The Day of Atonement

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“For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”

The Old Testament is filled with many beautiful prophetic analogies that enable us to understand who Jesus is and all that He accomplished for us through His redemptive death at Calvary. On the Day of Atonement the high priest offered up the blood of a sacrificed goat to cover the sins of the people, while a second goat bearing the sins of the people was driven into the wilderness to die. The rituals performed on this holy day cast a long shadow forward to our High Priest, Jesus Christ, who would sacrifice His body and soul for our redemption. The prophetic picture seen in the Day of Atonement adds another layer to our understanding of Christ’s suffering in terms of His spirit, soul, and body. The Old and New Testaments clarify and complement each other, revealing the mysteries found in the Day of Atonement and in the cities of refuge. Together the puzzle pieces form a complete picture.

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Howard Katz





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