And as for you, remain outside the camp seven days; whoever has killed any person, and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day. Num 31:19
The law of purification from uncleanness on the third and seventh days is referring back to the law of the red heifer for purification (Num 19:19-20)! We have already seen that the law of the red heifer is prophetic of Messiah Yeshua. What is significant about the third and seventh days in purification?
Of course, the third day is the day Messiah rose from the dead with resurrection life, and completely defeated death. Therefore we are cleansed from death on the third day. And I believe the seventh day is a reference to the law of the Sabbath, which is also the gospel of grace preached from Torah. The seventh day is the day of rest from work, just as in the gospel, we rest in the cleanness Messiah Yeshua has imputed to us, and do not work our own work to earn salvation. Also, the seventh millennium is the millennium of the kingship of Messiah Yeshua, a millennium of rest and cleanness from sin.
The chiastic structure for this section of Scripture is revealing:
We see from the structure that the central focus of this passage is the children of Israel receiving their inheritance. The abstract concept of “inheritance” in the Hebrew is from the verb Strong’s H5157 נחל nachal, a primitive root meaning, “to receive an inheritance.” The 3-letter root is nun + chet + lamed.
nun נ ן = seed, thus continue, heir, son
chet ח = wall, thus outside, divide, half
lamed ל = shepherd’s staff, thus teach, yoke, to, bind
The story: The heir (nun) receives what has been divided (chet) to him by his father (lamed).
YHVH is the Father who first divided to Abram the Land for his inheritance.
And YHVH said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him: “Lift up now your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, to you will I give it, and to your seed for ever. And I will make your seed as the dust of the earth; so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall your seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for to you will I give it.” Gen 13:14-17
Paul reveals that Abraham’s inheritance was not only for the Promised Land, but for the whole world.
And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also,and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised. For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Rom 4:11-13
The Greek for “world” here is kosmos, the orderly arrangement of the host of heaven. The translators of the Septuagint used kosmos to translate the Hebrew word צבא tsawba, meaning host (of heaven), as in Gen 2:1,
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Was Abraham promised not only the Land, but heaven and earth as well? It was that promise which Yeshua, the Promised Seed, obtained through inheritance.
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Heb 1:1-4
And through Him, the inheritance was given to the children.
And if you are Messiah’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Gal 3:29