Leviticus 4, Psalm 1&2, Proverbs 19, Colossians 2

Leviticus 4

v.13 “If the entire Israelite community sins… but the people don’t realize it, they are still guilty….” (followed by very lengthy & detailed ‘sin’ offering instructions.)

v. 22 “If one of Israel’s leader’s sins… but doesn’t realize it, he is still guilty” (followed again by very lengthy & detailed ‘sin’ offering instructions.)

Thoughts:  When we do wrong, commit sins, we’re guilty whether we are aware of what we’ve done or not. According to God’s ‘justice’ plan, sin must and will be paid for. We have to take personal responsibility for our actions.

Proverbs 19:4

“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord.” (NLT)

Thoughts: Why does man blame God for his own foolish choices and the resulting consequences? Is it because we really don’t want to take personal responsibility for our actions? Or do we shift blame because inherently we know we can’t afford to pay the price?

Colossians 2

v.13-14 “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by  canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.”

Thoughts: God in Christ did something for us that we could not do for ourselves. God has made  things right “once and for all.” No more sacrifices, no need to blame God anymore. In fact taking personal responsibility becomes much easier for me as I realize that Jesus Christ has paid the price I could not afford to pay. He has satisfied God’s requirement for justice. Christ took all my sins with him to the cross… I am forgiven!!

paul

This post originally published April 1, 2010.

5 Comments

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5 responses to “Leviticus 4, Psalm 1&2, Proverbs 19, Colossians 2

  1. So much to say here, so little space and time. Readers digest version;
    Does it strike anyone else funny or strange that sentence;
    “but the people don’t realize it, they are still guilty….” (followed by very lengthy & detailed ‘sin’ offering instructions.) If they don’t realize they are guilty of their sins then why on earth would the go through all of the hassle of sin offering? What’s the point; are they acknowledging their sins because they preform the sin offering? or are they just going through the motions because that’s just what was done. Even during those times of sin offering; what we today call the law and it’s works; if true repentance was the object of the sin offering that would be one thing, but the verses lead me to believe they never take ownership of their sins because they don’t even realize they are sinning? Did I read that correctly? Hence the reason for our salvation through Jesus Christ, however even in this we at some point still have to take responsibility and confess our sins….can’t confess if you don’t acknowledge you sin, or in times of the law; how can one accept responsibility for something they don’t know they are doing.
    Not too condensed is it?
    I believe people know wrong from right. Does someone gossip and understand it’s a sin, probably not but they know it’s wrong. Does someone tell little white lies and think it’s a sin; no but they know it’s wrong…that is unless you are completely void of all conscience.
    I speak from experience in these examples 🙂 as that of an unsaved sinner in my early years.

  2. I kind of thought of traffic laws during this: I might not realize I’m doing something wrong, but someone else calls me on it. I wonder if they had people keeping tabs on others to keep them in line. I just know that under US laws, you are still guilty if you break a law regardless if you know or not that you are breaking a law. But perhaps they all went through this exercise of not really understanding or owning up to their sin, but just did sacrifices all the same to cover themselves–similar to what you (Cindi) said, though taking some ownership of it, but not real repentance. ???

  3. Please remember Leviticus is a book of prophecy, not just ceremonial or liturgical instruction. How often do we see Jesus and turn away without realizing it?

  4. Thanks, Lance. I was hoping you’d stop by!

  5. Thank you, 66. I read much more often than I comment. Often there is little to add to the posts as they are so often well done and/or so personal. This one gave me pause for a bit of self-examination, which is what I was thinking in my comment above. I love Leviticus. It is so profound and prophetic – and so very few Christians will give it more than a glance, or look at more than a few of the more often quoted verses like 19:18, or those other passages that condemn one sin or another. If it isn’t used as a sword it isn’t used at all… and that is sad. I’m glad a few of the posts are treating it well. Blessings to you and all your contributors.

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