Today you should read: Leviticus 4
In Leviticus 4, God is instructing Moses about what the people of Israel shall do if they sin. This is an important chapter because all people have sinned. For the Israelites, I am sure they probably ‘highlighted’ this section of Scripture so they knew how to please God with their sacrifices for sin.
The interesting part of this chapter is that it focuses on unintentional sins. In verse 2, it is about a person committing an unintentional sin. Then, in verse 13, it is for all of Israel. Then, in verse 22, it is for leaders. Last, in verse 27, it is for common people. What God is telling Moses is that when someone sins unintentionally, God is still offended by it, and they need to sacrifice an animal to the Lord. This shows that God takes all sin serious, intentional or unintentional.
As believers, I think our mindset sometimes is that, “Well I didn’t mean to do it so God should forgive me” or “I didn’t even know I did it. Why should I ask for forgiveness for something I didn’t know I had done?” But from reading Leviticus 4, we have to recognize that if we have sinned unintentionally then we still need to repent and ask God for forgiveness. That is what God is instructing Moses to do with the people of Israel.
Take time right now and pray. Ask God to reveal to you unintentional sins that you have committed in your life. Then, when you recognize them, ask for forgiveness. Do this every week. You might be surprised at what God reveals to you.
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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