What does the blood say? The blood testifies to the death of the guilty for the broken law. Beneath the mercy seat rests the Law which has been broken by humanity. The blood on the mercy seat says that the price for sin--death--has been fully met. Sin is atoned by blood as Israel identifies with the goat and the goat becomes Israel's substitute. The day is not over. The priest now confesses the sins of the people over the live goat and sends it away signifying that the sin has been removed from the sinner and borne away.
The Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur pictures the wonderful promise of full redemption. While the blood of bulls or goats could never take away sin, the Father, in mercy, provided atonement through the spotless Lamb, Jesus Christ.
- In His death He becomes our substitute, bearing our sin.
- In His burial He becomes our scapegoat to take away our sin.
- In His resurrection He becomes our victor, granting not only forgiveness but life.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
- Read Hebrews 4:16; 10:22 and describe the believers entry into the Holies of Holies.
- Why does the Lord makes such a big deal about eating meat with the blood?
- What does sexual sin do to the children of Israel?
- Why does God gives instructions about sexual sin after He gives the regulations regarding the Day of Atonement?
Thank the Lord that Christians have boldness to enter into the very presence of God through faith in Jesus Christ.