Thursday: Forgiveness
avatar

Read Micah 7:18–20. What picture of God do we find in this passage?

The last three verses of the book of Micah focus on the relationship of God with His remnant. The text describes beautifully why God is unrivaled. He is incomparable because of His forgiving love and grace. The outstanding characteristic of God, as revealed in Micah (and elsewhere), is His willingness to forgive. Micah emphasizes this point by using various expressions for God’s attributes (vs. 18) and achievements (vss. [...]

Wednesday: Bearing Sin
avatar

Read Leviticus 6:25-26; 10:16–18. What crucial truth is revealed here?

By eating the offering at a holy place, the officiating priest would “bear away the guilt” of the offender. The meat of this offering was not just payment for the priests’ services (otherwise Moses would not have been so angry with Aaron’s sons for not eating of it), but it was a crucial part of the atonement.

How does the eating of the sacrifice contribute to the process of atonement? Eating was [...]

Tuesday: Transfer of Sin
avatar

Image © Darrel Tank from GoodSalt.com

“The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars.” (Jer. 17:1).

Image © Darrel Tank from GoodSalt.com

After the laying on of hands and the death of the animal, the next ritual activity in the offering was the handling of the blood. The priest applied the sacrificial blood to the horns of the altar. Because blood [...]

Monday: Laying on of Hands
avatar

Image © Darrel Tank from GoodSalt.com

Read Leviticus 4:27–31. What ritual activities were performed along with the sacrifice?

Image © Darrel Tank from GoodSalt.com

The goal of the offering was to remove sin and guilt from the sinner, to transfer responsibility to the sanctuary, and to let the sinner leave forgiven and cleansed. (In extremely rare cases one could bring a certain amount of fine flour as a purification offering, and although this purification offering was bloodless, it was understood that “without shedding of blood there is [...]

Sunday: Sin and Mercy
avatar

Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com

As anyone who knows the Lord can testify, sin separates us from God.

Image © Krieg Barrie from GoodSalt.com

The good news is that the Lord has put in place a system to heal the breach caused by sin and to bring us back to Him. At the center of this system is, of course, the sacrifice.

There are basically three kinds of sin depicted in the Old Testament, each corresponding to the sinner’s level of awareness while he or she committed [...]

Sabbath: Atonement: Purification Offering
avatar

gless05

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Chron. 33:12-13; 2 Sam. 14:1–11; Lev. 4:27–31; Jer. 17:1; Lev. 10:16–18; Mic. 7:18–20.

Memory Text: “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18, 19, NASB).

The sacrificial system is, probably, the best known part of the sanctuary service because it’s the part that [...]

Friday: Further Study: Lessons from the sanctuary
avatar

future_study

Further Study: Ellen G. White, “The Tabernacle and Its Services,” pp. 343–358, in Patriarchs and Prophets.

“For the building of the sanctuary great and expensive preparations were necessary; a large amount of the most precious and costly material was required; yet the Lord accepted only freewill offerings. ‘Of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take My offering’ was the divine command repeated by Moses to the congregation. Devotion to God and a spirit of sacrifice were [...]

Thursday: “Until I Went Into the Sanctuary of God”
avatar

GoodSalt.com-ebsps0636

Time and again the Psalms show that the sanctuary plays a significant part in the relationship between believers and God.

Image © Erik Stenbakken from GoodSalt.com

Well known is the firm conviction David expressed at the end of Psalm 23 that he “will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (vs. 6, NKJV). David’s foremost wish in Psalm 27 was to be in the presence of Yahweh, a presence which was best experienced in the sanctuary. In order to show [...]

Inside Story: Persecuted and Victorious
avatar

Image © Rolf Jansson from GoodSalt.com

“Hang the heretics!” the angry mob shouted, shoving my neighbor and me toward a makeshift gallows.

Image © Rolf Jansson from GoodSalt.com

Rough hands slipped a noose over my head and shouted, “Now will you repent?”

“No!” I said, and the noose drew tighter around my neck.

Months earlier I noticed a man reading a Bible on a bus. He saw my interest and urged me to buy a Bible and discover God’s truths for myself. Then he invited me to visit the [...]

Wednesday: Center of Divine and Communal Activity
avatar

Image © Erik Stenbakken from GoodSalt.com

Read 1 Kings 8:31–53. What more does this text teach us about the function of the sanctuary?

Image © Erik Stenbakken from GoodSalt.com

At the dedication ceremony of the newly built temple, King Solomon offered seven cases of specific prayers that could be offered at the temple. The seven functions exemplify the extensive role of the temple in the lives of the Israelites. The temple was a place for seeking forgiveness (vs. 30); for oath swearing (vss. 31, 32); for supplication [...]