Today you should read: Leviticus 5
Whether we believe it or not our words carry weight in one’s life. As James once said, we can bless or curse a person using our tongue and Leviticus 5 starts out describing the magnitude of our words when we misrepresent a God who always tells the truth and keeps His promises by telling lies or breaking promises. Although there are many laws in Leviticus that may have been abolished by the new covenant, this is one in which we still suffer many earthly consequences for today and need God’s atonement for to change in our hearts and lives.
Degrees of Sacrifices
The rest of the chapter shares how one would rid them selves of such sins by offering up an animal sacrifice to atone for the sins in this chapter (lying, touching unclean things) and other sins in the previous chapters. This shows that we can’t rid of this sin ourselves, no matter how hard we try but that we’re in desperate need of God interceding before us. However not all sin is the same in God’s eyes concerning consequences and the price that needed to be paid. That’s why we the Israelites had guilt offerings for more serious sins in which the animals were more costly and the ritual was a bit more tedious. Praise God that Jesus, our sacrificial atonement for our sins once and for all doesn’t require a bigger sacrifice to be paid and doesn’t count certain sins to be more severe then others when offering His saving grace to us in the Gospel. However let us remember that earthly consequences can be more severe for our different degrees of sins and our accountability and reputation with others will change based off of the different sins like the different sacrifices.
Posted by: Erik Koliser