Leviticus 4:17 Before the LORD

Leviticus 4:17 (KJV)
And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail.

I have always understood that the animal sacrifices were offered at the entrance to the court of the tabernacle and taken from there by priests to the various places inside the tabernacle area. Leviticus chapter four indicates at least three places the sacrifice might be offered: 
The door of the tabernacle 
Vs 4
In the place of the burnt offering
Vs 29
Before the Lord
Vs 15

Our passage defines that place before the Lord as “even before the vail.” I do not know if this means that there were animals actually killed inside the first room of the tabernacle, but it does seem to be so. The point that matters to me is that the Bible defines for us what it means to be before the Lord. The vail separated the two rooms of the tabernacle and later the temple. It was this vail that was rent in twain at Jesus’s resurrection, signifying that He had made a way for us to approach God. 

To be before the Lord would indicate a specific place and a specific event. We are before the Lord in His house, the church of the living GOD, having received His gift of salvation through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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Leviticus 4:17 Before the LORD

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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