February 14, 2017. Leviticus 5-7.
Chapter 5 begins with the offering of offenses/trespasses against others. Words or vows by the individual needed to be fulfilled and were considered binding, and if not upheld were considered guilty of sin. Not only was it a sin against others, but a sin against the Lord (Leviticus 5:19). The words and promises we voice, have an effect on others. We have the option to offend or honor those around us….
It is noted that the fire was to burn on the alter, all night until morning, (Leviticus 6:9) that the sacrifice would be continually offered to God. This would represent the continual atonement for the sins of the people.
Oh that our “fire” to exercise our faith and love, of prayer and praise, would be continually offered to the Lord, night and day!
The peace offering that represented thanksgiving was also considered the heave offering. It was a visual of being lifted up and given to the Lord, since all comes from the Lord, and is returned to Him. (Leviticus 7:14) What a beautiful gesture of receiving what the Lord gives, and holding it close to our hearts in gratitude, but then letting it go and giving it back to Him!
The Lord also shows in (Leviticus 7:28-36) that those who minister should receive compensation for their ministry (1 Cor. 9:13.14). God offers this as a gift in being the provider and sustainer for their portion of “the sacrifice”.
It is spoken to us through this that when we take the steps to acknowledge an offence/sin, whether intentional or not, we have the option to present it before a loving God for forgiveness. There can be freedom from guilt when the truth is spoken. It will always be our responsibility to make things right before the Lord and others when we choose a life of righteousness. You see our sin offerings are not voluntary sacrifices if you will, but required.
Guilt is universal, and our iniquities can be a heavy burden (Psalm 38:4), if ignored or pushed aside for another time.
Our sins beloved, can be forgiven because of the sacrifice of God’s son on the cross. It is possible to be found in peace, without spot and blameless in His sight! (2 Peter 3:14) We can lift up our heads without fear, shame, and guilt free, being steadfast because of a loving heavenly father!