The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Seven): The Sin and Trespass Offerings

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

Sin and human nature affect everyone in society—from king to commoner—but God has covered sin from every angle in the sacrifice of His Son, fulfilling Leviticus 4-5.


Jesus Christ, the Bearer of Sin

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Messianic prophecy in Isaiah 53, plus the testimony of Peter and the author of Hebrews, show that Jesus fulfilled the azazel goat's role by bearing sin.


Pentecost and the Wave Offerings (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Pentecost contains an implicit promise of God's intervention and an answer to Satan's tactics as he grows ever more active in his attempts to wear us out.


Offerings (Part 6)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh


The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Nine): Conclusion (Part Two)

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

There must be something to prove we are one with Christ and in union with the Father and the Son. That something is the manner in which we conduct our life.


Offerings (Part 2)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh


Offerings (Part 7)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh


Offerings (Part 1)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh


The Offerings of Leviticus (Part Three): The Meal Offering

'Personal' from John W. Ritenbaugh

The meal offering represents the fulfillment of the second great commandment, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Here is how to understand this offering.


Sin Defined and Overcome

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Sin creates estrangement from God, causing us to fail in everything we attempt. Sin always produces separation; it never heals, but causes death.


Why Two Goats on Atonement? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

On the Day of Atonement, the one goat's blood cleansed the altar of all the sins, while the azazel took them away. Jesus Christ fulfilled both these roles.


Hebrews 10:9 - Sacrificial System or Old Covenant?

Sermonette by Charles Whitaker

Hebrews 10:9 does not say that God's law or the Old Covenant has been done away, but that the system of animal sacrifices has been set aside for now.


Who Fulfills the Azazel Goat— Satan or Christ? (Part Five)

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

While the church of God has long taught that the azazel goat of Leviticus 16 represents Satan, this traditional view has no biblical support.


The Two Goats of Leviticus 16

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The first goat is a blood sacrifice to cleanse the altar. The second goat—the 'azazel' or 'complete removal'—is led away and freed (not bound by a chain).


What Is Propitiation? (Part One)

Bible Study by Martin G. Collins

God and humankind are very different. God is spiritual, immortal, righteous, holy, and pure. Human beings, on the other hand, have the opposite attributes: physical, mortal, sinful, profane, and corrupt. Martin Collins begins a short series on the subject of propitiation to explain how God and man can be reconciled and …


Why Two Goats on Atonement? (Part One)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

In Israel, sins were symbolically placed on the altar throughout the year. On Yom Kippur, one goat's blood cleansed the altar; the second took away the sins.


Who Fulfills the Azazel Goat—Satan or Christ? (Part One)

'Ready Answer' by David C. Grabbe

Some say the scapegoat (azazel) prefigures the Devil, others say it has been fulfilled by Jesus. Tradition teaches one thing; Scripture reveals another.


Led Outside the Gate

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

Jesus permitted Himself to be sent by the leaders and led by their agents in true meekness, submitting to the Father's will, even cleansing those who led Him.


Atonement Goats and Passover Lambs

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The Day of Atonement is not about Satan, but about the complete cleansing from sins through Christ. The Passover is not a sin offering, but a peace offering.


Fearing God at the Feast (Part Three)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

The Feast is not a celebration just for the sake of having a good time. Our festivities should focus on God's faithfulness, rejoicing in all He did during the year.


Seeking God's Will (Part Four): Sacrifice

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

On the Day of Atonement, we are to afflict our souls by fasting. We do no work, signifying that we did absolutely no work to attain our salvation.


The Doctrine of Israel (Part Fourteen): Israel Redeemed

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh emphasizes that God employs a winnowing process in selecting those who will enter the Millennium—repentant, chastened, humbled, and ready to serve. The winnowing process as it pertains to national Israel includes punishment for her failure to serve as a nation of priests, modeling God's law to gentiles. …


Two Loaves, Baked with Leaven

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

The leavening indicates that the wave loaves speak to this life rather than the resurrection. It is accepted by God only because of the other sacrifices.


A Day Without Work

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Refraining from work on the Day of Atonement symbolizes our inability to atone for our sins. We, humble and poor in spirit, depend upon God for everything.


The Law of the Firstborn

Article by Staff

It is an unusual fact that the subjects of God's spring holy days and firstborns appear in the same contexts. Here is what this means to us.


The Talking Blood (1994)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The blood of Christ, a propitiation or appeasing force, the only means to satisfy God's pure sense of justice, is a testimony of God's intense love for us.