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In the past, we brought you the exciting news that Israeli cattlemen were raising a herd of cattle they hoped would produce a red heifer; a red calf with no more than two black hairs on its entire body. The red heifer was specified by the Bible as required for the Jewish purification rituals. Rabbi Azariah Ariel explained to Breaking Israel News that the ashes of a red heifer are “necessary for us to engage in anything that is holy or sanctified. The highest level of impurity comes from contact with the dead and to purify this condition, the ashes of the red heifer are required.” In November of 2018, it was announced that a red calf had been born that met the initial criteria. Even more exciting, it was recently announced that another calf has been born that meets the initial qualifications. Rabbi Azariah Ariel told Breaking Israel News that there are currently two calves that may potentially be used in for the preparation of the ashes. They are currently being raised in an undisclosed location under special conditions.
Requirements of the Red Heifer
The physical requirements for a red heifer are simple yet precise; a red heifer two years of age with no more than two black hairs on its entire body. Rabbi Ariel explained “The animal must also be two years old. There can be no blemish, no holes in the ear. Until that point, it is considered a calf and not a cow. At that point, the cow can be slaughtered and prepared.” This has led to an intense effort to raise such an exceedingly rare animal. “We know that there have been nine red heifers throughout history, the first having been prepared in the times of Moses and Elazar, the son of Aaron,” Ariel explained. “A red heifer is a female cow that is red. In the language of the Bible, red is not exclusively what we know today as red. It also includes brown and other similar shades of red. This excludes black. All of the hairs on its body must be the same color.”
Relevant Scripture Passages
The Bible makes it clear that the red heifer played an important role in the worship of the Lord. The slaughtering of a red heifer was an essential ceremonial ritual in the Old Testament sacrificial system, as described in Numbers 19:1-10. The purpose of the red heifer sacrifice was to provide for the water of cleansing (Numbers 19:9), another term for purification from sin. After the red heifer was sacrificed, her blood was sprinkled at the door of the tabernacle. The Bible also teaches there will be another Temple in Jerusalem in the future (Ezekiel 41-45) that will obviously be purified (requiring the red heifer) before the Antichrist desecrates the Temple during the tribulation period as Jesus foretold (Matthew 24:15). Importantly, the New Testament also equates the role of the red heifer as being a foreshadowing of the salvation provided by grace through faith in Jesus (Hebrews 9:13-14). Overall, many Jewish faithful believe this event is part of the process that would mark the coming of the Messiah and the final judgment. Yet the significance of the red heifer also relates to Christians who believe the completion of the third Temple is a symbol heralding the second coming of Jesus Christ. With such significant prophetic implications, we should keep this event in our prayers.
Bro. Homer Hutto
In most high schools, students will take some kind of vocational aptitude test that helps them identify their strengths and skills as they make decisions about college and career pursuits. The results usually say a lot about the students, not just in terms of academics but also personality and interests. These tests can be helpful because each person is unique. God has made us with strengths and weaknesses, as well as talents and gifts. These will not only impact career choices, but also how we live out our faith. This unit focuses on practical ways our faith plays out in our lives as well as in the life of the church. For this reason, you might consider spending some time in prayer before the unit begins, asking God to show you how He has gifted your various students, as well as how you might help those students identify and utilize those gifts. The unit begins with a study of qualities that should be present in all those who follow Christ. Galatians 5 paints a picture of what God intends Christians to “look like,” in terms of how they live each and every day. Also note that these characteristics often stand in contrast to how we as human beings are usually inclined to live. Lessons 10–13 describe what might be called the “nuts and bolts” of spiritual giftedness and ministry in the local church, as well as amid the worldwide Church. Each lesson discusses a Biblical list of particular giftings, as well as how and why those gifts are to be enacted. Note the diversity of these giftings, both in terms of function as well as nature (i.e., how they fit into a variety of personalities and skill sets God has given His people):
Romans 12 focuses on gifts often associated with service: • Prophecy • Giving • Serving • Leadership • Teaching • Mercy • Exhortation
In 1 Corinthians 12, you will cover what are known as gifts of empowerment: • Word of Wisdom • Healing • Discernment of Spirits • Word of
Knowledge • Miracles • Speaking in Tongues • Faith • Prophecy • Interpretation of Tongues
In Ephesians 4, you will cover what are known as the ministry gifts: • Apostles • Evangelists • Prophets • Pastors and Teachers
It might be helpful, if you are not already doing so, to challenge students to memorize Scriptures from these passages, especially the lists of spiritual fruit and gifts. These Scriptures can serve as great words of comfort and challenge for students, especially if they are struggling to understand or live out their purpose in the body of Christ. Finally, note that Lessons 12–13 are foundational to this unit, and indeed to the whole topic of living out our faith. If you have students who enjoy an extra challenge, invite them to memorize 1 Corinthians 13 and recite it to the class. And encourage all your students to live out the life of love as servants of God.
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