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Leviticus 4 [Read]
Leviticus 5 [Read]
Leviticus 6 [Read]
Matthew 25:1-30 [Read]
Today’s reading of Leviticus begins and ends with the Sin offering. The burnt offering was for the atonement of human sin in general (1:4), but the Sinoffering was for specific violations of the Mosaic Law (4:1). Looking beyond all the rules for this ritual, I found a couple of things worth pondering.
First, there is clearly a difference in degree of sin committed by different people. When the priests or the covenant community sinned, it was much more serious which required the offering of a bull, quite a large animal. The blood was needed to be brought into the tent and sprinkled onto the curtain of the sanctuary (4:6), and the whole bull, saving the fat, needed to be carried outside the camp for burning (4:12). When the leader or individual sinned, only goats were needed for sacrifices. The blood was only needed at the altar and the meat could be eaten by the priests in the tabernacle (6:26). This is a sobering warning for anyone in the leadership position of God’s ministry. “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded” (Lk 12:48).
Second, when people sinned, they defiled not just themselves but also the tabernacle, the dwelling place of God. When that happened, blood would be needed to consecrate the tent or altar again. This is difficult for believers to comprehend. When we sin, we normally just worry about our own guilt and consequences. We seldom think about defiling God in any sense. But the truth is it does affect our God as well. When David sinned against God by committing adultery, he “made the enemies of God show utter contempt” (2 Sa 12:14). When we sin, we definitely tarnish God’s name and glory. Make no mistake about it.
For believers today, we are in the age of grace. The precious blood of Christ, offered once to God on the cross, is effective and sufficient to cleanse all our past sins AND our future sins. All we need to do is to come before the Lord and ask for forgiveness (1 Jn 1:9). That is indeed a comforting thought. Thank you, Lord!
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