Today's Favorite Verse: Numbers 19:9
"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."
Footnote: Water of separation: IE water for removal of impurity.
I knew that for some reason a red heifer was important to the Jews trying to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem today. I had assumed that a pure red heifer was a symbol of Christ. What I didn't know was the ritual it was to be used in. It was for purification after touching the dead. The pure red heifer was killed and totally burned to ashes. Then a small amount of ash was place in water for the ritual to become clean afterwards.
A person that touched the dead needed to purify himself with the water of separation on the third day and then on the seventh day he is clean. So the purification with a red heifer was removing the impurities from them. That must be talking about the Savior's atonement and taking upon himself our sins. Where in the garden of Gethsemane he bleed drops of blood from every pour. Then three days after his death he was resurrected. He overcame death, the very thing the people were trying to become clean from.
The desire to perform this ordinance once again must be to purify themselves before the Savior's coming. Which really is his second coming. The way I today become clean is through faith in Christ, repenting of my sins, and the ordinance of baptism. Every seven days on the Sabbath, I take the sacrament to renew my baptismal covenants and become clean once again. The fear of death is no more, for Christ has overcome that separation. He is the living water that makes me clean.