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Mikvah: The Gathering Of Nations
Rebecca Park Totilo Rebecca at the Well Foundation www.RATW.org

Greek Word Baptizos = Baptism
• Means: To wash or immerse or dip
repeatedly.

• To cleanse, by dipping by

submerging (of vessels sunk), to wash, to make clean with water, to wash one’s self, to overwhelm

New Testament Concept?
• Traditional Christianity teaches “John
the Baptist” was doing something “New” and radical.

• However, this Greek concept of
immersion has been since the beginning of creation.

Hebrew Word T’vilah= Immerse
• Common practice in the life of the Hebrew
people. T’vilah (immersion) was part of the Biblical faith before Messiah came.

• One of the requirements for conversion to
Judaism is the immersion in the Mikvah. (This should settle any disputes for believers whether it is necessary.)

T’ vilah has been described by Hebrew Scholars as the gateway into being Kodesh or “set apart.” T’vilah is the physical act of immersing into a body of moving water, called a “Mikvah” in Hebrew.

Hebrew Word Mikvah = Pool
• Means: Gathering of water. • Mentioned in Levitius 11:36,
“Nevertheless a fountain or pit, wherein there is plenty (Mikvah) of water, shall be clean: but that which toucheth their carcase shall be unclean. {wherein...: Heb. a gathering together of waters}

Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, author of “Waters of Eden, The Mystery of the Mikvah” writes:

• The immersion acts involves the

change of identity, “an assumption of a new status namely that of a Jew.”

• I wonder what Rabbi Kaplan would
think of all these little “Christian Jews” running around today?

Kaplan continues…
• “The use of the Mikvah is one of the main • In fact, “the Mikvah is more important
than a synagogue.” factors that distinguishes the Jew from the non-Jew.”

• Jewish Halachah says that a congregation
that doesn’t have a Mikvah doesn’t have the status of a community.

• In Israel in ancient times, the Mikvah
was the first facility built in a new community.

Encyclopedia Judaica states:
• The Mikvah is a, “a collection of
water, a pool or bath of clear water, immersion in which renders ritually clean a person who has become ritually unclean through contact with the dead (Num. 19) or any other defiling object, or through an unclean flux from the body (Lev. 15) and especially a menstruant. It is similarly used for vessels (Num. 31:22–23).”

According to the Tanakh:
Basic areas where immersion in the Mikvah is required:

3. After a woman’s menstrual period, she may not
be intimate with her husband until she has immersed in the Mikvah. is invalid without it according to Judaism. (implied) non-Jews must be immersed.

5. Immersion is an integral part of conversion and 7. Vessels, utensils, and dishes manufactured by 9. Another important function is various types of
Tumah – or ritual defilement.

Other Times to Mikvah:
• It is customary to immerse before
Yom Kippur, as a sign of purity and repentance.

• The bride immerses the day before

her wedding as a process of spiritual purification and cleansing.

Torah Commandments
Three Categories: 2. First, moral laws – Thou shall not kill, Thou shall not steal, etc. are known as Mishpatim, translated as “judgments.”

4. Second, commandments concerning the Feasts
to reawaken us to truth, are known as Edos, translated as “witnesses.” Yeshua told His disciples to be His witnesses (Book of Revelation).

6. Third, are laws and commandments for no

apparent reason such as dietary laws, serve to strengthen man’s bond to God are called Chukim, translated as “decrees.” The Mikvah falls in this category.

Talmud says…
• These are the laws that the “evil urge (Yetzer
Hara) and the Nations of the Earth try to refute.

• If we don’t understand something, its tempting to
find an excuse to not do them.

• These are the first to go, when wavering in the
faith.

• This all the more reason why it is an ACT OF

FAITH. It indicates that we are willing and ready to obey, even if we can’t justify them with logic.

When the Israelites received the commandments they responded, “we will do” and then they said, “we will hear.” The Torah was given without any understanding of “why” but just that we would obey.

James 1:22
• But be ye doers of the word, and not
hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Laws of Purity
• Falls in the category of Chukim
(decrees), which we are to do as an act of faith, in order to be spiritually purified.

T’ vilah to Set Apart
• The original consecration of Aaron and his
sons as Kohanim (priests) administered by Moses, after the Exodus was with the act of immersion. their status for priesthood.

