Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | Numbers 19

The water of purification ritual is a little like the “one and done” ceremony of baptism. God actually calls the burning of a heifer and collecting its ashes a ceremony, and this is a “one-time” thing done by Eleazar only so that the people will have a way to purify themselves of their sins. The chapter feels like an aside note to the chapters around it – almost like God says, “Oh, yes, and here’s how you must procure the holy water.” While I relate the ceremony to baptism, and that Jesus’s one-time death washes away our sins so that we don’t have to be sprinkled daily by a priest, I also relate it to Catholic ceremonies, about which I know little. I used to attend Catholic Church with my cousins in Kansas once in a while, but all I remember really is that there was a bunch of kneeling and that I was afraid to have the priest place that round wafer in my mouth. “What if he touches my tongue???” I asked my cousin Cheryl. I can still hear her giggling and telling me I didn’t have to go up there. I was so relieved. And there was NO WAY I was going to be splashed with that water thingy, either.

Writing promt: baptism

Have you been baptized? I was 16 when I was baptized. My friend, Gina, and I got baptized together by Rev. Gary Hornish at the First Christian Church in Cherokee, Oklahoma, which I still call my home church today. Some people have their babies dedicated or baptized when they’re born. I wrote a huge research paper in college on baptism and how many religions partake in some sort of purification ritual. Fascinating stuff! Write about your feelings and thoughts about baptism today. Some say “one and done.” Others say it doesn’t hurt to be baptized several times. What say you?


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