Summarize what you read in one paragraph
Throughout these two chapters, we get to grasp how we are set free by God’s grace and what The Day of Atonement is by Israelite standards. The Israelites constructed a tent that housed God’s presence (holiness) that is so pure that Moses can’t enter and other priests can not withstand the intensity of God. The Lord speaks to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons and instructs him on how to carry ritual atonement through the slaughter of a bull and a goat. Even though Arron is instructed to bring two goats only one is slaughtered as an offering to the Lord and the other is set free, becoming the scapegoat. Later in chapter 17, the Lord decrees to Moses that the bloodshed of any animal not in front of the tabernacle is guilty and the people who do this shall be cut off from their people. This so the Israelites will bring their sacrifices to the Lord at the entrance of the tabernacle making this a fellowship offering. The priest splashes blood over the entrance of the tabernacle and burns the fat sacrifices. This is also that the Israelites will no longer worship the goat idol.
What is one key verse?
9 Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the Lord and sacrifice it for a sin offering 10 But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord to be used for making atonement by sending it into the wilderness as a scapegoat.
I chose this verse because it foreshadows Christ’s sacrifice for us and signifies that the Bible is one unified story from God to us.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
My vision hasn’t been changed yet, it has been refined in my understanding of how meticulous the process of old testament atonement had to be carried out. In understanding this, Christ’s sacrifice has become more reverent when I focus on the fact that I am the scapegoat.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
It truly makes me value others by knowing that none of us deserve God’s grace but it is through he who lived, chose to be cursed, and then bled for us that we are saved and then bestowed the honor of grace.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will choose to serve others the way Christ did through unconditional love and radical honesty. I am choosing to serve my community and empower those around me through mentorship, community outreach while advocating ”the least of these”.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
Jesus was clearly the goat that was slain figuratively and literally, because of him we simply set free. He is literally the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)!