Leviticus 5

Leviticus 5 continues the commandments and direction about sin offerings.  The reality is that sin is sin whether we realize it when committed or not.  God is clear that as soon as we realize we have sinned, we need to take action to correct it.  In this day it was about bringing a sin offering and a burnt offering.  In our day, it is seeking forgiveness.  But sin is sin and there are no excuses for it.  That is the hard thing to accept – we want to try and make different levels of sin or not really call it that if it was unintentional or not even known to be such.

But God’s requirement is complete obedience to His commandments and direction.  Anything less is missing the mark, and that is the definition of sin.  When we fail to meet God’s absolute standard we sin.  99% is still missing the mark.  God demands 100%, which is why scripture says that ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’.  We all have sinned, will sin, and are going to sin into the future.  We don’t have to – sin is not something we are destined to commit – but our humanness guarantees we will make some wrong choices and sin.

That’s why Jesus had to come – to be the blood sacrifice for our sin.  Without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness of sin so Jesus came to earth and went to the Cross to shed His blood for your sin and mine.  Here in Leviticus it says it this way: “If anyone sins, doing any of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done, though he did not know it, then realizes his guilt, he shall bear his iniquity”.  So sin is doing anything that ought not to be done – knowingly or not.

But the other part of sin is the consequence of it.  We like to focus on the forgiveness part – that Jesus will wipe away our sin if we receive Him as Savior and Lord and cover all our sin with His shed blood.  That part is true.  But it doesn’t cover the consequences of sin – which there always are.  Here in Leviticus it is about bearing our iniquity.  We will face the reality of sin in our lives, and it may well impact others in our patch and those in our lineage to the third or fourth generation.  Being forgiven is vital for our eternity, but consequences will happen in our present.  Sin is a problem and we need to do all we can to avoid it!

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