Today you should read: Leviticus 5
Leviticus is all about how Israel can go from being impure and not right with God to being once again holy before God. Leviticus 5 tackles some of the unusual cases whenever it comes to this topic. More specifically it covers three specific topics:
- Failure to Testify is sin
- When you become aware of sin confess it
- God uses guilt to restore
The first point is clearly laid out for us in verse 1. It simply says that if you’ve seen and know, and are called to testify and choose not to then it is sin. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t witness very many crimes to testify about to a court of law. Some things I do witness are friends online that are proclaiming “truths” about God that I know the Bible says to be wrong. We should testify against these truths not by getting in Facebook debates, but by being examples (See 1 Timothy 1:5-11 & 1 Timothy 4).
The next point comes from verses 2-4. This lack of awareness by some of the Israelites may have resulted in accidently defiling God’s laws for his people. This says that whenever they become aware of the guilt of doing it they must confess their guilt and then offer a sacrifice for their sin.
The next point can be overlooked, but goes right along with the second point. God uses guilt to restore us. I know all of us have probably felt guilt about something before, and God uses that guilt to help bring us back to him. That guilt we feel should lead us to confess and repent of those sins in our lives.
Leviticus isn’t just a list of wrong things and how to make it up to God, but instead is a reminder for us that when we come with our guilt and sin, God forgives and restores.
- What guilt and sin do you have in your life that you need to confess?
- Are you asking God to reveal the hidden sin in your heart?
- Does your life testify God’s truth to a lost world?
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Worship & Students
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