This day of atonement is at the centre of the book of Leviticus. It is a day of freedom; personal, political and economic. It is a day of innocence regained, a day to start life again. It is a day is made possible by the humility of God in giving himself to his people and the humility of the people in submitting to God’s word. It is a day of knowledge for to know the Lord God is for us to know ourselves. [Audio | Notes]
For further thought
Q: What is the humility of God in this chapter? How does this compare to the humility of God in Hebrews 9.1-10 & 24-28?
Q: Using the plan of the tabernacle above plot out the movement of the High Priest through the ceremonies of this chapter. Assume that he washes at the copper basin (laver) in the public court yard in front of the people. What truths do the change of clothing, washing, sacrifices and movement of the High Priest teach?
Q: Why must something die to keep us alive? How is this assumed in the poetry of sacrifice?
Q: Isaiah 1.10-20 gives us one example of how cynicism entered the ritual of the tabernacle and temple. In the end this meant the Kingdom of Israel became a house of cards. How is the Kingdom of God different in the New Testament according to Hebrews 9 and 10?
To seek God is to humble ourselves:
To lose God is to lose ourselves:
God humbles himself to seek us:
We are ourselves when we let Him find us.