Releasing sin

Leviticus Bible Background

02.13.2017 – Old Testament: Lev 16.20–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 15–17 on February 13, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Religion exists because sin exists. God gave the world Israel and her religion that the world might see sin for all its ugliness, and then see what He wanted done about it. We know that finally He gave His Son Jesus to suffer the consequences of sin for us, but before God gave that gift, He taught Israel many things about sin first, such as the scape goat,

“And when he has made an end of atoning for the Holy Place, the tabernacle of meeting, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat. Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness” (Leviticus 16.20–22). 

This showed the necessity of confessing sin and of removing it from the presence of God’s people.


  • Are you still in sin?
  • Do you know how to escape sin?

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