by Harley Howard

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The Book of Leviticus Chapter 16 (8 of 14)
Harley Howard

This chapter described the Day of Atonement. This was
the most important day of all the ordinances given
because on that day, atonement was given to the entire
nation of Israel for their sinfulness as well as
cleansing the sanctuary from the pollutions introduced
into it by unclean worshippers.

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses after the death of
the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the
LORD, and died;

We know that the time period when this instruction was
given was after the death of Nadab and Abihu, who
foolishly decided to offer up polluted fire before the
Lord and the Lord killed them.

2 And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy
brother, that he come not at all times into the holy
place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is
upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in
the cloud upon the mercy seat.

Aaron was not to come into the most Holy place, the
Holy of Holies, whenever he chose to come in because
the presence of God would dwell on the mercy seat and
Aaron would die if he decided one day to walk in the
Holy of Holies. So there were clear limitations when
Aaron could come into the Holy of Holies and he is
about to find out when.

3 Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a
young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a
burnt offering.

4 He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall
have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be
girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre
shall he be attired: these are holy garments;
therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put
them on.

Aaron was to bring the appropriate sacrifices both for
himself and for his family. He also was to bathe
himself and to put on the holy clothing, or holy

5 And he shall take of the congregation of the
children of Israel two kids of the goats for ...

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