July 16, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Leviticus 16-18
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Commentary: Chapter 16 provides instructions for the Day of Atonement. It was the day that Israel dealt with their sin. It was the only day a priest was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies without being killed. Even then, there were strict instructions on how the priest must present himself. On this day, sins were not being taken away. Sin would not be taken away until Jesus came and died for our sins on the cross. The offerings given in the Old Testament covered the sins until Jesus came. Chapter 17 is often viewed as an extension of chapter 16, as it provides instructions to all Israelites. Chapter 18 switches themes away from ceremony and looks at sexual sin.
Focus Verses: 18:1-5 Why were the Israelites to keep the laws of the Lord? Why were they to be different from other nations? We are not bound by the laws today, yet it is important to know and understand them. Why?