, and lay all the people according them up without the to the law, he took the camp in a clean place, blood of calves and of and it shall be kept for goats, with water, and the congregation of the scarlet wool, and hyssop, children of Israel for a and sprinkled both the water of separation : it is book, and all the people, a purification for sin. Saying, This is the Num. xix. 9.
blood of the testament And a clean person which God hath enjoined shall take hyssop, and unto you.—Heb. ix. 19, dip it in the water, and 20. sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there.-Num. xix. 18.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.-Ps. li. 7.
Read Num. xix. Ps. li. Heb. ix.
THE BRAZEN SERPENT. And the LORD said un And as Moses lifted up to Moses, Make thee a the serpent in the wilfiery serpent, and set it derness, even so must the upon a pole: and it shall Son of man be lifted up:
That whosoever beone that is bitten, when lieveth in him should not he looketh upon it, shall perish, but have eternal live.
life. And Moses made a ser For God so loved the pent of brass, and put it world, that he gave his upon a pole, and it came only begotten Son, that to pass, that if a serpent whosoever believeth in had bitten any man, when him should not perish, , he beheld the serpent of but have everlasting life. brass, he lived.-Num. For God sent not his xxi. 8, 9.
Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John iii. 14-17. Read Num. xxi. 1—9. John iii. 1—9.
Now the LORD had For as Jonas was three prepared a great fish to days and three nights in swallow up Jonah. And the whale's belly: so shall Jonah was in the belly the Son of man be three of the fish three days and days and three nights in three nights.- Jonah i. the heart of the earth.17.
Matt. xii. 40. Read Jonah i. ü.
MELCHIZEDEK. And Melchizedek king Jesus, made an high of Salem brought forth priest for ever after the bread and wine: and he order of Melchisedec.was the priest of the most Heb. vi. 20. high God.
For this Melchisedec, And he blessed him, king of Salem, priest of and said, Blessed be the most high God, who Abram of the most high met Abraham returning God, possessor of hea- from the slaughter of the ven and earth:
kings, and blessed him; And blessed be the To whom also Abramost high God, which ham gave a tenth part hath delivered thine ene- of all; first being by intermies into thy hand. And pretation King of righthe gave
him tithes of all. eousness, and after that -Ĝen. xiv. 18–20. also King of Salem,
which is, King of peace;
Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.—Heb. vii.
1-4. The LORD hath sworn,
The Lord sware and
.and will not repent, Thou will not repent, Thou art art a priest for ever after a priest for ever after the the order of Melchize- order of Melchisedec.dek.-Ps. cx. 4.
Heb. vii. 21. Read Ps. cx. Heb. vii.
The LORD thy God For Moses truly said will raise up unto thee a unto the fathers, X ProProphet from the midst phet shall the Lord your of thee, of thy brethren, God raise up unto you of like unto me; unto him your brethren, like unto ye shall hearken.-Deut. me; him shall ye hear in xviii. 15.
all things, whatsoever he And it shall come to shall say unto you.
whosoever And it shall come to will not hearken unto pass,
soul my words, which he shall which will not hear that speak in my name, I will Prophet shall be destroyrequire it of him.-Deut. ed from among the peoxviii. 19.
ple.-Acts iii. 22, 23. If there be a prophet Wherefore, holy breamong you, 1 the LORD thren, partakers of the will make myself known heavenly calling, consiunto him in a vision, and der the Apostle and High will speak unto him in a Priest of our profession, dream.
Christ Jesus; My servant Moses is Who was faithful to not so, who is faithful in him that appointed him, all mine house.-Num. as also Moses was faithxii. 6, 7.
ful in all his house-Heb. iii. 1, 2.