A Fit Man - Introduction

Leviticus 16:21
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Atonement, Egypt, God, Israel, Moses, Priest, Sinai
Series: A Fit Man, Bible Study Series


Leviticus 16:21 KJV And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

Exodus 19:1-6 KJV In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. [2] For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. [3] And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; [4] Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. [5] Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: [6] And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

The beginning thoughts for this Bible study series started in January 2013. I had been studying for a Sunday school lesson concerning when the blood was applied to the life of a believer. During that preparation time, the phrase from Leviticus 16, “a fit man” seemed to lodge in my mind as a very apt and descriptive phrase of a man who is to be involved in the priestly ministry. We have to remember that the setting of Leviticus 16 is the Day of Atonement which was literally the highest day of worship for Israel during the entire year. All of the other sacrifices, feasts, and so forth were important but it was on this Day of Atonement that the sins of Israel would be pushed back for another year. It was a solemn, humbling, and serious day in the life of Israel.

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