I. What exactly is sin?
A. Behaviors? Not entirely
B. Cosmic Force? Paul uses this language.
C. Different answers - Burden, accounting/debt
II. Sin in Leviticus
A. Milgrom - Black mold
B. Sin dirties up the altar
C. Dorian Gray example
1. Dorian Gray's painting
2. Altar = Painting
3. Dirty altar drives God's presence away
III. Purpose of Sacrifices
A. Cleanse the altar
B. Retain God's presence
C. God instituted Sacrificial system to live with God's people
D. Proof - Ezekiel 8-10
IV. What does all this mean, though?
A. Pastor Jon's personal story
B. "We want you to be part of our life"
C. That's what God was saying to Israel
V. In Jesus
A. What God says to you - I want you to be part of my life
B. No worries about God leaving again (Ezekiel ref. & Matthew ref)
C. Jesus' blood cleansed the whole world, not just you
D. God inhabits the whole world.
E. God wants to be part of your life and will never abandon you