Bible study 136 – Numbers 19Posted: February 16, 2017
There have been some suggestions earlier that touching dead people is not a good thing to do, but now we get a proper set of rules. Anyone who touches a dead body (or is in the same tent as one), or who touches a human bone or a grave, are unclean for seven days. To get clean, a clean person must sprinkle ash mixed with water on them (and the tent, and uncovered pots etc.). Ash used for this purpose must be produced through a ritual in which Aaron’s son Eleazar slaughters and burns a red cow outside the camp. Also, everyone involved in any of these rituals are unclean until the evening. I sometimes wonder how many percent of Israelites were unclean at any given time.
Whatever the unclean person touches shall be unclean, and anyone who touches it shall be unclean until evening.