Leviticus 4: We Still Slip into Sin
Leviticus chapter 4 gives us a scenario that probably doesn’t sound too unfamiliar. Basically, the premise of the problem is that someone has committed a sin that they didn’t realize was a sin at the time.
Lev 4:27 And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;
Lev 4:28 Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.
There are separate categories for priests and rulers who need to provide a larger sacrifice, but the point is still the same. We are talking about people who sin through ignorance.
Another way to think about this is sinning by mistake. We all have moments where we slip and do something wrong. While we might not worship idols, we are definitely capable of putting other things ahead of God at times. Sometimes we worry more about our money or our time rather than putting God first on our priority list.
It is not that we are always committing this sin, but we sometimes fall into it without even thinking.
This passage then is somewhat comforting in the fact that there can be the forgiveness of sin. We shouldn’t sin, and in Old Testament times, there needed to be a sacrifice to balance the books so to speak. In New Testament times, Jesus paid for all of our sins, so we can have forgiveness without all of the sacrifices mentioned here.
Nevertheless, I think that the concept applies here as well. We still do things that we don’t make a habit of. We sometimes mess up, and we definitely still have that annoying sin nature. Sin still requires forgiveness, and that forgiveness is here. We need to be grateful that we have forgiveness. It is truly a privilege.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.