Leviticus 16:1-10, 15-22
Leviticus 16:1, 2
The death of Nadab and Abihu became the occasion of fresh instruction to Israel. We should always learn from the Lord’s judgments upon others. Aaron was taught that even he could only come to God as the Lord led him into nearness of access.
Leviticus 16:3, 4
He was to wear his plain ordinary garments, and his washing was meant to show his purity: even thus, in making atonement for us, our Lord Jesus laid aside his glory and became like unto his brethren, yet without sin.
Leviticus 16:5, 6
See how superior is our Lord, for he had no need to offer for himself.
Atonement is by substitutionary death.
Thus our great substitute bears away the sins of his people into oblivion.
Do we not see here our Great High Priest, alone, without a helper, making atonement for us.
The laying of the hand is very important, it represents faith which accepts the substitute. Have we this faith?
The first goat showed the Saviour suffering, and the second typified the effect of that suffering in the complete removal of Israel’s sin. Sin is gone, gone for ever, from the man who rests in Jesus.
I lay my sins on Jesus,
The spotless Lamb of God:
He bears them all and frees us
From the accursed load.
I bring my guilt to Jesus,
To wash my crimson stains
White in his blood most precious,
Till not a spot remains.