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John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Leviticus 15-16

Leviticus 15:31
31 ‘Thus you shall separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness when they defile My tabernacle that is among them.

The idea of all the verses in Chapter 15 is cleanliness. As you read through them, think of this cleanliness in terms of the need to be clean, free from sin, before we can have any contact with the Lord. As I read through this chapter, I think of how cumbersome and virtually impossible it would be to keep these requirements. Again, this is the whole idea of the law. The impossibility to cleanse ourselves, thereby pointing to the need for a cleanser, Jesus Christ. Oh what a great and glorious thing it is to be cleansed from the law.

Leviticus 16:6-7
6 “Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house. 7 He shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

Chapter 16 speaks of the Day of Atonement, an annual sacrifice which the high priest made but once a year. It was intended for the temporary ‘atonement’ of sin. Atonement means, making amends for wrong done. In the Christian faith, it means making our sins right so that we can be restored to a right relationship with our Creator. It was only a temporary atonement, because it had to be done over and over and over again. It was the foreshadow of the once and forever atonement which would take place on the cross, when Jesus would die once for the sin of the entire world.

Leviticus 16:11
11 “And Aaron shall bring the bull of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make atonement for himself and for his house, and shall kill the bull as the sin offering which is for himself.

We must make sure that we deal, that we repent of our own sin first, before we can expect to pray for or help others deal with their sin. In Luke 6:42 Jesus said, “…how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

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