SGA Pic of Christ lesson 17

Lesson 17
Leviticus 16:1-22

Before Adam sinned he lived in communion with God; but after he had broken the commandment, he could have no more familiar fellowship with God. Even under the Mosaic dispensation when God was pleased to dwell among a chosen people, it was painfully revealed that the SIN AND SEPARATION were still there (Isa. 59:2). The presence of God was hidden away from mortal eye, hand, and foot. God's presence was revealed in the Holy of Holies of the wilderness tabernacle; and no man might come near except in ONE WAY, and then only the High Priest once a year--not without the blood (Heb. 9:1-8).

How can a son of Adam approach God? How can a sinner come before God, be accepted, and forgiven? Only in the way God has decreed--no other way! God has, in grace and mercy, purposed to show mercy and grace to sinners in a way consistent with His righteousness, justice, and truth. That way is by the obedience and death of His only begotten Son, by whom we have received the atonement (John 14:6; Rom. 5:8-11; Heb. 9:11-12; Heb. 10:19-22). Long bef ore Christ came to earth and fulfilled all thatwas promised and prophesied of Him, God pictured the person and work ofchrist, our great High Priest and Redeemer, in the Day of Atonement, taught in this chapter.

This Day of Atonement was only a type, a shadow of good things to come by Christ. These sacrifices could not put away sin (Heb. 10:1-4). These blood atonements only continued until Christ died, and they are no more (Heb. 10: 11-14, 18).

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.