The Biblical Way – February 12

Leviticus 16

In today’s reading:

The day of atonement; the goat sent to the desert; prohibition of eating blood; civil and religious laws; prohibited acts of immorality

A manually, on the Day of Atonement, Aaron, the high priest, had to first submit a calf as a sacrifice for his own sins before proceeding with the offerings of the people. God had said, “With this Aaron shall enter the sanctuary: with a calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering. . . . Then he shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the door of the Tent of Meeting. . . . Then he will slaughter the goat as an atonement for the sin of the people, and bring the blood behind the veil inside. . . and scatter it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat. . . . (And) Aaron shall lay his two hands on the head of the living goat, and shall confess upon it. . . all his sins (of the people), thus putting them on the head of the goat, and he will send it into the wilderness. . . And that goat will bear on him all their iniquities. . . For on this day atonement will be made for you ” (Leviticus 16: 3-30).

Two goats were necessary to express the double atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ. A goat was sacrificed on the altar as an atoning sacrifice. Then Aaron would put his hands on the head of the other goat, the one that was going to escape, and confessed the sins of the people, and thus transferred their sins to the living goat, «. . . and he will send it to the desert by the hand of a man destined for this “ (16: 21-22), where it disappeared from his sight, a symbol of: ” As far as the east is from the west, he has driven away our rebellions from us. “(Psalm 103: 12). There was no justification for that action, only a “covering” of the sins of yet another year for the Israelites. But Christ, our great High Priest, did not need to offer a sacrifice for Himself, because He is “Holy . ” «Because such a High Priest suited us:. . . that he does not need every day, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; for this he did once for all, offering himself ” (Hebrews 7: 26-27).

The escaped goat has an additional application for us, since we must forget and not remember the offenses that are committed against us. Therefore: «Get rid of you all bitterness, anger, rage, yelling and slander, and all malice. Rather, be kind to one another, merciful, forgiving one another, as God also forgave you in Christ ” (Ephesians 4: 31-32).

Thought for today:We should never condemn ourselves, or others, for sins already confessed and abandoned – because God has already forgiven them.

Optional reading: Mark 10

Memory Verse of the Week: Ephesians 3:17

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