08 September 2014

EJ&T Numbers 19: Getting clean with holy water made from the ashes of a red cow

In the Every Jot and Tittle project, I am listing all of the Bible's commandments from Genesis to Revelation, in accordance with Jesus's words in Matthew 5:18-19. I have no idea how many commandments I'll find, but Jewish tradition claims there are 613. See here for a list of those that I've found so far.

  1. Kill and burn a red cow; make holy water from its ashes to wash away sin.
    I think this cow qualifies
  2. Find an unblemished, spotless red cow that has never pulled a plow.
    And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke. Numbers 19:1-6
    Give the red cow to a priest, who will kill it, dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle the blood seven times in front of the tabernacle.
    And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face: And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times. Numbers 19:3-4
    Burn the dead cow's body in the sight of the priest, including the skin, flesh, blood, and dung.
    And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn: Numbers 19:5
    Throw some cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet onto the burning cow.
    And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer. Numbers 19:6
    Then the priest must wash his clothes and take a bath. He will be unclean until the evening. Likewise for the person who burned the cow.
    Then the priest shall wash his clothes, and he shall bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp, and the priest shall be unclean until the even. And he that burneth her shall wash his clothes in water, and bathe his flesh in water, and shall be unclean until the even. Numbers 19:8-9
    Have a clean man collect the ashes and put them in a clean place. The ashes will be used to make "a water of separation" that will wash away sin.
    And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay them up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin. Numbers 19:9
    The clean man that gathered the ashes must wash his clothes. He will be unclean until the evening.
    And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even. Numbers 19:10a
    This is a statute for ever and for everyone, Israelites and strangers.
    It shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever. Numbers 19:10b

  3. How to get clean after touching a dead body, bone, grave, unclean person, or water of separation
  4. If you touch a dead body, you will be unclean for seven days.
    He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days. Numbers 19:11
    But if you wash yourself on the third and seventh days with the holy water made from the red cow's ashes, then you'll be clean.
    He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean. Numbers 19:12a
    If you don't wash yourself with the cow-ash water on the third and seventh days, you won't be clean.
    But if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean. Numbers 19:12b
    If you touch the dead body of a dead man, and don't purify yourself according to the above instructions, you'll be cut off and unclean.
    Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him. Numbers 19:13
    If a man dies in a tent, whoever enters the tent is unclean for seven days. And any open containers are also unclean.
    This is the law, when a man dieth in a tent: all that come into the tent, and all that is in the tent, shall be unclean seven days. And every open vessel, which hath no covering bound upon it, is unclean. Numbers 19:14-15
    If you touch the dead body of someone who was killed with a sword, or any other dead body, or a human bone, or a grave, then you'll be unclean for seven days.
    And whosoever toucheth one that is slain with a sword in the open fields, or a dead body, or a bone of a man, or a grave, shall be unclean seven days. Numbers 19:16
    If you are unclean, get some of the red cow ashes and mix them with water. Have a clean person take some hyssop, dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent, the open containers, and any people that were around a dead man, or who touched a dead person, bone or grave.
    And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel: And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave: Numbers 19:17-18
    Have the clean person sprinkle you on the third and seventh day. Then wash your clothes and take a bath. You'll be clean that evening.
    And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even. Numbers 19:19
    If you don't get clean, though, you'll be unclean and cut off from your people.
    But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself,that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean. Numbers 19:20
    This is a perpetual statute.
    And it shall be a perpetual statute unto them, that he that sprinkleth the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even. Numbers 19:21a
    The person that sprinkles the water of separation must wash his clothes. And whoever touches the water of separation will be unclean until evening.
    He that sprinkleth the water of separation shall wash his clothes; and he that toucheth the water of separation shall be unclean until even. Numbers 19:
    Whoever touches the unclean person is unclean until evening.
    And whatsoever the unclean person toucheth shall be unclean; and the soul that toucheth it shall be unclean until even. Numbers 19:22


Superdave said...

Q: How does one make holy water...?

Steve Wells said...

