Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Leviticus 16:34 (NIV)
“This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.” And it was done, as the Lord commanded Moses.
Leviticus 16:34 (MSG)
“This is a perpetual ordinance for you: Once a year atonement is to be made for all the sins of the People of Israel.” And Aaron did it, just as God commanded Moses.
“This shall be a permanent statute for you, so that atonement may be made for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year.” So he did just as the Lord had commanded Moses.” -AMPLIFIED
Leviticus is known also as the “Book of Atonement”. Atonement is all about bringing people in right relationship with God. In fact, it’s definition is as follows: “Reparation for an offense or injury; the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.” -Merriam-Webster
“That the Bible’s central message is atonement, that is, that God has provided a way for humankind to come back into harmonious relation with him, is everywhere apparent in Scripture. From the first stories in Genesis to the last visions of Revelation, God seeks to reconcile his people to himself.” -Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary
In the text for today we find God instructing Moses that the people were to set aside one day each year as the Day of Atonement. On this day atonement was to be made for all the sins of the people.
Here is God’s command to Moses:
“This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month (nearly October) on the tenth day of the month you shall [a]humble yourselves [by fasting] and not do any work, whether the native-born or the stranger who lives temporarily among you; for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you, to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It is a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, and you shall humble yourselves; it is a permanent statute. So the priest who is anointed and ordained to serve and minister as priest in his father’s place shall make atonement: he shall wear the holy linen garments, and make atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the Tent of Meeting, and for the altar [of burnt offering in the court]. He shall also make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly.” -Leviticus 16:29-33 (AMP)
Sin is serious business, folks. In Leviticus we see God desiring to take the World out of His people. He gave them His directives to follow. His desire was for them to be in fellowship with Him, but …but that problem with sin kept separating them.
“Sin is a fundamental relationship; it is not wrong doing, it is wrong being, deliberate and emphatic independence of God. The Christian religion bases everything on the positive, radical nature of sin. Other religions deal with sins; the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ faced in men was the heredity of sin, and it is because we have ignored this in our presentation of the Gospel that the message of the Gospel has lost its sting and its blasting power.” -Oswald Chambers (My Utmost for His Highest)
Atonement was God’s answer to sin. It was meant to cover the sin of the people. In the Old Testament it was only a temporary answer; for they had to do it once a year. Jesus Christ was the perfect, permanent Atonement though; “For the death that He died, He died to sin [ending its power and paying the sinner’s debt] once and for all; and the life that He lives, He lives to [glorify] God [in unbroken fellowship with Him].” Romans 6:10 (AMP)
“And just as it is appointed and destined for all men to die once and after this [comes certain] judgment, so Christ, having been offered once and once for all to bear [as a burden] the sins of many, will appear a second time [when he returns to earth], not to deal with sin, but to bring salvation to those who are eagerly and confidently waiting for Him.” -Hebrews 9:27-28 (AMP)
Hallelujah! God has made a Way! Jesus Christ is our Atonement!
Lord Jesus, You are the perfect, permanent Atonement Offering. Your blood has covered my sin. There was absolutely nothing that I could do to make things right with God, but you did it all for me! You offered yourself in place of me. You were the perfect, spotless Lamb; given once for all. Hallelujah, You have won the victory!