The Yom Kippur of God, Part 5 (Final)

Though I have taken leave of this project (and it has turned into something much longer than I originally intended. When you say anything about anything it becomes a study of everything as it relates to everything else) I have decided to finish up with what i intended to be the only post I was going to write at all. I am now going to repost the instructions for the Day Of Atonement from Leviticus (Which was Part 1’s substance, found here!) and I am going to go through pointing out how Pilate’s dealings and the Jewish leaders’ actions all fall into place in a glorious way that I hope serves to strengthen faith in the God-inspired Truth of the Bible in all the little details of the text. Talk about “consent of its parts”!

The instructions concerning the Day of Atonement in Leviticus 16 gets legs when two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, offered “strange fire” to the Lord and were consumed by fire from the Holy of Holies (Leviticus 10:1-3). In other words, the Old Covenant had an initial failure on the part of the High Priest (and those he was the federal head over) that resulted in a Day of Atonement. Not that there would not have been such a day apart from this disobedience, but it is significant that we are told of the occasion that led to the instructions regarding what became an annually practiced rite called Yom Kippur today.

Aaron is instructed to not enter the Holy of Holies behind the veil because God is going to be on the mercy seat on top of the Ark and Aaron will die if he sees God in His uncovered glory (v.2). Aaron is to bring a bull for a sin offering for himself and his family, and a ram for a burnt (or ascension) offering (v.3). He is to then put on his holy garments (which never leave the tent of meeting (v.23)) after a thorough washing with water (v.4) Aaron then takes two male goats from the people of Israel for the sin offering and another ram for a burnt/ascension offering (v.5).

The failure of descendants of Aaron to worship properly. The High Priest doesn’t worship Jesus as the Christ, the Immanuel of Israel, the True Holy Place. He rather sends Jesus to Pilate, which is tantamount to sending the Ark into the temple of Baal in Philistia willingly. It always gets the job done, but it is not a faithful action on the part of those by whom it was done.

These same unfaithful sons wouldn’t draw near into the Praetorium to be with Jesus, because they would be made unclean. This is an amazing inversion of reality. They are all unclean already so they cannot enter (in Leviticus), though they are presenting their sin offering in Jesus because of their uncleanness. Jesus is given to Pilate who is acting as High Priest, going from the Jewish leaders to Jesus (the Glory of God HImself) in his quarters. They stand outside for fear of not being able to participate in Passover, unaware that they are sacrificing the Passover lamb of God right now.

First, Aaron makes his sin offering for himself and his house using the bull (v.6, 11). Then Aaron sets up the two goats of the congregation before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting, which is in sight of everyone in the congregation (v.7). He then casts lots for them, one for a sin offering and the other a live atonement for “Azazel” or what is commonly described as “scapegoat” but is most likely describing a demon (possibly a goat demon that was commonly idolatrously sacrificed to, compare 17:7) (v.8-10).

After Pilate has his conversation with Jesus (or sends Jesus to Herod as his “sacrifice” for himself and his/Caesar’s house, inverted of course because it is for his own political sake, not because he has any eye to justice) he goes back to the Jewish leaders finding no guilt in Jesus. Israel’s offering is truly unblemished. Their uncleanness is about to be dealt with, because the Tabernacle is dwelling amongst unclean people, and they need to be atoned for by fiery coals on silent lips.

Pilate then goes back and gets Jesus to be brought before the congregation of the people of Israel with Barabbas (son of the father) which is terrible. His name was also (apparently) Jesus as well. That sort of thing is just too much. They are presented as effectively identical except that one is the True God who saves, and the True Son of the Father. This sort of thing blows me away, but nonetheless… Jesus and Barabbas are presented before both God and Israel by our Pilate/Aaron in attendence. A lot is cast, and one goat receives the sins, normally, but in this, that all are held accountable, this is no random (though pre-ordained) choice but a confirmed choice on the part of the people.

Aaron, after making atonement for himself and his family, takes the censer full of fiery coals and two handfuls of incense behind the veil and places it before the mercy seat in order to make God’s presence in the Holy of Holies less visible so that Aaron will not die when he sees God (v.11-13). Aaron then sprinkles the blood of the bull (for his own sin offering) on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat seven times (v.14). He then kills the sin offering goat of the congregation for their sins and does the same thing with the blood of the goat (v.15).

This is chronologically Aaron’s sin offering for himself. I would equate this (chronologically) for when Pilate has Jesus scourged (handed over and scourged away from his presence) as a sort of self-atonement (but just a self-justification and pandering to the desires of the people). This is done for the people of Israel and their sins, specifically of bringing a peaceful man to Pilate for “no reason”.

