Atonement (Leviticus 16)

Leviticus 11-15 taught the people the necessity to be holy because God is holy. Many commands are given to teach the people what to do when they become defiled. We saw as we studied these chapters that becoming defiled did not merely result from sinning. We learned that simply living life made one unholy and defiled. If a woman bore a child, she would be unclean. This had nothing to do with sin. If a person had a skin rash, that person became unclean. Again, this had nothing to do with sin but God was teaching that just being human was defiling and unclean. God is communicating to his people his supreme holiness. Because of our humanity we cannot be in the presence of God. Yet God is being gracious to teach the people what they need to do regarding their defilements so that they can remain in fellowship with God.

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