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BEREAN EXPOSITOR VOLUME 2 & 3.
The sacrificial law designed to teach Substitution.
Lev.16:6.--Before Aaron could offer a sacrifice for the sins of others, he needed one
for himself; hence it is plain that if he could not offer a sacrifice till he had offered one,
the law was either an inexplicable tangle, or it taught substitution.
Lev.16:13.--The cloud of incense, not the blood, preserved Aaron from death. Hence,
although the typical teaching is, no access to God apart from atonement by blood, yet, for
Aaron's personal safety, incense is provided. Incense is a type of prayer (Rev.8:3,4).
Prayer must rest upon a sacrifice; there is no drawing near without the mercy seat
(Num.7:89, cf. Luke 18:13, Be propitious - be merciful - because of atonement), hence,
the incense that preserved Aaron must have received its efficacy by virtue of a far greater
sacrifice, namely, that of Christ (cf. Rom.3:24-27). It follows, then, that (a) One who
needs a sacrifice cannot make one, and (b) One who can make one does not need one.
Hence, it must be made by a righteous one for unrighteous ones, which, blessed be God,
has been done (II Cor.5:21; I Pet.3:18).
The blemishlessness of the animal was typical of the righteousness required for
transference in the true sacrifice.