Preservation from defilement. God owned and honoured
After this quite special
instruction of the day of atonement come some directions,
not to purify from defilements, but to preserve from them
either the people or the service of the priests (chap. 17).
It is to maintain them as a people holy to God, and keep
them from all that would dishonour Him in their relations
with Him, and themselves in their relations with others.
Life belongs to God. And where it is taken, it must be
offered in sacrifice and in sacrifice of course to God.
The blood must be sprinkled, and the fat burned on the
altar. Thus the danger of secret departure of the heart
to demons was guarded against, and God's title to life,
and the truth of sacrifice were maintainedall vital
truths. Thus God was owned and honoured, and man's
relationship with Him.