Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Trepass Offering Leviticus 6

-v1 The trespass offering for sins done willingly
-v8 the law of the burnt offering
-v14 and of the meat offering
-v19 The offering of the consecration of a priest
-v24 The law of the sin offering

Leviticus 6:4 "Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivere him to keep, or the lost thing which he found, v5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering."

Here is a chapter that would really put a crimp in much of today's business and personal dealings.

Not only are we to return that which belongs to another but add 20% interest. Also, a ram without blemish v6 is to be offered as a trespass offering.

Then we go on to an interesting passage. v13 The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

We know from history that the fire has indeed gone out and has been so for some time. There will be a day when the fire is again burning and the end will be near.

I see a couple of things here. The fire is to burn forever which indicates to me that there is ever a need for forgiveness. It also relates, for me, to the Christian life. Often we let the fire go out and carry the guilt of sin too long without asking forgiveness. Perhaps, we think God could never forgive such a thing as we did. The Bible teaches that we can come to him and confess our sin and not have to look back at it.

Psalm 103:12 "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgresions from us." Ephesians 1:7 "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;"

Then in later verses the burnt offering of meat is discussed. It is to be burnt, v23 "For every meat offering for the priest shall be wholly burnt: it shall not be eaten.

In the place where the burnt offering is made, the sin offering is to be killed v25 In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the Lord: it is most holy. This offering is to be eaten by the priest v26 The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Exception to eating the sin offering:
v30 "And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire."

This chapter might get confusing. Just make sure you know which offering the verse is discussing. As I understand it the burnt offering is the peace offering (chapter 3) and other offerings are to be killed in the spot where the burnt offering is made.

That would indicate to me that, as discussed earlier, The Lord provides a way for sinful man to approach Him through the burnt offering (peace) then sin is dealt with through the sin offering.

The blood being ever present, it is often mentioned as to what to do with the blood.

My effort is not to fully explain every verse or what it means. We need to learn the content first, so as we study other parts of the Bible, we can refer back and forth. A good man once said "The Bible is the best commentary on the Bible." First one must know the content to compare scripture with scripture.

Psalm 3:3 "But thou, O Lord, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head."

No comments: