THURS. NOV 3 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | LEVITICUS 16 – NICK FURLONI HOST

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Leviticus 16

The Day of Atonement

16 The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the Lord. The Lord said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover.

“This is how Aaron is to enter the Most Holy Place: He must first bring a young bull for a sin offering[a] and a ram for a burnt offering. He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on.From the Israelite community he is to take two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

“Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household. Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting. He is to cast lots for the two goats—one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat.[b] Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and sacrifice it for a sin offering. 10 But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.

11 “Aaron shall bring the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household, and he is to slaughter the bull for his own sin offering. 12 He is to take a censer full of burning coals from the altar before the Lord and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense and take them behind the curtain.13 He is to put the incense on the fire before the Lord, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover above the tablets of the covenant law, so that he will not die. 14 He is to take some of the bull’s blood and with his finger sprinkle it on the front of the atonement cover; then he shall sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the atonement cover.

15 “He shall then slaughter the goat for the sin offering for the people and take its blood behind the curtain and do with it as he did with the bull’s blood: He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it.16 In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been. He is to do the same for the tent of meeting, which is among them in the midst of their uncleanness. 17 No one is to be in the tent of meeting from the time Aaron goes in to make atonement in the Most Holy Place until he comes out, having made atonement for himself, his household and the whole community of Israel.

18 “Then he shall come out to the altar that is before the Lord and make atonement for it. He shall take some of the bull’s blood and some of the goat’s blood and put it on all the horns of the altar. 19 He shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times to cleanse it and to consecrate it from the uncleanness of the Israelites.

20 “When Aaron has finished making atonement for the Most Holy Place, the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall bring forward the live goat. 21 He is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites—all their sins—and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the wilderness in the care of someone appointed for the task. 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.

23 “Then Aaron is to go into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments he put on before he entered the Most Holy Place, and he is to leave them there.24 He shall bathe himself with water in the sanctuary area and put on his regular garments. Then he shall come out and sacrifice the burnt offering for himself and the burnt offering for the people, to make atonement for himself and for the people. 25 He shall also burn the fat of the sin offering on the altar.

26 “The man who releases the goat as a scapegoatmust wash his clothes and bathe himself with water;afterward he may come into the camp. 27 The bull and the goat for the sin offerings, whose blood was brought into the Most Holy Place to make atonement, must be taken outside the camp; their hides, flesh and intestines are to be burned up. 28 The man who burns them must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water; afterward he may come into the camp.

29 “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves[c] and not do any work—whether native-born or a foreigner residing among you— 30 because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. Then, before the Lord, you will be clean from all your sins. 31 It is a day of sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. 32 The priest who is anointed and ordained to succeed his father as high priest is to make atonement. He is to put on the sacred linen garments 33 and make atonement for the Most Holy Place, for the tent of meeting and the altar, and for the priests and all the members of the community.

34 “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.”

And it was done, as the Lord commanded Moses.

 

Devotional

Leviticus 16

The day of atonement. This chapter emphasizes what Aaron (or every high priest after him) had to do by himself. About 20 times it says either ‘Aaron shall’ or ‘he shall’. A preview of one-man atoning for all sin … Jesus the Messiah. Nick said this morning even though we’re back in the Old Testament, put on your New Testament hat and think about the trial, the persecution and the events that Jesus went through. His death, His burial and resurrection all pointing to the completion of the day of atonement.

Moses tells us about the Day of Atonement. What a ritual, a messy one at that. A ritual they had to go through to atone for their sins. Praise God for Jesus on the cross.

First of all not just anyone could perform this elaborate ritual. You had to be invited and it was only one day of the year. It was not a ceremony to be taken lightly. Aaron had to bathe, put on special garments, gather up a bull and 2 goats, sacrifice the bull for his and his families sins, sprinkle the bulls blood on the ark of the covenant, then bring the goats, one to sacrifice for the Israelites and their sins plus sprinkle that blood as well. The other was a scapegoat. He put his hands on that goats head confessed the rebellion and wickedness of the Israelites and send the goat out with someone who would release it into the wilderness. That goat carried the sins of all the people which were forgiven for another year.

Wow. It wasn’t until Jesus came to make the final sacrifice that the need for these cleansing ceremonies ceased. Christ’s sacrifice was enough for all the sins of all who would ever believe in him. When this sacrifice was made Jesus declared, “it is finished”. John 19:30

At that point he sat down at the right hand of God and no further sacrifice was ever needed. Praise God!

Jesus. When you choose Jesus atonement will be made for your sins. He will wipe them white as snow from that day forward and all your sins will be forgotten. Wiped away, a clean slate. Then as you grow in your relationship with him and achieve to be more like Jesus the Commandments become easier to abide by. We don’t have to wait for a special day anymore, we can go to the cross anytime, anywhere, any day and lay our sin at the foot of the cross and repent.
Amen!

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