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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Acharei mot 29-2

After dying

Leviticus 16:18-24

He is to take some of the bull's blood and with his finger sprinkle it on the front of the atonement cover; then he shall sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the atonement cover.

Lev. 16:14 NIV

What is the relationship between sprinkling the blood seven times and the Messiah?

There are four instances in which the Torah speaks about sprinkling blood seven times. They are:

1.       When a guilt offering is presented

  1. for the sin of the anointed priest (Lev. 4:6)

  2. for the sin of all the congregation of Israel represented by the assembly of elders (Lev. 4:17)

2.       When the purification of tsaraat is made

  1. for the one with enough resources (Lev. 14:16)

  2. for the one who hasn’t enough resources (Lev. 14:27)

  3. for a house (Lev. 14:51)

3.       When sin offerings are presented on Yom HaKipurim

  1. for the high priest’s family’s sin and his household (Lev. 16:14)

  2. For the sin of the whole nation of Israel (Lev. 16:15)

  3. For the ritual impurities of the sons and daughters of Israel (Lev. 16:19)

4.       When the red heifer is sacrificed for the ritual purification of those who have touched a corpse (Nm. 19:4)

The four kinds of sprinkling talk about the heavenly redemption that was produced by the death and resurrection of the Messiah.

  1. The Messiah's death takes away guilt in heaven (Matt. 26:28; Eph. 1:7; 1 John 1:7; Rev. 1:5).

  2. The Messiah took the "leprosy" of sin and was purified in heaven (Isa. 53:4; Zach. 3:3-4)

  3. The blood of the Messiah was sprinkled in the heavenly tabernacle to clean it and create a path to the mercy seat, the heavenly throne (Heb. 9:23, 12, 14; 10:19-22).

  4. The blood of the Messiah was sprinkled to the Eternal outside of the camp to create a heavenly means of purification from all impurity produced by death, so that we can enter the heavenly sanctuary. (Heb. 4:14-16)

The number seven refers to the fact that the sprinkling of the blood of the Messiah is valid not only for the seven days of the week, but also for the seven thousand years of sin among men since Adam until the new heaven and the new earth come where justice reigns. The Messiah's sacrifice in heaven covers all past, present and future history.

Blessed be the Eternal for the blood of the Messiah presented in heaven on our behalf!


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