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“Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:

And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water: As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:

And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field. ” – Leviticus 14:4-7

What’s this with the birds (not just one but two), the thread (it must be red), a stick (it must be Cedar), and a branch (it must be hyssop)?! It all seems arbitrary until we see Jesus!

THE PLAYERS:
Two Birds – Jesus and us. Christ set aside his glory to become one of us – completely human.1

Ceder Wood – The cross – Christ’s and ours.2

Scarlet Thread – Thread representing what keeps us bound, Scarlet representing, sin3. It is our sin that binds us, breaks our relationships, and keeps us from living free.

Hyssop – Used for sprinkling sacrificial blood, water, or whatever on the people and things around the altar4 – God’s blessings, His word, and His will are to be applied to our daily living, not just kept as theory.

Earthen Bowl – The real, tangible, physical world in which we live.5

Running Water – Life, activity, constant motion.

THE ACTION:
One bird killed, his blood gathered in an earthen bowl over running water – Jesus sacrificed on the cross at a point in time and a real place while life moved on and many never noticed.

Second bird, stick, thread, and branch dipped in the sacrificed bird’s blood – Our lives, our daily trials,7 our many sins, are to be touched by Christ’s sacrifice.8 His “blood” is to be applied to us and all we are or hope to be and do.

Second bird release – When touched by Christ’s work on the cross we are set free from sin’s bondage, released to live a full, abundant life!9

See, those laws are not arbitrary at all – the whole Bible is a book about one man – Jesus the Christ.10

– fritz@langgang.com
1 – Hebrews 2:14
2 – Luke 9:23
3 – Isaiah 1:8
4 – Numbers 19:18
5 – 2nd Corinthians 4:7
7 – Luke 9:23
8 – Hebrews 9:11-12
9 – John 8:36
10 – Hebrews 8:1-6, Hebrews 9:9

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Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham…. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him … we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, … Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him … for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8:39-44 (KJV)

Your true parentage, in God’s eyes, is determined not by genetics but by actions – who you act like.

The Pharisees thought Abraham was their father but Jesus countered that the acorn does not fall far from the tree.

We can change parentage by being what Jesus called, “Born Again” (John 3:3) – birthed with God as our father!

So, whose your daddy?

– Fritz@langgang.com

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Truth is Not Freedom For Everyone

If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins…[but] If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:24,31-32

The last sentence of this verse if often quoted out of context and, taken out of context, it is not always accurate. Truth can bring prison not freedom! Truth can bring condemnation not acceptance! Truth can be a fearful thing because the truth is that there is no one truly innocent and to quote a famous line from a recent movie, also out of context, “You can’t handle the truth!”

But those in Christ can! Those who have accepted the truth that Jesus died for their sins are not afraid because along with the truth of their sins is the truth of payment for those sins.- Fritz@langgang.com

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