Friday, 24 April 2015

Leviticus 5: The Trespass Offerings

Good evening girls! Well now, that's our first week in Leviticus over! How have you been getting on? There have been a lot of references to sacrifices and blood and this can be hard for us to understand when we didn't live in the times of animals being sacrificed as offerings to God to atone for sins, because we look back to a time when the Lamb of God was sacrificed for our sins, and we just accept that. We read about it, we believe it by faith but we don't experience it in reality in that we no longer have to offer up sacrifices as they did in Old Testament times. These sacrifices had to be made continually and regularly but the wonderful thing about Christ's sacrifice for sin is that it was a ONCE ONLY sacrifice never to be repeated because His finished work was sufficient to put away sin and to satisfy a holy God. We may not always understand some of the things we read in the Bible, and of course we should always ask the Lord to open our heart to understand His Word, but sometimes we just have to accept by faith what He teaches us. He is a wise and loving God and He knows what He is doing, even if we don't understand it.

There are a few verses that spoke to me in this chapter and they have quite practical applications, even for modern day life..
Verse 1. This has to do with hiding the truth when a person has sworn to be an honest witness - in court, especially, it is a criminal offence which can incur a penalty of imprisonment. The whole legal system is based upon the foundation of honesty and telling the truth and it is viewed as a very serious matter when the truth is not given. God teaches us that we must be honest and open and tell the truth. If a man refuses to give evidence, or only gives it in part, he is sinning. The most important lesson here is that if we swear an oath to the Lord, it is a very serious matter to break it.

Verses 4-6. This is about making rash promises (or swearing to do something, either good or evil) and then finding out later that it is either illegal or something that just cannot be done. The person who made this oath must confess his sin and bring his offering to the priest for atonement. The offering speaks of prayer and humble confession of our sin. Notice that in verse 5 at the end it says "...he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing...". This means that when we sin, and pray and ask for forgiveness, we must confess the exact sin and pray for specific forgiveness for whatever it is. This means that if I tell a lie, I shouldn't just say "Lord please forgive my sins this day" but rather, because I know I did something specific, I should pray "Lord please forgive me for telling that lie to so and so when I said...". We shouldn't be too general in our confession because that shows that we may not be totally sincere and even aware of what we did; we should be specific because that shows the Lord, and us, that we know exactly what we have done and we need to confess it and try not to do that particular thing again. I remember when my children were young and they did something wrong, they knew they had to come and say 'sorry' but I also asked them if they knew what it was they had done wrong and when they told me what it was, they were able to be more specific about what they were saying sorry for and they knew that they should try not to do the same thing again.

Prayer matters:

  • Pray that the Lord will help you to be honest at all times, including telling the whole truth and not just the parts of a story that suits to be honest about.
  • Ask the Lord to help you to be specific when you confess your sin to Him, and to be sincere in your repentance
Hugs, Karen x

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