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March 3

Leviticus 15, Mark 8:31-38

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

"For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord."—Lev. xvi. 30.

God cannot commune with sinful men, for He is holy. Sinful men cannot commune with a holy God, because He must destroy them, even as he destroyed Nadab and Abihu when they intruded into His holy place. …

How, then, shall men come to God? Only in God's own way. He Himself devised the way, and He has taught it to us by a parable in this chapter. It would be very wrong to prefer any one passage of Scripture beyond another, for all Scripture is given by inspiration; but if we might do so, we should set this chapter in a very eminent and prominent place for its fullness of instruction, and its clear yet deep doctrinal teaching. It treats upon a matter which is of the very highest importance to all of us. We are here taught the way by which the sin that blocks the door may be taken away, so that a seeking soul may be introduced into the presence of God and stand in His holy place, and yet live. Here we learn how we may say, with the astonished prophet, "I have seen God, and my life is preserved." Oh, that we might today so learn the lesson that we may enter into the fullest fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ, in that safe way, that only way, which God has appointed for us. Oh for the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit, that we may know and use "the new and living way"!

C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of the Old Testament, Vol. 1, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House) 1962, p. 312

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