Uncleanness

  • Why “clean” versus “unclean?” Bottom line, “Because I am the Lord your God.”  “Because I said so.”
  • Uncleanness cleaned by sprinkling
    • Leprosy: Leviticus 14:7, 14:51
    • Priests: Numbers 8:7, Exodus 29:21
    • Touching the dead: Numbers 19:13, 21
  • Sprinkling sanctifies: Leviticus 16:19, 8:11, 8:30
  • Hebrews 9:18 – 26 Verse 22 contains two ideas
    • Sprinkling sanctifies
    • Sacrifice remits sins
  • Hebrews 10:11 – 22
    • Jesus’ sacrifice remits sins: 10:12, 14, 18
    • Sprinkling Jesus’ blood sanctifies: 10:14, 20, 22
  • We cannot be our own sacrifice, but we are called upon to cleanse ourselves
    • 2 Corinthians 7:1 Let us cleanse ourselves
    • James 4:8 Cleanse your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you doubleminded
  • Jesus takes the High Priestly role of sprinkler
    • Ephesians 5:26 That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.
    • 1 Peter 1:2 “Sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus” is parallel to  “Sanctification of the Spirit.”
    • 1 John 1:7 The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin
    • 1 John 1:9 Two images
      • If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
      • And to cleanse us from all unrighteousness