Summary of passage: Aaron will then slaughter the chosen goat as a sin offering for the people and do what he did for himself: sprinkle the blood on the atonement cover, which will cleanse the Most Holy Place since people have fouled it. He is to do the same for the Tabernacle and no one is to go in whilst Aaron is performing the ceremony. He is to do the same for the altar to cleanse it since people have touched it.
6) To make atonement for it, to cleanse it since people and their sins have touched it/polluted it.
7) Basically, everything in the world is polluted by sin when Adam and Eve allowed the serpent in. Hence, there is a need for a cleansing which we receive through Jesus Christ on this side of heaven but the ancient Israelites, not having Jesus, had to atone with sacrificial blood to cleanse themselves and everything else.
8a) Any way that breaks God’s laws and commandments. Any time a person sins. Any time a person turns from God towards sin. You name it, it’s probably sin: adultery, murder, revenge, greed, lust, gluttony, etc.
b) 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 warns us that if we sin, then others weaker than us shall follow us into sin and fall as well. We set the example that human nature being what it is will follow. Call it peer pressure or crowd mentality or weakness it’s all the same–if one person thinks it’s okay, undoubtedly someone else will as well.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Strive above all else to follow God’s commands and do His will and when I fall, ask for forgiveness and tell others of my shortcomings so they don’t make the same mistakes. However, as fallen man, all of us will hurt someone in our lives as a result of sin. Perfect only exists in Christ. Thus, even when we do inevitably hurt those we love, God forgives and enables us to do better. That is my comfort.
Conclusions: Again like yesterday, I get a renewed appreciation for just how great our God is to send His son for us so that we can live in a world cleansed by Jesus Christ.
End Notes: The house of God needed to be cleansed since man constantly touched it. It’s like Midas and everything he touched turned to gold until it became a curse. I can’t imagine living knowing everything I touched, I polluted merely because I was a sinner. God is good.