Summary: The Lord commands the Day of Atonement. In chapter 19, God commands various laws. The Lord commands the Sabbath, the year of Jubilee, and the obedience reward.
Response: The holiness of the Lord shines in chapter 16. My favorite part of chapter 16 is the scapegoat. Through this God removed the guilt of the people. I also looked up scapegoat in the dictionary and its definition is a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place. This is the perfect picture of Jesus and what he did for humanity. While all the various laws in chapter 19 are hard to comprehend and digest, there are hints of forgiveness and fairness throughout them. In verse 15, the Lord commands the people to treat everyone equally. This means treating your rich, wealthy neighbor the same and your poor lowsome neighbor. Verse 23 is a perfect example of how the Lord teaches us to be patient. You have to wait for God's timing to bear the good fruit. Verse 33 and 34 are so cool to me! I love people for other countries and getting to know people different than me. In these verses, the Lord commands that we welcome in strangers and "love him as yourself". Throughout chapter 16 and 25-26, God's authority and sovereignty is clear. He doesn't have to explain himself or the laws, he just commands and that is the way it is.