07: Christ, Our Sacrifice – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, Our Sacrifice November 13, 2013]

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1. Substitution. Have you ever been a teacher or held another position where your work was essential that if you couldn’t be there, a substitute had to be found? Does that substitute sometimes prove to be of lesser ability? By contrast, in what ways is Jesus the infinitely superior substitute? What part do humility and obedience play in the substitution of His death for ours? What concept of [...]

Friday: Further Study: Day of Atonement
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Further Study: “Now the event takes place foreshadowed in the last solemn service of the Day of Atonement. When the ministration in the holy of holies had been completed, and the sins of Israel had been removed from the sanctuary by virtue of the blood of the sin offering, then the scapegoat was presented alive before the Lord; and in the presence of the congregation the high priest confessed over him ‘all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and [...]

Thursday: Isaiah’s Personal Yom Kippur
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In Isaiah 6:1-6, Isaiah sees the heavenly King sitting on a throne in the temple, “high and exalted.”

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The vision is a judgment scene that presents God as coming for judgment (Isa. 5:16). Isaiah beholds the true King, identified in the Gospel of John as Jesus Christ (John 12:41).

Even though Isaiah was God’s prophet and he called others to repentance, he understood that in God’s presence he is doomed. Confronted with God’s holiness and glory, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]