After the warriors returned from war, the Lord wanted them to go through a purification process,
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 (Numbers 31.19).
The Lord wanted Israel to remain separate from the nations, so that even after fighting the pagans in war and defeating them, the Israelites still had to purify themselves.
After all the sevens we have seen thus far in the Bible, it does not surprise us to learn that the Lord wanted His warriors to go through a seven day purification, and that purification would happen not only during the whole week, but on the seventh day, along with the third day (Oh, how we could do another blog on the number 3 in the Bible! Someone else want to do it?).
- Numbers 29.12 – Feast of Tabernacles in the seventh month for seven days (sevensinthebible.com)
- Sermon: In the Wilderness (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- Numbers 29.32 – Seven bulls and fourteen lambs on the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles (sevensinthebible.com)
- Numbers 28.29 – One-tenth of an ephah of fine flour and oil for the seven lambs (sevensinthebible.com)