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The Journey of the Children...to the Promised Land
The book of Leviticus establishes the premise that the purpose of Israel's exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land, by way of the wilderness, was to provide the circumstances and conditions for a personal and intimate knowledge of their god. The god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob suggests that these men had an intimate and personal knowledge of their god through a life-transforming experience. While sojourning in Egypt for 430 years, the nation of Israel did not have a personal knowledge as their forefathers had. Nothing could be more important to their existence, mission, and destiny than their wilderness experience. They experienced god's power on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. But they also needed to experience his holiness. This volume lays out the offerings of atonement by which they would gain such vital knowledge. It is remarkable that the offerings of atonement symbolized Christ's eternal atonement. And since the atonement under the law was principled on Christ's atonement, it was efficacious to make Israel a holy and peculiar nation. But the Five Principal Offerings are even more revealing because these offerings symbolized the five wounds Christ suffered on the cross. Like Israel, by the cross, we can all have a personal experience of divine holiness.