Sin distances God from sinners, and God’s commands declare His holiness and the sinfulness of sin. They always have. God’s declared holiness and the sinfulness of sin can be and is a very terrifying thing. However, God is never satisfied with sinners knowing their sin and the consequences of it. What God wants is for His people to come to Him and know His blessing on His terms by the access He affords them. This was true in Israel’s day and it is true in our own. Israel’s access to God’s blessing was through the altar and sacrifices He would provide. Our access to God is through the altar and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was the reality behind every sacrifice ever commanded (Ex 20; Heb 10:1-4, 10; 13:9-10).