Lord God, it strikes me as I read this passage in Leviticus, that all these offerings are for unintentional sin.
This is a sin that the person is unaware of when they do it. Then, when they become aware of their sin, they are to bring the appropriate animal, lay their hand on it as it is sacrificed in a way of transferring the sin to the animal who pays the price for the sin: death. These are ways to restore relationship with You when there is no intent in the sin.
When the sin is deliberate, intentional, there is often no sacrifice, no substitute to bear the penalty. Death is the penalty. The person who sins is accountable for that debt.
But praise to You, Lord! You have made another way for sinners to be restored into right relationship with You.
When Jesus came, He ate with and spent time with “sinners” to show them the good news. There was now going to be a sacrifice that would pay the penalty for their sin! The blood of the perfect Lamb of God, Your blood, would take away the sin of the world. All the sin.
Because “Your love, Oh Lord, reaches to the heavens, and Your faithfulness stretches to the skies; because Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, and Your justice like the great deep,” You have preserved man, and provided him with salvation!
Both high and low among men and women and children can come to You and find refuge in the shadow of Your wings. For within You is the fountain of life.
And when I have You, I have life! Amen
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Again, you have “nailed it” – given an explanation to us in terms we can all understand, and I join you now in praying that our Lord will open the understanding of those who have read your words, as I just have, to receive the beautiful consequences of accepting our God’s holy way of forgiving sin. For truly, there is a difference between intentional and clearly unintentional sin.
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