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How Do I Deal With Guilt?



How can sinful, guilty people come into the presence of a Holy God?

Ben Stuart kicked off our new series in Leviticus: Forging Family! The book of Leviticus can often feel intimidating, confusing, and archaic. But in this message, Ben Stuart brings a hopeful and relevant message about how God steps into our story and brings us back into communion with Him.

Key Takeaway

Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.

  1. Rituals. At the beginning of Leviticus, people would sacrifice for gratitude and contrition for sins. These sacrifices would atone for the sins of the people. At the end of the book, there are Holy Day Festivals. These festivals would celebrate what God had done for them to remember Him.
  2. Priests. At the beginning of the book, Aaron and his kids were ordained to be priests. Priests represented the people and represented God to the people. By the end of the book, we receive the qualifications of priests. Priests are held to a higher moral standard.
  3. Purity. Leviticus outlines the things we cannot touch in order to stay ritually pure. You wouldn't bring something dead into the presence of God. Moral laws were included in purity—helping the poor and weak, having sexual integrity, and caring about justice.
  4. Day of Atonement. This happened once a year. The high priest would bring in a sacrifice—bringing two goats and deciding which goat would be killed and which would be sent away. One goat would be killed and the blood would be sprinkled in the Holy Place on the mercy seat. This is symbolic—we brought death into the world because of sin and life covers the death that we brought. Then, the high priest would confess all the sins of the people onto the head of the other goat and send it off into the wilderness. They become the scapegoat. This symbolized the incurred debt they had because of the evil they had done that was now paid for. They did not need to carry it anymore, God wanted to send it away.
  5. All of these symbols point to Jesus. He took away all sin, and the rituals, priests, purity practices, and the day of atonement were no longer necessary. He fulfilled it all. The veil was torn and our bodies became the temples. Jesus as our high priest sacrificed himself and we offer our lives as living sacrifices.


"God creates a way for sinful, rebellious people to be in a relationship with a Holy God."

Ben Stuart

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Scripture References

  • Leviticus 16
  • Galatians 3:24
  • Hebrews 10:19-25
  • Genesis 5
  • John 1
  • Leviticus 1-27
  • Hebrews 9:11-14
Ben Stuart Ben Stuart is the pastor of Passion City Church D.C. Prior to joining Passion City Church, Ben served as the executive director of Breakaway Ministries on the campus of Texas A&M. He also earned a master’s degree in historical theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Donna, live to inspire and equip people to walk with God for a lifetime.