Monday, 27 April 2015

Leviticus 6: The Trespass Offering and Restitution

Good Morning Girls and welcome to week 2 of Leviticus. How did you find it last week? Although you may have thought it was quite difficult, I think that the more you read it and get used to the different style and content, the easier it will become. Don't forget to keep asking the Lord to open your understanding to the lessons in each chapter. Your memory verse for this week is Leviticus 10:3, here on the left. Does anyone happen to know where this picture was taken? 'Yes' to all you clever clogs who said "the Mourne Mountains", our own beautiful piece of scenery here in Northern Ireland created by the Lord Himself!
The verses that spoke to me in this chapter are 1-5. God Himself tells Moses to teach the people (which includes us, since we are His children too) about what happens when we sin against our neighbour (not just the people who live beside us, but anyone with whom we share society). If someone:
  • lies to another person about something he was meant to look after for him, for example a dog that may have been injured while in the person's care
  • lies about something that was stolen from him 
  • deceives his neighbour in some way
  • finds a missing item and then says he knows nothing about it
then they are sinning. God says they must do the right thing by returning the full value of the item PLUS another 20% worth to the person to whom it rightly belongs (read Luke 19:8 to see where Zacchaeus stole from his neighbours but when he got saved he returned to them four times the amount he had taken to make restitution). When we sin against other people like this we must remember the words of verse 2, "If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the Lord..." which teach us that we are actually sinning against the Lord Himself, because any sin, no matter how big or small, is ultimately against a holy God and His divine law. You can also take from this that when another person hurts or harms you in some way, it is also God that they are harming. Surely, knowing this, it should make it easier to leave the matter with the Lord because since the sin was ultimately done against Him, He will be the one to deal with it.  

    These verses in Leviticus 10 that we have just looked at, reveal to us how seriously God takes sin. It isn't just a matter of sweeping things under the carpet because we don't think they are that serious. God sees every sin as a serious matter because it goes completely against His godly law. It's at this point, many years ago when I was just a young newly-saved Christian, that I might have felt some degree of despair, thinking 'I'll never be able to come up to God's standards so what's the point in trying?'. The point is, the punishment for all of these sins has been laid upon Christ. He has paid our debt and we, like those who brought the sacrifices in the book of Leviticus, are forgiven...our past, present and future sins have all been laid upon the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. And so, with the grace, mercy and help of God, we now take each day, even each minute, as it comes and live in His strength, trusting Him to lead us in the paths of righteousness. Our duty is to read, learn and live what is in His Word and He will give us the power to do this by His holy Spirit.

    Prayer matters:
    • Ask the Lord to help you to be an honest Christian, not one who lies to and deceives others
    • Pray that the Lord will awaken you to the seriousness of sin but also to the strength of God's help and grace to guide you as you live for Him.

    Hugs, Karen x

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