Leviticus 16

Leviticus 16 continues the instruction from God about becoming clean.  The past few chapters have addressed men and women and their unique personal situations around uncleanness and how to be restored.  Now God turns his attention to his leadership and the people at large.  He has Moses give some pretty clear instruction to Aaron.  “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat that is on the ark, so that he may not die”.

Not any real options here.  Obey or die.  That is the reality of sin and how God sees it.  It isn’t something to ignore or think lightly of.  It is a deep and highly important thing in God’s eyes.  Aaron was to clean up his own life and then work on the people at large.  “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”.  Sin touches those around us, even down to the places we are and live.  Sin is a big deal.  It must be addressed.

The good news is that God has made a way for us to be set free from sin.  In this time, it was a series of sacrifices and rituals that cleansed the impact of sin and restored the relationship with God.  Jesus went to the cross to change that process and we are offered freedom from sin through His shed blood on the Cross.  It still requires us to do something though – we have to confess our sins and repent from our sinful ways and claim the grace and mercy of God through Christ that sets us free.

So sin is a big problem for all of us.  Scripture is clear that all of us will sin.  That means we need forgiveness.  God has made it clear that we can receive that through Christ, and be cleansed from our sin.  “For on this day shall atonement be made for you to cleanse you. You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins”. Whether the sacrifice was bulls and goats that Aaron offered up, or the blood of Christ shed on the cross, we can be set free if we do the right things and allow God to be our God!

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