“Thus he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel and because of their transgressions, all their sins. And so he shall do for the tent of meeting, which dwells with them in the midst of their uncleannesses.” (Lev 16:16) During this process, no one may be within the tabernacle until Aaron has finished the atonement process for the tent of meeting (v. 17). He then brings the blood of the bull and goat offering to the horns of the altar outside of the Holy Place, but within the tent of meeting to finish the consecration (v.19).

This is the scourging of Jesus for Israel and his then public crucifixion on the “horns of the altar”. This “sin offering” is for the tabernacle. This suffering of Jesus was the means of perfecting Jesus, the true Tabernacle of God. This suffering was necessary because he was around the uncleanness of the people of Israel. This was a death to atone for Jesus’ dwelling amongst an unclean people. This was the height of Jesus’ consecration by suffering. We become the sanctified Tabernacle/Temple of God by the Spirit which was in Jesus, uniting us to Him in his consecrating offering of Himself.

When Aaron finishes this process he presents the living goat and lays his hands on his head and confesses the sins of Israel on its head and sends the goat away to the wilderness using a man who is standing by ready to do this (v.20-21) This goat bears the iniquities on itself and bring it away from the people (v.22).

The significance of the goat of Azazel, or scapegoat is that the actual sins of Israel are laid on its head and the sins are taken away from the people of Israel. This is the moment of truth (one of many, to be fair) where they all cry for Barabbas to be their scape goat. “Let him go!” Barabbas was the live sin offering. BUT when Jesus “Son-of-the-father” is released, the sins of Israel are laid on his head (for he was a murderer, insurrectionist and robber! All that Jesus accused of Israel throughout his prophetic ministry!) and he goes into the midst of the people of Israel. The sin of the crucifying of Jesus (“it is fitting that one die for the many”) was really laid on “[their] heads and on the heads of [their] children.” The sin was not taken away, it came right back to the people. They were shown to be “Azazel” and the wilderness. A dry land that has no water. So when the flood of Roman (and God’s) wrath came upon them, they were not safely in the ark of the Kingdom, but had been shown for what they were: Egyptian chariot-servants of Pharoah (Caesar).

Aaron has to remove the holy garments and placing them in the tent of meeting and the cleanse himself with water, as does the person who sent the goat to Azazel because they bore the iniquities of Israel and dealt with the sin offerings. He then offers the ascension/burnt offerings for atonement for himself and the people (v.23-24, 26). The fat of the sin offering is left on the alter and someone takes the skin and flesh and dung outside the camp to be burned. Then the person who burnt the remainder of the sin offerings has to bathe himself, as well, in order to be allowed access into the camp again (v.25, 27-28)

Pilate washes his hands. No guilt on him, as far as he is concerned. He hands Jesus over to be scourged inside the camp, and crucified outside the camp. A burnt offering of God’s wrath for the sins of the New Israel of God, the Eschatological Israel. So should we go out of the camp to be like Him. Leave the Pilates and the Temple and come to the Cross on Golgotha. The Temple is going to be destroyed so we don’t go to it. The Roman’s worship idols who are no gods, so we die for being faithful to ours. If Jesus is Lord then Caesar isn’t. If Jesus is the Messiah then Herod is not King of the Jews. If Jesus is the High Priest of the New Covenant, offering His life to consecrate Himself when everyone else abandoned Him, then Caiaphas is no better than a Nadab as he brings his inefficacious offerings to the Temple or celebrates his Passover meal. The fire of God’s wrath abides on them already for they have not believed in the One Whom He sent. It all fits together in a way that makes someone who doubts the Word of God a fool.

God is faithful to His people. He left no detail unfulfilled. Every “jot and tiddle” was dealt with justly.

To finish off this spectacular working of Providence over sin and obedience unto death, Jesus leaves his grave-clothes in the Sepulcher where He Sabbath-ed from His work on Saturday and brings Resurrection New Creation on the Eighth Day, Sunday to consecrate a New Sabbath, the Day of the Lord, for the people of God. This is the Day that is Jesus’ “justification” before the world, and is our justification as well. He was a spotless lamb. He is a consecrated Tabernacle. The job is done. The garments are left in the New Holy Place, because Hades has no hold on Man anymore. The Yom Kippur of God is complete and our Aaron has completed His work that was brought on by the unfaithful descendants of Aaron by the flesh, and He is the garments that he wore to present Himself before the sinful world as Holy before God, and is now wearing garments washed with a true white gleam by His own blood. He took His death to the Father and looked at the Father with the incense of the Spirit, which does not obscure but reveals, because He died the death that allowed Him to gaze unfeignedly on the Father in the Spirit.

Thanks for sticking around!

The first four posts are here:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4

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    • I think you can guess
    • February 10th, 2011

    “tiddle” should be spelled “tittle” 😉

    • Will Sprague
    • February 10th, 2011

    Thank you. I will not revise for this, but I will admit fault. That is like denying the substance of “Lordship Salvation” if you catch my drift ;).

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