The Lord provided for man’s uncleanness

Leviticus Bible Background

02.13.2016 Old Testament: Lev 16.15–19

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 15–17 on February 13, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord’s redemption of Israel out of Egypt showed that He knew of Israel’s uncleanness, but He compensated for that, instructing them on the blood of the atonement,

“Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness. There shall be no man in the tabernacle of meeting when he goes in to make atonement in the Holy Place, until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel. And he shall go out to the altar that is before the LORD, and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and some of the blood of the goat, and put it on the horns of the altar all around. Then he shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, cleanse it, and consecrate it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel” (Leviticus 16.15–19).

By sin, Israel had made itself unclean. Therefore, everything they touched, they made unclean. However, the Lord provided for this atonement that the things used to worship the Lord, and for securing Israel’s forgiveness, might be holy.

Please do not think that the problem of uncleanness belonged to ancient Israel alone, but all people have made themselves unclean through sin. However, the Lord makes available the blood of Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, for us that we may have our sins forgiven and that we might present ourselves to God in holiness.

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