06: Day of Atonement – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Day of Atonement November 6, 2013]

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1. Our High Priest.  Who were the only two human participants in the Day of Atonement? Why were the other priests required to leave the immediate area? Can you think of at least one reason why the priest performed every ritual alone? What did the laying aside of his ornamental and symbolic clothing stand for? Is there a spiritual significance to his garment being made of [...]

Above and Beyond
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I spent some time looking for a good example of atonement, this week. It was more difficult than I expected because so many of the examples I found equate atonement with forgiveness – synonyms. I have to admit, that I have thought of them as the same as well. But when I look at the description of the things that happened on the Day of Atonement, there’s something more going on there above and beyond forgiveness.

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Wednesday: On The Day of Atonement
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“Thus in the ministration of the tabernacle, and of the temple that afterward took its place,

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the people were taught each day the great truths relative to Christ’s death and ministration, and once each year their minds were carried forward to the closing events of The Great Controversy between Christ and Satan, the final purification of the universe from sin and sinners.”—Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 358.

Read Leviticus 16:29-31 and 23:27-32. What did [...]

06: The Day of Atonement – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The Day of Atonement services point forward to Christ’s work of investigative judgment in the heavenly sanctuary.

[Lesson plan for The Day of Atonement November 4, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Leviticus 16:15,16,30.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does the word “atonement” mean? Why does the Scripture say the atonement is necessary?
c. Personal Application : Is being judged a positive or negative thing [...]

Tuesday: Azazel
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Read Leviticus 16:20-22. What happened to the live goat?

The ritual with the live goat was not an offering. After the lot decided which of the two goats was to be for Yahweh and which one was for Azazel (often translated as “scapegoat”), only the goat for Yahweh is referred to as a purification offering (Lev. 16:9, Lev. 16:15).

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By contrast, the goat for Azazel is called the “live goat.” It was never slain, probably to [...]

Monday: Beyond Forgiveness
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Read Leviticus 16:32-34. What was the main task of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement?

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The primary function of the high priest was to mediate between God and mankind. Regarding the sanctuary, he administered the system and performed various rituals of sacrifices and offerings (Heb. 8:3). His task on the Day of Atonement was enormous. He performed almost every ritual, except for leading the goat for Azazel into the wilderness, though he gave [...]

Sunday: The Yearly Cleansing
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Read Leviticus 16:16, 30. What is purged on the Day of Atonement?

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Throughout the year all kinds of sins and ritual impurities were transferred to the sanctuary. With the Day of Atonement comes the time for their removal. There are three main parts to the Day of Atonement:

1. The purification offering for the priest. The high priest slaughtered a bull for his sins, making sure that he (the priest) would be clean when entering the [...]

Sabbath: The Day of Atonement
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Read for This Week’s Study: Leviticus 16 , Lev. 23:27-32, Deut. 19:16-21, Matt. 18:23-35, Isa. 6:1-6.

Memory Text: “Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:18, [...]

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

“As Christ at His ascension appeared in the presence of God to plead His blood in behalf of penitent believers, so the priest in the daily ministration sprinkled the blood of the sacrifice in the holy place in the sinner’s behalf.

“The blood of Christ, while it was to release the repentant sinner from the condemnation of the law, was not to cancel the sin; it [...]

Inside Story: The Sword and the Spirit
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Joseph’s heart pounded as the mob raged toward him. “Beat him!” someone yelled. “Kill him!” another echoed.

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Joseph hadn’t been a Christian long. In his zeal to share his new faith with others, he had come to this village as a Global Mission pioneer to teach others about Christ. Some listened, but others were angry that a Christian had come to stir up their village. They found Joseph and demanded vengeance.

Joseph prayed as the mob [...]