cloudy with a chance of death

marmsky devotions pics September 2016 (10)

Leviticus 16:11-14

Lev 16:11 “Aaron will present the bull as a mistake offering for himself, and will provide reconciliation for himself and for his house. He will kill the bull as a mistake offering for himself.
Lev 16:12 And he will take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar in Yahveh’s sight, and two handfuls of sweet incense beaten small, and he will bring it inside the veil
Lev 16:13 and put the incense on the fire in Yahveh’s sight, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is over the testimony, so that he does not die.
Lev 16:14 And he will take some of the blood of the bull and spritz it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat on the east side, and in front of the mercy seat he will spritz some of the blood with his finger seven times.

cloudy with a chance of death

Aaron was commanded to bring smoky incense into the holy of holies, so that the smoke would cover the mercy seat. Calvin says “by this sign it was shewn how formidable is God’s majesty, the sight of which is fatal even to the priest; that all might learn to tremble at it, and to prostrate themselves as suppliants before Him; and again, that all audacity and temerity might be repressed.” In spite of Aaron following each prescription to the letter, it was still a dangerous thing for him to be in the manifest presence of God. That was because he was ministering only in type. He was symbolising the universal day of reconciliations that is to come.

Christ, our great high priest, did not need to fog up the mercy seat when he brought his blood into the heavenly sanctuary. His trip back into the manifest presence of God was coming home for him. And he made it possible for us to stand in God’s presence again as well.

LORD, thank you for restoring our relationship with you through Christ.


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