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Yom Kippur (5 of 10)
I think it is important for us, as we come to this central chapter of the book of Leviticus, to understand where we are and the setting of it all and why it is important for us to study this book.
Go back to the first chapter and the first verse. This is how the book of Leviticus begins. "And the Lord called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying."
This gives us the historical setting for the book of Leviticus. The children of Israel are in the wilderness. God has given divine instructions concerning the building of what is known as the tabernacle. That's what you see in verse 1. The tabernacle was a temporary place of worship. It would be replaced when they got into the land of promise by a more permanent building, the massive temple. Of course, now it has been replaced by our Lord and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We do not have a tabernacle or temple. We have a wonderful Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The book of Leviticus is a book which gives instructions concerning the sacrifices that were to be made in that tabernacle and concerning the qualifications and responsibilities of the priests who were to administer those sacrifices and take care of all of the rituals and ceremonies.
To put all of that in the wider picture, keep in mind that in Genesis 3 we have the account of the entrance of sin into the human family. Because of that it was necessary for God to provide a method whereby sins could be forgiven.
That's the problem all of us have to face. What do we do with our sins? I counsel boys and girls on Wednesday nights. I love doing it. They are so sweet and so cute. The first question I ask them is, what is sin? Two of them tonight answered in identically the same way. They both said, "Bad stuff." That's a pretty good definition. The Bible says all have sinned.
So God had to make a way whereby our sins could be forgiven an ...
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