"Imagine this, he sprinkles this blood over the Most Holy Place. This is supposed to be the Most Holy Place, yet he sprinkles the blood, and what does God say about it? “."
The Great Day of Atonement:
On the great Day of Atonement, the High priest was to offer sacrifices to make atonement for the people as a nation. The national offering was given on this day.
Leviticus 16: 1 – 3 (NIV): “The LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they approached the Lord. The LORD said to Moses: Tell your brother Aaron that he is not to come whenever he chooses into the Most Holy Place behind the curtain in front of the atonement cover on the ark, or else he will die. For I will appear in the cloud over the atonement cover. This is how Aaron is to enter the Most Holy Place: He must first bring a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.”
In this Scripture Moses was given specific instructions as to when Aaron should enter into the Most Holy Place. The Holy Place was where the priests functioned, but only the high priest was to come into the Most Holy Place, and he was to come once a year, he’s therefore explaining to him in Leviticus 16:3, how to come, with – “… a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for the burnt offering”
Leviticus 16:4 goes on to say, “He is to put on the sacred linen tunic, with linen undergarments next to his body; he is to tie the linen sash around him and put on the linen turban. These are sacred garments; so he must bathe himself with water before he puts them on” This is talking about his dressing; his regalia.
Verse 5: “From the Israelite community he is to take two male goats for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering”. Now this is for, and on behalf of the people. So there are 5 animals altogether: one bullock and one ram for Aaron, and two goats and one ram for the people.
Verse 6: “Aaron is to offer the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household.” This is the high priest, and he can’t offer for the people till he first offers for his own sin. He first offers a sin offering for himself and his household.
Verse 7 – 10: ”Then he is to take the two goats and present them before the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. He is to cast lots for the two goats – one lot for the LORD and the other for the scapegoat. Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering. 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”
Now remember, he was to sacrifice one bullock for his own sin offering – to make atonement for himself. Then he takes one goat here, which is the one that falls to the Lord, and kills it as a sin offering. But the other goat, which is the scapegoat, is used for making atonement in a special way.
Verse 11 – 14 “Aaron shall bring the bull for his own sin offering to make atonement for himself and his household, and he is to slaughter the bull for his own sin offering. He is to take a censer full of burning coals from the altar before the LORD and two handfuls of finely ground fragrant incense and take them behind the curtain. He is to put the incense on the fire before the LORD, and the smoke of the incense will conceal the atonement cover above the tablets of the covenant law, so that he will not die. He is to take some of the bull’s blood and with his finger sprinkle it on the front of the atonement cover; then he shall sprinkle some of it with his finger seven times before the atonement cover.”
Let’s pause here for a second. These verses above show us the method through which Aaron was to carry out this service; how he was to approach God – this was God’s prescription. In the latter part, observe what he does with the blood – he sprinkles it on the atonement cover before God, which is the mercy seat.
Verse 15 – 16: “He shall then slaughter the goat for the sin offering for the people and take its blood behind the curtain and do with it as he did with the bull’s blood: He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it. In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place because of the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been…”
Imagine this, he sprinkles this blood over the Most Holy Place. This is supposed to be the Most Holy Place, yet he sprinkles the blood, and what does God say about it? “…He shall sprinkle it on the atonement cover and in front of it. In this way he will make atonement for the Most Holy Place…” He’s making atonement for the place! How holy God is; even the place of sacrifice had to be sanctified. There had to be an atonement for that place before it could be used for God.