It's not easy, David. I don't think anyone does it anymore. (Except for the Catholics, that is. And they don't follow the correct Biblical procedure.)

The Biblical method is given in Commandment 359 (Numbers 19:1-10), although it isn't actually called "holy water" in the text. It's called "water of separation."

The trick is to find, kill, and burn an unblemished red cow. The holy water is made from the cow's ashes. See Numbers 19 for the details.

Stephen said...

Steve, I came across the following on the link "Except for the Catholics":

Exorcised salt is very powerful against the devil. You can sprinkle around your house, yard, work, and neighborhood. You can use it to cook with too.

This is amazing culinary advice! I can't wait to try it on my pork roast. And I've been having lawn devils this summer; it's nice to know how to deal with them. ;-)
Steve Weeks

Cloud Hermit said...

Dear honorable Sir Steve Wells:

Here is my humble theory:

A Letter From Mr. Kuo (Peace and Christ)

Dear beloved friends and beloved former students,

I hope you all are doing well and splendid.

I am currently working as an USA-China Peace Relations Interfaith Minister-Priest. I still teach at HISD, but I left Bellaire High School because I have been at Bellaire already for 7-8 years and want to see something new, not to mention I already spent 4 years of high school at Bellaire and an alumnus. I am enjoying and love my current school.

To open the theme of this message with clarity; this is a message to plead for peace, and peace for earth and humankind, and for peaceful coexistence.

Cloud Hermit said...

Dear honorable Sir Steve Wells (con't):

It is rumored that Jesus spent His Lost Years in India studying the doctrines of the Buddha who preceded Him for about 500 years. (Buddha was born 500 BC.)

My personal theory is that Jesus was killed by evil very selfish sinful men, Satan-the-Devil, and demons prematurely to deliver this following sermon and message, which would have included talking about the Buddha, who is actually the "Moses of Asia." However, before Jesus got to the more depth portion of God's message, Satan and demons killed Him before he were to be crucified at around age 50.

It is my humble opinion and two cents of worth, but it could open a door for more love and peace, dialogue to decrease hate and enmity, mistrust, and underhanded religious discrimination at school and work, unfair religious discrimination the go under the law at work and school, and breaks apart lovely relationships because of religions, and deliver more people out of suffering and misery and gain liberation and salvation after death. More collaboration to fight global poverty and fight resources and collaboration to fight terrorism.

Cloud Hermit said...

If you are not happy with your social status, you can apply to reincarnate to earth again to try again, but you have to lose your memories for the new test, and risk hell. In heaven, you retain your skin color as on Earth, but shine and beautiful features based on good virtue deeds on Earth. If you have enough blessings, you can switch skin colors or appear almost anyhow skin colors and change everyday. The lowest 1 percent-tile citizen live better lives than Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Brad Pitt, and George Clonney combined. Earth is a test of "love your enemies - including non-believers, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, atheists, agnostics, LGBT's, etc." Satan has written a Satan-Bible in hell to challenge God with huge Force (look at Newtown and all shootings and Christian children premature deaths). If Satan claims Earth, the Satan-Bible wins, and Satan has a chance to enter heaven and conquer heaven and kill all angels, heaven inhabitants, Jesus, and eventually God, or make all including God prisoners of Satan. The known world will become Satan's world. In heaven, some angel-bodhisattvas will choose to come back to earth to lead souls to heaven as "earth angel-bodhisattvas." Or they can go to hell to fight demons to claim souls back, called "warrior-bodhisattvas." Overall, there on earth are: "earth angels," "earth bodhisattvas," "earth angel-bodhisattvas," "spirit angels," "spirit bodhisattvas," etc.

God a King, like King Saul, King David, or Solomon the King. Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Confucius are like the prophets Elijah, Elisha, Enoch, Ezikel, and Isaiah.

Jesus is like the prince of a King. It is absurd to think whether the King or the Prophet Elijah is more powerful or important than the other one in running the world (kingdom(s)), when actually, they would work togther - as God and Buddha, as a king and a prophet.

Cloud Hermit said...

