So far we have seen 3 examples of types of Offerings that God has given His people in order to deal with their sin and come near to Him.

  1. Burnt Offering – Sins are covered.
  2. Grain Offering – Life is committed to God.
  3. Fellowship (Peace) Offering – Fellowship with God.

BUT WHAT DO I DO IF I MESS UP AGAIN?

 

That is the point of the final 2 types of offerings.

Lev 4:1“When anyone sins unintentionally…” What follows are instructions for what to do when someone makes a mistake without realizing it. The first thing is it must be brought to their attention (“when they are made aware…”Lev 4:23).

The main idea is that we all make mistakes – and God’s desire isn’t to slam us at the first misstep. Instead He even makes provision for this.

The rest of chapter 4 goes through every type of person who sins and how they can deal with that sin.

The Priests (vs 3)

The whole community (vs 13)

A Leader (vs 22)

An average member (vs 27)

 

Then in chapter 5 we see the Guilt Offering – provided for the person who knows what to do, but fails to do it. (Again – even if they are unaware of it). This time they must bring an offering of a certain monetary value and make restitution for the error.

RESTITUTION is different from FORGIVENESS!

Forgiveness chooses to not hold the person at fault any longer.

Restitution chooses to make things right.

(Jesus refers to this type of offering in Matt 5:23-24).

 

Lev 1 – BURNT OFFERING

Lev 2 – GRAIN OFFERING

Lev 3 – PEACE OFFERING

Lev 4 – SIN OFFERING

Lev 5 – GUILT OFFERING

 

So what is the point of all of this?

Sin is serious. It isn’t something to be trifled with – and God wants to establish that in the minds of His people very early in their partnership. He wants them to understand that something has to die for sin… somethings always dies for sin!

But it’s more than that.

Leviticus is also an instruction manual for the Priests – teaching them how to conduct the community worship. Teaching them how to deal with the people’s sin.

So the priest gets up in the morning and spends 8-10 hours offering sacrifices…

every day…

over and over and over…

and it is bloody…

But the writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus came (as the High Priest) and offered ONE sacrifice for us all. One day – One time – One sacrifice.

Then He declared it finished – and sat down! (Heb 1:3)

 

Sin is serious… but so is Jesus!

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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