[bible1year] Devotional comments on Leviticus 16-18

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 5 Feb 2016 12:47:29 -0000
        Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the fast (Acts 
27:9), on the tenth day of the seventh month, marked the 
climax of access to God under the old covenant. It was 
the most solemn day of the entire year, when the High 
Priest entered the Holy of Holies to make annual 
atonement for the sins of the nation. Hebrews 10 is the 
New Testament commentary on this chapter, and should be 
read in conjunction with today's reading. The High 
Priest made three visits into the Holy of Holies on this 
day: First, to burn the incense; then with the blood of 
his own sin offering; and finally, with the blood of the 
sin offering for the people. Before any blood was taken 
into the Holy of Holies, the incense was first taken in. 
Why? Because the burning of the incense before the Mercy 
Seat symbolized the praise and glory of God.

        The Priest had to bring the blood of his 
offering to the Mercy Seat. The blood shed was not 
enough; it had to be sprinkled at the Mercy Seat. This 
atoned for the High Priest and his household, and thus 
made him a fit person to offer the sin offering for the 
people. All of this was preparation for the main task of 
the day, the offering of the sin offering for the 

        Verse 20 of chapter 16 indicates that the blood 
of the sin offering "reconciled" the people and the 
Tabernacle to God (see Hebrews 9:23,24). Having applied 
the blood, the High Priest then took the live goat, laid 
his hands on its head and confessed the sins of the 
people, thus symbolically transferring their guilt to 
the innocent animal. The word "scapegoat" comes from a 
Hebrew word which means "to remove." This goat was then 
sent away into the wilderness, never to be seen again. 
This illustrated the removal of the nation's sins. Of 
course, these rituals did not remove sin, since they had 
to be repeated year after year, but they illustrated 
what Christ would do when He died ONCE for the sins of 
the world. The believing Israelite was saved by his 
faith, just as we are saved by faith.

        Chapter 17:11 is a key verse of the Bible, for 
it emphatically states that the only way of atonement is 
through the blood. Long before science discovered the 
marvel of blood, the Bible taught that the life is in 
the blood. We live in a day when "modernists" reject the 
doctrine of the blood of Christ. They call it 
"slaughterhouse religion." It needs to be made clear 
that the Bible is a book of blood, from Genesis (where 
God slew animals to clothe Adam and Eve) to Revelation 
(where John beheld Christ "as a Lamb that was slain"). 
It is not Christ the Example or Christ the Teacher who 
saves us; it is Christ the Lamb of God, crucified for 
the sins of the world.