Leviticus 5:13,17-19 In this way the priest will make atonement for them for any of these sins they have committed, and they will be forgiven. The rest of the offering will belong to the priest, as in the case of the grain offering’”... “If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible. They are to bring to the priest as a guilt offering a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value. In this way the priest will make atonement for them for the wrong they have committed unintentionally, and they will be forgiven. It is a guilt offering; they have been guilty of wrongdoing against the LORD.”
The scope of sin as defined by God is so vast that it seems the Israelites would have had to have significant flocks to sacrifice in order to make peace with God.
God instituted sin-offerings, peace-offerings, burnt-offerings, and so much more to provide the Israelites hope to continue to live in His grace but it all seems too much.
What is God's message to us and how do we incorporate His word in our daily lives?
One of the best aspects about all the sacrifices God instituted is that He offered solutions for rich and poor alike.
God recognized the challenge a poor man might have to make peace and therefore offered the simple sacrifice of flour in contrast to the rams and sheep for the rich.
The quality of the sacrifice was not key but instead the repentant heart of the one who sacrificed was what mattered most to God.
The Israelites wanted to live under God's guidance and God established for them His basic requirement. Sin has no place in God's kingdom and that is evident by the many instructions God gave Moses and the Israelites.
Today we live in an age where sin is not acknowledged as a real concept because mankind has found it easier to cast that ugly word out of our diction rather than to face the reality of it.
Several religions offer hope in rituals and some go as far as giving us forgiveness in ourselves by making us gods. To some sins are dealt with by taking it out of their consciences because the mind, they claim, creates its own paradigm and we live jailed in our imagination.
Nowadays, the erring action and the guilty person are removed from each other and thereby we are able to differentiate sin. To some, sin is exciting as publicized by the media in movies and TV and we don't bat an eyelid about crime, cheating spouses, addictions, duping robberies, etc.
In such a sin-sick world, we clearly have no room for a God who demands that we live a holy and morally upright life and live by His rules.
We as a civilization live for freedom and we want nothing or no one to hamper us from enjoying life as we have come to know and believe it.
Unfortunately for us, sin is a real human condition and we can never run away from it. It eventually causes us so much grief and suffering that depression and suicide become our only hope.
You and I have a choice today and that is to find hope in a holy and righteous God who offers us a way out of our wickedness and into living a life of meaning and purpose.
The cost was paid by His son, Jesus Christ, who shed His own blood for the forgiveness of our sins. The reward is a life transformed by Him, a new life directed by His Holy Spirit that comes to reside in us when we submit to Him, a live of positive impact to the world around us and an eternity in His Holy presence without the pain of guilt and sin.
Are you still cowering from the truth of your brokenness and living the lie that the world teaches us or are you courageous enough to admit your sins and ask for total forgiveness now and forevermore?
To my fellow Christian, are you asking God to reveal your sins daily and begging His forgiveness through the blood of Christ so that you might continue to live in peace with God?
In His Loving Service,
1 John 1:9 (NIV, ©2011) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
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