• This Mikvah was to “set apart” and change • Second, we see special significance of

Mikvah in the Yom Kippur service for the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) in the Holy Temple. (Leviticus 16)

You are a Royal Priesthood
• The most important reason of immersion
into water is not physical cleanliness, but to reinforce the Bible’s message of separation. As Hebrews we have been called out of darkness into the Light of YHWH as today’s priests of righteousness. our actions. (Our choices of following His Feasts which are “witnesses”, Dietary laws & Mikvah which are “decrees” show that we set ourselves apart unto Him.)

• We are set apart as His children, through

1 Peter 2:9
• But ye are a chosen generation, a
royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

T’ vilah to be Saved
• The Talmud states, “as soon as the
convert immerses and emerges, he is like a Jew in every way.” It also teaches that he is like a “new born child.”

• Mikvah is like the process of rebirth,

and in fact, represents the womb. He emerges born anew.

Mikvah is a Gathering of Waters
• Seas gathered are a Mikvah,
representing the womb.

• Seed-bearing plants on dry land,

demonstrates how to be “born again” with death followed by resurrection.

Reoccurring Theme in Scripture day (separation of upper and • Creation on 3
rd

lower waters – gathering of waters into seas – separation of water and dry land) the fountains of the deep were broken up, cleansing the earth)

• Great Flood (from within the heart of the earth, • Israelites Crossing Reed Sea (after the

deliverance, Yah had to cleanse and separate them from Egypt) “wash their clothes” and prepare for the 3rd day.

• At Mount Sinai, Yah gave specific instructions to

Genesis 1:9-13
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

T’ vilah for Repentance
• Because of not keeping Torah, we
have broken fellowship with Elohim. Immersion by faith restores this breach.

• Mikvah changes a believer’s spiritual
status from Tomeh (unclean) to Tahor (clean).

Isaiah 1:16-17
• “Wash yourself and make yourself clean;
put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do tov; seek mishpat (judgment), relieve the oppressed, defend the fatherless, and plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, says YHWH, though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

The Prophet Isaiah Instructs Us
• Turn from sin, and evil doings • Immerse and become clean • Do Good Deeds, Seek to know His
ways

How to be Restored

(When we do this, Jeremiah tells us what Yahweh will do for us.)

Jeremiah 33:8
• “See, I will bring it health and relief, and I
will cure them, and will reveal to them the abundance of real shalom and emet. And I will cause the exile of Yahudah and the exile of Yisrael to shuv, and will build them, as at the first. And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, by which they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, by which they have sinned, and by which they have transgressed against Me.”

Mikvah is a Grave
• When a person immerses, he is
temporarily in a state of non-living (not breathing).

• When he emerges, he is resurrected
with a new status.

Hebrew Word = Kever or Kibraw
• Means: Grave, and is occasionally
used for womb. (Both states – womb and grave are at the same end points in the cycle of life) Reference: Numbers 19:18

Dying to Self / Resurrection
• With the act of immersing in a
Mikvah, it symbolizes our dying to self and being resurrected as a new creation in Messiah.

John 19:33-35
• But when they came to Jesus, and
saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs: But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.

1 Peter 3:21-22
• “And this water symbolizes baptism that
now saves you also--not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward Elohim. It saves you by the resurrection of Yahshua HaMoshiach, who has gone into heaven and is at YHWH's right hand--with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.”

Hebrews 9:22
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

• Another translation says: “Be

immersed into Him and be washed in His precious blood.”

His Blood and Water
• Our mikvah into Yahshua’s blood and
water is our salvation.

• Yeshua told the woman in Samaria,

that He had the living water; drink of Him and never thirst.

Jeremiah 14:8
• “O the hope of Israel, the saviour
thereof in time of trouble…”

• Hebrew Word Hope = Mikveh
Our hope is the gathering of Israel from all nations, like many waters in our day of trouble.

Mikvah is the Gathering of Israel
• Waters is symbolic of nations or
people groups.

• It restores our relationship with
Elohim.

Ezekiel 36:24-28
• “For I will take you from among the
heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people,

Mark 16:16
• “He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Matthew 28:19-20
• “Go therefore, and make talmidim
(disciples) of all nations, doing mikvah (baptizing) upon them in My Name: Teaching them to shomer (observe) all things, which I have commanded you: and, see, I am with you always, even to the end of the olam hazeh (world).”

T’ vilah is an act of Obedience
• Followers of Yeshua are baptized. • We are to continue the work He
started on the earth and baptize others in His Name.

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How?
• With water. Lots of it.
“And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.” John 3:23

Acts 3:39
• “And he commanded the chariot to
stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

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