Day 153 - Lev. 4

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The sin offering. It is quite similar to the trespass offering which follows. They are a picture of the side of Christ's death which is most easily understood by people... His death for sinners. The sin offering meets our need 1 Peter 2:2424Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24), 2 Cor. 5:2121For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21). God cannot just forgive sins. They must be paid for. When we accept the Lord Jesus as our own Savior, we receive forgiveness of sins, but He paid the penalty death for us Eph. 1:77In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:7). Do you understand the difference between the first three chapters and this one? In their sequence in time, the sin and trespass offerings come first because we need to be saved first, but God's side (first three offerings) come first in importance from God's view. God must be honored first.
V. 2 Notice the difference too, in that this offering must be made. Notice that these were sins of ignorance. There were no sacrifices for deliberate sins. A serious thought Heb. 10:2626For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, (Hebrews 10:26). A person who calls himself a Christian had better take another look if he deliberately goes on in sin without having a conscience. He (or she) would have no assurance that he (or she) was a believer at all. Once again the chapter is divided into sections.
V. 3-12 It was a serious offense if the high priest sinned. In this case, and the next (the whole congregation), if the blood of the sacrifice was not taken into the holy place and put on the altar of sweet incense, the communion with God of the whole congregation would be stopped. The closer a person walks with God, the more serious it is when he sins. God holds him responsible Luke 12:4848But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (Luke 12:48).
V. 13-21 The same acts must be gone through if the whole congregation discovered that it was guilty of a certain sin.
V. 22-35 In these two cases involving a lesser person, the blood was not taken into the tabernacle, but it was put on the horns of the brazen altar outside. That was the place where the individual met God. So, in this chapter, we learn that the more truth we know, the more guilty we are for the sin we do.