PS Why is there a hierarchy in heaven? If all are equal, then an average Christian can crush God. The hierarchy is based on Christ virtues. More virtues, higher status.

PPS Why didn't God tell us through Jesus? Satan's force outdone Jesus and killed him before crucified him at 80. (Buddha lived to age 80.)

PPPS How do you know if I am bull-shitting? In silence, pray to God for a sign.

PPPPS Is Mr. Kuo sent from God? Mr. Kuo is an earth angel-bodhisattva. (Christian-Buddhist Interfaith Minister-Priest.)

PPPPPS Is Mr. Kuo still a virgin? Well, he was when he left Bellaire High School 2 years ago. If you want to know, buy him dinner.

PPPPPPS If you leave this message, you are not open-minded.

PPPPPPPS Why didn't Buddha mention Jesus clearly, Buddha came to earth, everything is free will, Buddha cannot have the power to predict Jesus's level of achievements accurately. I personally say if Jesus live to be crucified at 80, Jesus would have 100% defeat evil. Now it is probably 50:50 because Jesus lived to 40 out of 80. Christians will need Buddhist mantra magic help to fight Satan.

I won't have time to answer low IQ frivolous questions.

Thank you if you read the message.

copyright © Kai Wai Kuo - Victor Kwok


Cloud Hermit said...

To the CIA's and White House:

The truth is that the Buddha is the Teacher to 3,000,000 gods in 28 levels of deva-realm-heavens. In our galaxy, there is four human planets. In truth, if a God or human possesses the same qualities as the Buddha, they are equal to the Buddha. But flesh-body or god-body incarnate anatomical system may impose limitation to memory and wisdom.

Cloud Hermit said...

Another Perspective: Buddhism Cosmology and Other Major Religions

Buddhism Cosmology and Other Major Religions


Presently, there are 3 major traditions of Buddhism (2012).

They are the Mahayana, Vajrayana, and Thervada.

Mahayana is popular in countries like China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Vajrayana was established in ancient Tibet and has found significant followings in Western countries since the political shift in Tibet. Thervada is prevalent in the Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Indonesia.

All three traditions traced back in historical records to the Gautama Buddha.

The Mahāyāna tradition is the largest major tradition of Buddhism existing today (2012), with 56% of all Buddhism practitioners, compared to 38% for Theravāda and 6% for Vajrayāna.

There are Ten Spiritual Realms in the Mahayana angle of looking at all sentient living beings.

con't: https://www.facebook.com/notes/victor-kwok/buddhism-cosmology-and-other-major-religions/10151403428065796

Cloud Hermit said...

Dear Honorable Sir Steve Wells,

As an "earth bodhisattva" Kai Wai Kuo (Facebook: Victor Kwok), we the Buddhists value your contribution to search for the Truth. I now dedicate karmic merits for Steve Wells and his family to be reborn in Amituofo, Amitabha, Amitayus Buddha's Pure Land. The Pure Land Buddhism Pure Land.

Be rest assured, if there were/is an afterlife, your and your family will be in the best place, Pure Land Buddha Buddhism Pure Land.

Cloud Hermit said...

Dear Honorable Sir Steve Wells,

You are the USA genius on religions. Here is an outlay on Mahayana Buddhism, and you may critique Mahayana Buddhism also after you have finished with the Abrahamic religions. Best to you, and I already know you will have a most wonderful afterlife.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/mahayana.english

Stephen said...

Cloud Hermit: time to get back on your medications. Seriously.
Steve Weeks

Superdave said...

A: (on how to make holy water) Take a pot of water, & boil the hell out of it!

Yark Hutprancer said...

>>I won't have time to answer low IQ frivolous questions.

Will you have time to explain the basis for your many opinions? Just spitting out a ton of opinions isn't at all convincing.

For example, you say that "it is rumored" that Jesus spent time in India. But so what? Rumors aren't always true. Where does this rumor come from? Is there any way to verify the truth of it objectively? Certainly it would be foolish to believe every rumor. I once heard a rumor that Steve Burns had died. He had not.

Remember, opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one.

I have a pretty high IQ, and these are not frivolous questions, so don't blow me off.