2/18/2018 Leviticus Chapters 16-18

Often as I read I have to go back to basics.  Like — in Leviticus Chapter 16 what is the meaning of the word atonement?  The dictionary definition is:

  • reparation for a wrong or injury. “she wanted to make atonement for her husband’s behavior.
  • (in religious contexts) reparation or expiation for sin.  An annual ceremony of confession and atonement for sin”
  • Christian Theology
    the reconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ.
    noun: Atonement; noun: the Atonement

    This definition certainly helps me understand Leviticus Chapter 16.  Through the ceremony Aaron was to not only making amends for the wrong his family had committed (reparation) but also for the sins of the Israelites.  The ceremony was to be repeated each year.

This annual ceremony is no longer needed as we have been graced with a sacrifice that lasts for an eternity.  Reading from 1 John 2:2:

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

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