Leviticus 5: Confession Leads to Forgiveness
In Leviticus chapter 5, we have found another set of sacrifices for another set of sins. However, in my opinion, the most interesting part of this chapter lies in between the sin and sacrifice.
Lev 5:5 And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing:
Confessing that we have messed up is the first step to asking for forgiveness from God. Even though we don’t literally need to sacrifice animals like they did in the Old Testament, we need to confess our sins to God and He will be faithful to forgive us.
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.
Psa 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
In both of these instances, it is obvious that confession comes before forgiveness. While confession may obviously be intimidating because nobody likes to admit they did something wrong, God will always take us back like prodigal children.
We shouldn’t have wandered at the beginning, but isn’t it nice to know that we can be forgiven when we mess up? It would be inaccurate to take this as a free pass to do whatever we want, but we know that we can be forgiven from all of our sins.
Here is an excellent verse that speaks to the power of the forgiveness of God.
Mic 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
God will forgive us, and He will throw all of our sins into the depths of the sea. They will not be with us anymore, and God will have mercy on us.
So, starting from this idea of forgiveness that we find in Leviticus, we can follow the entire path to forgiveness which we don’t deserve, but because God is merciful, we can be forgiven.