"The Elementary Teachings" Series

Instruction About Baptisms

The Mikvah and Waters of Cleansings

By David M Rogers

Published: September 2017

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Messiah and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in Elohim, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.  And Elohim permitting, we will do so. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

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Baptism For the Dead

So begins the study


"'But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers-- their treachery against me and their hostility toward me, which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies-- then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, I will remember my covenant with Ya'acov and my covenant with Yitzchak and my covenant with Avraham, and I will remember the land.  For the land will be deserted by them and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them. They will pay for their sins because they rejected my laws and abhorred my decrees. 

Yet in spite of this, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them or abhor them so as to destroy them completely, breaking my covenant with them. I am Yahuwah their Elohim.  But for their sake I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Mitzrayim in the sight of the nations to be their Elohim. I am Yahuwah.'"  These are the decrees, the laws and the regulations that Yahuwah established on Mount Sinai between himself and the sons of Yisrael through Mosheh. (Vayikra [Leviticus] 26:40-46)


The Prayer of Daniel

 I prayed to Yahuwah my Elohim and confessed: "Yahuwah, the great and awesome Elohim, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands,
5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.
6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
7 "Yahuwah, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame-- the men of Yehudah and people of Yerushalayim and all Yisrael, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you.
8 Yahuwah, we and our kings, our princes and our fathers are covered with shame because we have sinned against you.
9 Yahuwah our Elohim is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;
10 we have not obeyed Yahuwah our Elohim or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets.
11 All Yisrael has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. "Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Mosheh, the servant of Elohim, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you.
12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Yerushalayim.
13 Just as it is written in the Law of Mosheh, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of Yahuwah our Elohim by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. (Daniel 8:4-13)


Nehemiah's prayer

"Now therefore, O our Elohim, the great, mighty and awesome Elohim, who keeps his covenant of love, do not let all this hardship seem trifling in your eyes-- the hardship that has come upon us, upon our kings and leaders, upon our priests and prophets, upon our fathers and all your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until today.  In all that has happened to us, you have been just; you have acted faithfully, while we did wrong.  Our kings, our leaders, our priests and our fathers did not follow your law; they did not pay attention to your commands or the warnings you gave them.  Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying your great goodness to them in the spacious and fertile land you gave them, they did not serve you or turn from their evil ways. (Nehemia 9:32-35)


Baptism for the dead?

Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? (1 Corinthians 15:26)