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But for the average Israelite to pass underneath the screen at the gate was an exciting experience of moving closer to God's presence. It marked a step in the direction of access to God. Little do Christians recognize the meaning of such an adventure because we experience God's presence daily. But for the children of Israel to go through the gate marked a holy moment, a time when the Israelite gave himself in the act of worship. Page 36 2 Brazen Altar and Laver Inside the courtyard two articles of tabernacle furniture stood, the brazen altar where most of the animal sacrifices were offered, and the laver for cleansing.
If the individual who had sinned was the high priest or another priest, a bull became the sin offering since the guilt of the priest's sin defiled the entire Israelite community. If the leader of a community or tribe sinned, a male goat was to be offered. If the people themselves as a group had sinned, then, like the priest's sacrifice, a bull became the sin offering. If a private individual sinned, a female goat or sheep was used for the sin offering. And if the poor sinned, two turtledoves or two pigeons met the requirement as a sacrifice for sin.
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God dwells with his people: a study of Israel's ancient tabernacle by Paul M. Zehr