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Leviticus chapter 16 can be called the day of national repentance for the Israelites. Every year on the 10th day of the 7th month, the Israelites were to celebrate what was known as the Day of Atonment -- also known today as Yom Kippur. This was a special day when the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle to seek the forgiveness of his people for their sins. While there were regular sacrifices made each day for the sins of Gods' people, this day was a special day. On this day, the priest would seek the forgiveness of God for the entire nation. Verse 1 sets the tone for the Day of Atonement. It begins with a warning through Moses to Aaron the High Priest. This warning comes after the tragic death of his two sons who had been struck dead by God for offering unauthorized incense (see Leviticus 10). The death of Aaron's two sons, Nadab and Abihu, was a powerful reminder of what could happen if Aaron or his sons approached the Lord in an unworthy or unauthorized manner. The work of the High Priest was of great importance. Only he could enter the Most Holy Place where the ark of the covenant was kept. And he could only enter it briefly once a year to minister on behalf of his people. If he wanted to enter at any time, he would be killed. When Aaron did enter the presence of the Lord, there was a special way for him to do so. God instructs him in this chapter on the procedure for entering the Most Holy Place. Now before Aaron could enter the Most Holy Place, he needed to come to the courtyard of the tabernacle with a young bull and a ram for himself and two male goats and a ram as an offering for his people. He was to bathe in water and dress in his priestly clothing.
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  • Fall '10
  • WilliamGilders
  • Christian terms, Holy Place, Yom Kippur, Holy of Holies, high priest

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