Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Day 52

Today’s Itinerary:   Leviticus 14:33-16:34

My Something Old: Leviticus 14:35 The owner of such a house must then go to the priest and say, 'It appears that my house has some kind of mildew.'  How am I contaminated? What kind of “mildew” (sin) has my “house” (heart) sprouted? Pride, judgment, resentment, rebellion, anger, stubbornness. OUCH! I may need some mildew remover!
My Something New: Leviticus 16:15-16 “Then Aaron must slaughter the first goat as a sin offering for the people and carry its blood behind the inner curtain. There he will sprinkle the goat's blood over the atonement cover and in front of it, just as he did with the bull's blood. Through this process, he will purify the Most Holy Place, and he will do the same for the entire Tabernacle, because of the defiling sin and rebellion of the Israelites.

I never really thought about the Holy of Holies or the Tabernacle as becoming defiled and having the need to be purified Matthew Henri’s Commentary states the following:
When the priest had come out from the sprinkling the blood of the bullock before the mercy-seat, he must next kill the goat which was the sin-offering for the people and go the third time into the Holy of Holies, to sprinkle the blood of the goat, as he had done that of the bullock; and thus he was to make atonement for the holy place (Lev_16:16); that is, whereas the people by their sins had provoked God to take away those tokens of his favorable presence with them, and rendered even that holy place unfit to be the habitation of the holy God, atonement was hereby made for sin, that God, being reconciled to them, might continue with them. He must then do the same for the outward part of the tabernacle that he had done for the inner room, by sprinkling the blood of the bullock first, and then that of the goat, without the veil, where the table and incense-altar stood, eight times each as before. The reason intimated is because the tabernacle remained among them in the midst of their uncleanness. God would hereby show them how much their hearts needed to be purified, when even the tabernacle, only by standing in the midst of such an impure and sinful people, needed this expiation;

My Something to Do:  Although these may be Old Testament restrictions the spirit of these principles still apply to my life today. Examine the mildew, scrape the area, remove the stone!