Scripture: Leviticus 5:14-19(NLT)
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, 15 “If one of you commits a sin by unintentionally defiling the Lord’s sacred property, you must bring a guilt offering to the Lord. The offering must be your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value with silver, as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel.16 You must make restitution for the sacred property you have harmed by paying for the loss, plus an additional 20 percent. When you give the payment to the priest, he will purify you with the ram sacrificed as a guilt offering, making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven.
17 “Suppose you sin by violating one of the Lord’s commands. Even if you are unaware of what you have done, you are guilty and will be punished for your sin. 18 For a guilt offering, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value. Through this process the priest will purify you from your unintentional sin, making you right with the Lord, and you will be forgiven. 19 This is a guilt offering, for you have been guilty of an offense against the Lord.”
Observation: First I would encourage you to read this whole chapter, and possibly the chapter before and after to get a real sense of what sin and sin offerings really looked like. The question is have is how many rams would I have had to own to be able to obey these laws? Can you imagine how difficult this must have been, sacrificing a ram, or any of the other animals mentioned throughout everytime you broke one of the Lords commands? I heard a quote the other day, not sure exactly how it was worded, but something like this ” the law was never intended to make us live perfect lives, but rather to point out our sin”. How true, the there were so many different laws, each there specifically to show God’s heart towards how he would want us to live. It literally was impossible to keep up with all that. It was really showing us the need for a different plan, the need for a savior.
Application: Thankfulness is the word that comes to mind. Thankful for what God did for us. I couldn’t imagine living under this way of life. Praise God for the work of Jesus on the cross. Let’s all remember that today.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for your incredible sacrifice. Forgive me when I take this for granted. You grace is incredible and awesome! Lord, you loved us so much that you had an incredible plan for us but you needed to show us that need first. Thank you for your blessings, open my eyes today to see all that you have done for me. Amen