Leviticus 6 – The big points:
Here we are given more on the burnt, trespass/guilt and sin offerings. In each case we can see that God wants things done in a particular way. We also see that:
1) We must be blameless before our fellow man before we can be blameless before God. Forgive others before we can expect to receive forgiveness.
2) God provides for the people who he set apart to do his work. The priests didn't own property yet they were fed and were able to give the necessary sacrifices before God. Jehovah-Nissi - wonderful provider!
In this chapter God gives more information on what is considered sin. Cheating your neighbor or lying about something that you lost both made the list. For God it’s not “finders’ keepers, losers’ weepers” as children like to say. If it doesn’t belong to you – you’re not allowed to keep it. Not only that, but in addition to returning that which you stole or cheated your neighbor of – you had to pay a 20% penalty. Sin costs and the one to pay the price had to be the one that did the crime (so to speak).
Sometimes our society deceives us (or allows us to deceive ourselves) because there’s this prevailing thought that if the victim isn’t standing right in front of you, nobody has suffered. And if nobody has suffered then it’s a “lesser crime.” The guy who holds up someone with a knife and takes a purse with 20 dollars in it is going to get, in most cases, a harsher sentence than someone who embezzled 2 million dollars from a company. But I’m getting off-track - on to find the grace…
In verse 5 of Leviticus chapter
6 we are told that the person had to first make restitution and then offer up a
trespass offering. See, God is not just concerned about our relationship with
him; he’s also concerned about our relationship with our fellow man.
This is a theme that we’ll see throughout the Bible: we must first seek the forgiveness of our companion before we can seek forgiveness from God.
Now if Jehovah was like all the pagan gods, he wouldn’t care about our earthly relationship (at least as much as something that doesn’t really exist can care).
There’s another cool thing here: the priest who offered the sacrifice of atonement gets to keep it. The burnt offering belonged to the whole priesthood. God took what had been given to him and gave it to his priests. The truth of the matter is, God doesn’t need us to bring him things – everything on this earth already belongs to him. But he has loaned them into our care and when the offerings were brought to him, he used them to bless others. Isn’t that awesome?
Father thank you for the reminder that you are not in need of things, instead what you desire is for me to willingly seek your face and desire to spend time in your presence. Thank you for loving me enough to want to spend time with me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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