I. God in the OT
A. Is God a god of wrath in the OT?
B. No. God's grace is evident in OT.
C. Leviticus 16 proves this.
II. Rituals and Symbols
A. Leviticus is a book of rituals and symbols. Those rituals and symbols point to deeper truths.
B. Sacrificial system is a symbol of the desire for God's presence.
C. Sac. sys. solves the problem of how God's presence remains with God's people.
D. What about the sins of those people who don't participate?
III. Day of Atonement
A. Day of Atonement solves the problem of sins of unrepentant sinners.
B. The Ram and one of the goats are sacrificed to cleanse the sanctuary of the pollution from these sins.
C. The second goat has the sins of Israel confessed over it, takes those sins into the wilderness, and banishes them.
D. This is how God deals with the sins of unrepentant people.
IV. What about unrepentant sinners in your life?
A. Book of Hebrews casts Jesus in the role of the sacrifice.
B. Jesus's blood is more effective than goats or bulls or rams.
C. If Jesus is the sacrifice, then his blood was spilled for unrepentant sinners also.
D. So, what about unrepentant sinners? Recognize that God has already extended it to them. Follow God's example.
E. Caveat- Boundaries.
V. God's grace is core to God's character.
A. Is present throughout scripture.
B. This is who God is.