At the center . . . of the center . . . of the center . . . of the law of Moses, we do not find law but gospel. And what is the good news in the middle of the law of Moses? It is the promise in Leviticus 16:20–22 that your sins will be taken away, never to return.
Thus, the Day of Atonement offers the promise of a priest who can purify God’s house and remove all sin. Such a one-man job made it possible for God to dwell with Israel and Israel with God. And so instead of a bunch of rules for you to keep, Leviticus 16 offers the high point of Israel’s calendar (the Day of Atonement), as an annual day of atonement which would ultimately be fulfilled by Christ (see Hebrews 9).
If you want see this gospel message taken from the center of Leviticus, you can listen to this week’s sermon here. You can also listen to a chapter-by-chapter exposition of Leviticus here. We are currently looking at chapter 20. And finally, for those who can’t get enough of Leviticus, you can listen to the Bible Talk podcast where Jim Hamilton and Sam Emadi are currently talking through the whole book of Leviticus.
Truly, when read with an eye toward Christ, Leviticus is a book filled with good news. And in this sermon and these other resources, you can begin to see how this book preaches the gospel to sinners in need of Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
Soli Deo Gloria, ds
One thought on “The Day of Atonement: How Can a Sinner Approach the Holiness of God and Not Die? (Leviticus 16)”
Thank you for this very use full post ! It definitely opens the door to the New Testament revelation which climaxes at the Cross of Calvary. 1st Abel as an individual , the Passover Lamb for the Household , The Day of Atonement for the nation of Israel and finally Jesus the Christ’s sacrifice for the sins of the entire world. Now the link is complete. And with that mankind has no excuse.
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