In this ceremony, why is it necessary for the blood to ascend into heaven (sprinkled on the living bird) and to be applied to the person (sprinkled upon the cleansed leper)? What does this picture?
Sunday morning, Alice's minister preached from Leviticus 14:4-7 regarding how a leper was to be pronounced clean: "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."
To Alice's amazement, her minister explained how the two birds pictured Christ's two states - His humiliation and exaltation. He further revealed how both are needed to pronounce spiritual lepers clean.
Explain what is pictured by the following:
- The birds being alive and clean
- The wood, scarlet (blood-color), and hyssop
- Killing the bird in an earthen vessel
- The flowing blood and running water
- The bloodstained bird being released to freely ascend into the sky
- The leper
- The leper being sprinkled with the blood seven times
Which bird pictures Christ's state of humiliation, and which, His exaltation?
As in His state of humiliation, Christ's exaltation takes place in steps. His steps of exaltation include His resurrection, ascension, sitting at the right hand of God, and second coming to judge all.