For the Forgiveness of Sin

For the Forgiveness of Sin

by Bob Day

Leviticus 5 and 6 continue with the instructions that the Lord gave to Moses concerning the sacrifices required for the forgiveness of sin. One of the things that is so surprising is that the sins mentioned in these chapters are sins committed by a person who doesn't realize that He has sinned.

Even though the person is required to offer sacrifice when the sin is brought to their attention, the fact is, according to these two chapters, the person is guilty of the sin even when they don't know it. That sounds like a tough thing to live with. Can you imagine realizing that you could be offending God at any time during the day or night without realizing it? And in doing so, bring guilt down upon your head.

That brings up an interesting question, how often must you offer up sacrifices for sins that you don't realize you were committing? The short answer is, everyday. That would wear you out after a while wouldn't it? Here's some good news, the fact that the Lord is giving these instructions shows He wanted to have fellowship with His people and wanted His people to be in a position to fellowship with Him. He knows that our sin separates us from himself, so, he provided a way through the sacrificial system to destroy that which separates us.

Even though the sacrifices would cleanse a person of their guilt and sin, the fact is that cleansing and forgiveness is only temporary because our sin nature causes us to sin not "in every way, everyday" but often enough that we would have to be offering sacrifices 24/7.
The sacrificial system was a visible reminder of humanity's sin and God's holiness, in other words, God's people would have to continually offer up blood sacrifices in order to stay in fellowship with Him.

Now, praise God, we don't have to offer up blood sacrifices day in and day out over and over again in order to find forgiveness and fellowship with God. Heb. 10:10-18 states that Jesus made a once-for-all- perfect sacrifice for sin through his death and resurrection. Once he had shed his blood for the forgiveness of sin, He sat down on the right hand of God and now there is no more sacrifice needed.

This doesn't mean that we can sin against God any old time we choose simply because we trusted in Jesus for our salvation. No, if we have truly been rescued from sin and death. Then we should want to live a life that remains in fellowship with God (Rom. 6: 1,2.) But, because we are weak and in firm, there is a need for daily confession of sin; however, there is no more sacrifice needed. Now, there is no need to live under the burden of guilt and shame because of sin.

More from the blog:

Obedience and Chocolate
May 13th, 2024
Mel Stuart’s 1971 movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tells the story of Charlie. As a young boy living in a ramshackle house with his parents and four grandparents, Charlie longs for a better situation for himself and his entire family. He sees a chance for that change when famous chocolatier Willy Wonka announces a tour of his chocolate factory and a lifetime sup...
More Than Decorative Bible Verses
May 5th, 2024
One of my favorite shows to watch with my son is “Bluey”. It is about a family of blue heelers who play and do life with their daughters Bluey and Bingo. If I were to take the show out of context, I would think the creators are trying to tell me that dogs can talk. But in reality, it is just about the goofiness and wholesomeness of a family. Similarly, one might interpret Deuteronomy 11:18-23 wron...
Deuteronomy: Resources to Help You GITKOG&BF
April 30th, 2024
At C3, we want you to grow in the knowledge of God and bear fruit (Col 1:9-10). One way we do that is by sharing resources that will help you in your personal spiritual disciplines. The Gospel Coalition (TGC) “supports the church by providing resources that are trusted and timely, winsome and wise, and centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”Included in those resources are free online courses like...
The Sons of Korah: Vessels of Mercy
April 22nd, 2024
The following is from Melissa McLaughlin's wonderful article entitled Who were the Sons of Korah in the Bible?1The events surrounding the sons of Korah, found in Numbers 16 (and Numbers 26:9-11), offer a strong warning and ray of hope. This story involves terrible sin, resulting in fearful consequences. All of which is followed by God’s grace.As the story begins, Korah and several other Levites, b...
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
April 15th, 2024
It had been about two years, that’s all, since the Hebrews had seen and been a part of miraculous signs and wonders. With a mighty hand and outstretched arm, the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, had defeated the strongest earthly ruler and empire of the time. Pharaoh’s magicians and taskmasters and chariots and horsemen were simply no match for the power and majesty of “I AM.” You’d thi...

No Comments


Recent

Archive