Read Leviticus 9 -- 10
In Today's Reading:
First offerings of Aaron; offerings for the people; sin and deaths of Nadab and Abihu; restrictions for the priesthood
The sin offering and the trespass (guilt) offering (Leviticus 5:6-7) were mandatory and were the first two offerings to be presented. They were required to restore the broken relationship between God and sinful man. Moses said to Aaron . . . offer your sin offering, and your burned offering, and make an atonement for yourself, and for the people (9:7).
Earlier the LORD spoke to Moses . . . Speak to the children of Israel, saying, If a soul (person) shall sin through ignorance against any of the Commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them: If the priest that is anointed (placed in office) do sin according to the sin of the people; then let him bring for his sin, which he has sinned, a young bullock without blemish to the LORD for a sin offering (4:1-4). The animal's body was then taken outside the camp for burning.
Scripture points out that ignorance of the Law does not excuse failing to obey the Law of God (Romans 2:11-16). Disobedience to the will of God is sin and must be repented of and atoned for, even if the disobedience is unintentional.
No animal could be an absolute substitute for a sinner; it could only provide a temporary covering for sin. Christ is our sin offering. God sent forth His Son, made (born) of a woman, made under the Law (Galatians 4:4). Jesus died in our place for the sins of all mankind. He (God) has made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (II Corinthians 5:21).
Christ is also our trespass offering. You, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, has He quickened (made alive) together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances (commands) that was against us . . . and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross (Colossians 2:13-14). Therefore, we have escaped the pollutions (corruptions) of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (II Peter 2:20).
10:3 glorified = highly honored; 10:10 holy and unholy = sacred and profane; 10:13 thy due = yours legally; 10:14 heave shoulder = thigh.
Through the sacrifice of a lamb without defect (Leviticus 9:3). The Lamb of God, called Jesus Who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
Government Official: Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA) · for the International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Carl Pagel · Country: Morocco (30 million) on the northwestern coast of Africa · Major languages: Arabic and French · Government very hostile to Christians and missions · 99+% Muslim; .5% Christian · Prayer Suggestion: Encourage others to praise the Lord throughout the day (Psalm 67:5).
Optional Reading: Mark 7
Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 5:8