Moses Did as The Lord Commanded

William Booth once said, “If there is anything of power in the Salvation Army today, it is because God has all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will, and all the influence of my life.” (Source Unknown) … More


After you have purified the most holy place, the sacred tent, and the bronze altar, you must bring the live goat to the front of the tent (v. 20). There you will lay your hands on its head, while confessing every sin the people have committed, and you will appoint someone to lead the goat into the desert, so that it can take away their sins (v. 21). Finally, this goat that carries the heavy burden of Israel’s sins must be released deep in the desert (v. 22). Aaron, after this you must go inside the sacred tent, take a bath, put on your regular priestly  clothes, and leave there the clothes you put on before entering the most holy place (vv. 23-24). Then you will come out and offer sacrifices to please me and sacrifices for your sins and for the sins of the people. The fat from these sacrifices for sin must be sent up in smoke on the bronze altar (v. 25).

The one who led the goat into the desert must take a bath and wash his clothes before coming back into camp (v. 26). The remains of the bull and the goat whose blood was taken into the most holy place must be taken outside the camp and burned (v. 27). And whoever does this must take a bath and change clothes before coming back into camp (v. 28).

The Lord told Moses to say to the people: On the tenth day of the seventh month of each year, you must go without eating to show sorrow for your sins, and no one, including foreigners who live among you, is allowed to work (v. 29). This is the day on which the sacrifice for the forgiveness of your sins will be made in my presence, and from now on, it must be celebrated each year (vv. 30-31). Go without eating and make this a day of complete rest just like the Sabbath. The high priest must offer the sacrifices for cleansing from sin, while wearing the sacred linen clothes (v. 32). He will offer these sacrifices for the most holy place, the sacred tent, the bronze altar, all the priests, and for the whole community (v. 33- 34) You must celebrate this day each year-it is the Great Day of Forgiveness for all the sins of the people of Israel. Moses did exactly as the Lord had commanded.


Lord, help me to live a life like William Booth did in the example given above.

Leviticus 16:20-34 (English Standard Version)

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