What I Read Today;
Leviticus 15-16; Psalm 45; Isaiah 12; Luke 1; 2 Corinthians 13
As we go through the book of Leviticus, we witness all of the ceremonies dedicated to sin, fellowship, and guilt. We hear about holiness and the priesthood. We listen as we read about ceremonial cleanliness.
Then we come to the day of atonement.
In spite of our best efforts, we are still not clean. Even if we follow every jot and tittle of the Levitical law, we won’t be perfect. Our consciences will be screaming at us, accusing us every time we mess up. That’s who we are.
God is trying to show us in the Day of Atonement, how incredibly difficult it is for us to get behind the curtain and fellowship with God. He’s pointing out that only certain people can actually get to be in his presence. Look at the procedure for entering into the Sanctuary, otherwise known as the Holy of Holies.
- Only on a specific day
- The priest must atone for his own sin through the sacrifice of a young bull
- The priest must bath in water
- The priest must put on his priestly garments
- The priest then must make a sacrifice for the congregation of two male goats and a separate burnt offering of a ram for a burnt-offering
- He made atonement for himself and his house then the congregation.
- He had to perform the ceremony for the rams, declaring one an offering and the other the scapegoat who would carry the sins out of the camp
- The priest would bring the incense inside the curtain so that a cloud of incense would cover the mercy seat.
- He would put the blood of the bull in front of the mercy seat and before the mercy seat
- He would then slaughter the goat for the people
- No one could be inside the tent while this was happening.
- When he was finished, he had to bath again
- The person who led the goat outside the camp had to bath
- The person who burned the offering had to bath himself
Why all this?
Because we are sinful. No matter how well we live our lives, we don’t measure up to God’s standards.
But we don’t do these rituals anymore? Why is that?
Because these rituals were pointing the people to the one who would set them free from sin and shame. The ceremonies were pointing to Jesus.
We can enter the holy place now and experience the presence of a Holy God because Jesus paid for our sins. He took the punishment so that we didn’t have to.