May 17, 2007
Breadcrumb: Do these ashes look clean?
Num. 19 is occupied primarily with a ritual to create a water of cleansing and how it is to be used. In short, a red heifer must be burnt with cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet, and the remaining ashes are mixed with water to provide the purifying water. This water is sprinkled on a man who has touched a dead body, in order to purify him. If someone refuses to undergo the purification, he must be excommunicated. (KJV: "cut off from among the congregation") Yet again, flaunting God's laws is not generally advisable.