Reading, Reflection & Prayer: Mon, 17 July – Leviticus 16-18 ~ atonement, once and for all

Reading, Reflection & Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening(Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.

Reading: Leviticus 16-18 (NLT) – click here

Reflection & Prayer

Hebrews 7:26-28 (NLT)“He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven. Unlike those other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices every day. They did this for their own sins first and then for the sins of the people. But Jesus did this once for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. The law appointed high priests who were limited by human weakness. But after the law was given, God appointed his Son with an oath, and his Son has been made the perfect High Priest forever.”

Lord God: you appointed your Son, Jesus Christ, as the perfect High Priest forever. Jesus faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin; he understands our weaknesses.

+ Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Give me the grace I need to help me when and where I need it the most.

Leviticus 16:15-16 (NLT)“Then Aaron must slaughter the first goat as a sin offering for the people and carry its blood behind the inner curtain. There he will sprinkle the goat’s blood over the atonement cover and in front of it, just as he did with the bull’s blood. Through this process, he will purify the Most Holy Place, and he will do the same for the entire Tabernacle, because of the defiling sin and rebellion of the Israelites.”

Lord God: you paid the ransom once and for all that saved us from our empty lives; it was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

+ Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on me.

Leviticus 16:20-22 (NLT)“When Aaron has finished purifying the Most Holy Place and the Tabernacle and the altar, he must present the live goat. He will lay both of his hands on the goat’s head and confess over it all the wickedness, rebellion, and sins of the people of Israel. In this way, he will transfer the people’s sins to the head of the goat. Then a man specially chosen for the task will drive the goat into the wilderness. As the goat goes into the wilderness, it will carry all the people’s sins upon itself into a desolate land.”

Lord God: you have removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

+ Lamb of God: who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on me.

Leviticus 18:1-5 (NLT)Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. I am the Lord your God. So do not act like the people in Egypt, where you used to live, or like the people of Canaan, where I am taking you. You must not imitate their way of life. You must obey all my regulations and be careful to obey my decrees, for I am the Lord your God. If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord.

Lord God: your Son, Jesus Christ, has made a way for us to come into your presence; and so we come, fully trusting in your grace. Make us a peculiar people, people who belong to you, set apart to shine light in the darkness by faithfully following your life-giving commandments – to love you with all our heart, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

+ Lamb of God: who take away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

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“Lamb of God” – Twila Paris


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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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