Leviticus 5 & 6: Will You Flee From Your Trespasses?
Verse of the Day: (5:6) And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.
1. Touch (5:1-4)
Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty. (5:2)
God is a holy God and He creates us to be as holy as He is. In the days of Moses as well as today, the people of Israel were not only to be holy inwardly but also outwardly, as they were commanded not to touch the unclean corpses as they might contract deadly diseases from them, and it was also a reminder for them to be clean inwardly by obeying God’s commandments and fleeing from the sight of evil and lusts. (2 Timothy 2:21-22)
2. Trespass (5:5-19)
But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall be put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering. (5:11)
Beside the burnt, meat, peace and sin offering, the fifth offering was the trespass offering that Israel must sacrifice to plead for God’s forgiveness of their trespasses that they intentionally sinned against God. If they could not afford a lamb or a kid or even two turtledoves or two young pigeons, then they could bring tenth part of an ephah (35 litres) of fine flour as their trespass offering. God knew their poverty and hearts though blood was not shed from this trespass offering. Indeed, God’s desire is for us to confess and repent our sins, and live holy lives. Let us therefore flee from our trespasses as God is not mocked and we shall surely reap the grave consequences of our trespasses. (Galatians 6:7)
3. Tabernacle (6:1-30)
And the remainder thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat: with unleavened bread shall it be eaten in the holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation they shall eat it. (6:16)
God commanded Israel to erect His tabernacle to remind them of His presence with them so that they shall live holy lives before Him. The fire at the altar of the tabernacle which was ever burning as it consumed the burnt offering symbolised our lives as continual living sacrifice and service to God. Though we may not be perfect and holy yet we must strive to be perfect and holy by God’s mercies and power by continual renewing of our minds and sanctifying of our hearts until the day He calls us home. (Romans 12:1-2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to flee from my trespasses and stay close to You.