- There was an emphasis on the
holiness of God and the separation
of the holy from the profane in the temple worship system. Only the
priests could enter the Lord’s presence. Even the clothes that he wore in
the presence of the Lord were to be removed.
- The death of Christ on the
cross removed this barrier as our great high priest became our ‘once and
for all’ sacrifice for sin. The cross removed the barriers that separate
us from the presence of a holy God.
- Before the altar could be
used for the sacrifices of the people the altar had to be cleansed so that
the priests could offer a sacrifice for their own sins before offering one
for the sins of their people.
- There are long lasting
consequences to sin even in the midst of reconciliation. Israel was
allowed to return, but certain people only returned in a ‘limited sense’
while others were able to experience all of the blessings of God. Sin has
- One cannot be a follower of
Jehovah without being concerned about the injustices in our world. To turn
one’s back on oppression is to turn one’s back toward the Lord. Honesty in
advertising and concern for the poor among us are concerns of the Lord as
- The purpose of sacrifice was to make atonement on behalf of the people of Israel. Without a sacrifice of atonement there is no way that we can approach the presence of the Lord. Christ provided the sacrifice that allows us access into the presence of the Father.