This Sunday we will be reading together for our “Creation to Consummation” reading Leviticus 16:15-16.
“Then he [the High Priest] shall kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it over the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins.”
This event takes places on what was known on the Jewish calendar as the Day of Atonement. This was the most important day in the Jewish year. It was the one day on which the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place where the Ark of the Covenant was located, which was considered to be the very throne of God on earth, and there he would take the blood of the sacrificial goat and sprinkle it on the Mercy Seat—the Ark of the Covenant—thereby atoning for the sins of God’s people. However, this ritual never actually atoned for sins but instead was intended to remind the people of their sinfulness and point them towards their need for a genuine savior (Heb. 10:1-4, 11). Ultimately, that genuine savior is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, who as our great High Priest, offers himself as a sacrifice. “For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (v.14). Looking forward to Sunday!
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