Something is happening. I don’t quite know how to explain it. Actually, I do. I am getting excited about Leviticus. The reasons for this are 3-fold.
- I started reading a book called “God Behaving Badly” by David T. Lamb. Read the first line and see for yourself why this is going to be an awesome book. “How does one reconcile the loving God of the Old Testament with the harsh God of the New Testament?” Mind. Blown.
- I recently spent an evening with some of my “old” mentors. I started talking about what I had learned from Genesis and Exodus and I found myself becoming very energized. That usually means I have hit on something and need to keep chasing it down.
- I read Leviticus 4.
Have you ever wondered what to do if you sinned against God but didn’t know it? Well, today it your lucky day! Leviticus has a whole chapter devoted to just such an occasion!
And there is nothing super fancy here. Once you realize you were wrong you just do the burnt offering and fellowship offering stuff but with a little more blood sprinkling. Then you may go back to your little suburban tent knowing that all is forgiven. Isn’t that great!
But Wait, There’s More!
In case you thought you were going to be the only one looking silly bringing your sin offering to the Tabernacle, think again!
Leviticus 4 specifically names four different types of people who might have to perform this little operation: The Anointed Priest, the assembly (as in, all the people), the leaders, and an ordinary person (like you!).
Feeling a little dumb for not knowing all the rules? Would it make you feel better if you knew that the person behind you in the sin offering line was the high priest himself? You bet it would! And what if you looked and noticed that behind him were all the big shot leaders of the people?
You’re in good company.
You all made a mistake. It’s understandable. This stuff is all pretty new. But God isn’t going to hold it against you. He has a built in system for making it right. Everyone just has to be okay with the fact that everyone else knowing that they messed up. But everyone else will also know that because of the offering, all is forgiven.
Sign Me Up!
Wouldn’t you want to be a part of this community? Pretend for a minute that you don’t mind all the slaughtering and blood-sprinkling going on. Think about what happens on a regular basis amongst these people:
- Everyone from the High Priest to the lowest commoner will make mistakes.
- If they do make a mistake, they publicly perform the offering ritual for all to see. This sometimes involves carrying bull remains out of the camp. Don’t think people wouldn’t notice that!
- When it is done, everyone knows that the matter is settled.
No one has to look good. No one has to have it all together. Everyone is free to live and learn together.
Not bad at all.
Alright. Time to get real here people. What is one big mistake you have made?