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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
This unit explores some of the great psalms of King David. The Book of Psalms is among the most read and treasured portions of Scripture. And while it contains important words from God to us, we also find some very honest and open communication from humanity back to God. This can make it especially relevant and meaningful to your students, no matter where they may be in life. The Book of Psalms is extremely diverse; it can be used devotionally as well as in worship. It might be read as literature or sung as songs. Psalms is a rich cross-section of God’s revelation of Himself to His people and His people’s responses back to Him.
The Psalms are a collection of 150 separate poetic texts that were eventually brought together and divided into five books. The collecting of these psalms likely began around the time of King David and concluded around the postexilic period. While one might naturally attribute the Book of Psalms to David, there were several writers who contributed to its contents, including Moses, Solomon, and Asaph.
David, the great king of Israel, authored nearly half of the Book of Psalms, and some of his most well-known Psalms are the focus of this unit. As you prepare to teach, take time to record your thoughts about how God is the subject of each psalm and how this might make a difference in the life of your students.
The unit opens with what might be the most familiar psalm, Psalm 23. Here the Lord is described as a shepherd who lovingly and tenderly cares for His sheep, His own people. The lesson also explores Psalm 37, which likewise carries a similar theme, one that is constant in the wisdom literature: The righteous will endure, but the way of the wicked will perish. Next, in Psalm 34, students will find various expressions of God’s goodness. He saves His people from their enemies, and He is therefore worthy of adoration and trust. Psalm 40 exalts God as the One who is mighty to save His people—not only from the hands of the wicked but also from their own sinful selves.
Perhaps no psalm addresses God’s forgiveness more than Psalm 51. David composed this psalm after being confronted by the prophet Nathan about his sin with Bathsheba. This psalm can be especially meaningful to students as they ponder their own redemption. God knows us better than we know ourselves, a truth beautifully articulated in Psalm 139. Students will be reminded of a truth critical to both how they understand themselves and how they view human life: God formed us in our mother’s womb.
The unit concludes with a psalm of praise to our great God. Psalm 145 encourages us to praise Him, and to proclaim the Lord’s greatness to others. This is a critical function of the church, as well as in our own individual lives. God has commissioned you and your students to declare His greatness to those who have not heard, so that they, too, might come to worship the Most High God.
This unit also includes a Pentecost Sunday lesson on the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is critical for students to recognize the availability of the Holy Spirit to empower for witness and effective ministry. May we, like Peter and in the spirit of David in Psalm 145, declare God’s great gift of His empowering presence for all who would receive Him.
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