February 6, 2015

Leviticus - 4-7 – God spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites, When a person sins unintentionally by straying from any of God’s commands, breaking what must not be broken, 

if it’s the anointed priest who sins and so brings guilt on the people, he is to bring a bull without defect to God as an Absolution-Offering for the sin he has committed. 

If the whole congregation sins unintentionally by straying from one of the commandments of God that must not be broken, they become guilty even though no one is aware of it. When they do become aware of the sin they’ve committed, the congregation must bring a bull as an Absolution-Offering .. The elders of the congregation will lay their hands on the bull’s head in the presence of God and one of them will slaughter it before God…. The priest makes atonement for them and they are forgiven. 

When a ruler sins unintentionally by straying from one of the commands of his God which must not be broken, he is guilty. When he becomes aware of the sin he has committed, he must bring a goat for his offering, a male without any defect, lay his hand on the head of the goat, and slaughter it in the place where they slaughter the Whole-Burnt-Offering in the presence of God—it’s an Absolution-Offering… The priest makes atonement for him on account of his sin and he’s forgiven.

When an ordinary member of the congregation sins unintentionally, straying from one of the commandments of God which must not be broken, he is guilty. When he is made aware of his sin, he shall bring a goat, a female without any defect, and offer it for his sin, lay his hand on the head of the Absolution-Offering, and slaughter it at the place of the Whole-Burnt-Offering…In this way, the priest makes atonement for him and he’s forgiven.  If he brings a lamb for an Absolution-Offering, he shall present a female without any defect, lay his hand on the head of the Absolution-Offering, and slaughter it at the same place they slaughter the Whole-Burnt-Offering… In this way, the priest makes atonement for him on account of his sin and he’s forgiven.

If you sin by not stepping up and offering yourself as a witness to something you’ve heard or seen in cases of wrongdoing, you’ll be held responsible.  Or if you touch anything ritually unclean...and you weren’t aware of it at the time, but you’re contaminated and you’re guilty;  Or if you touch human uncleanness… and you’re not aware of it at the time, but later you realize it and you’re guilty; Or if you impulsively swear to do something, whether good or bad…and you aren’t aware of what you’ve done at the time, but later you come to realize it and you’re guilty in any of these cases;

When you are guilty, immediately confess the sin that you’ve committed and bring as your penalty to God for the sin you have committed a female lamb or goat from the flock for an Absolution-Offering.  In this way, the priest will make atonement for your sin.

If you can’t afford a lamb, bring as your penalty to God for the sin you have committed two doves or two pigeons, one for the Absolution-Offering and the other for the Whole-Burnt-Offering… If you cannot afford the two doves or pigeons, bring two quarts of fine flour for your Absolution-Offering…. 
The priest will make atonement for you and any of these sins you’ve committed and you’re forgiven. The rest of the offering belongs to the priest, the same as with the Grain-Offering.”

God spoke to Moses: “When a person betrays his trust and unknowingly sins by straying against any of the holy things of God, he is to bring as his penalty to God a ram without any defect from the flock, the value of the ram assessed in shekels, according to the Sanctuary shekel for a Compensation-Offering. He is to make additional compensation for the sin he has committed against any holy thing by adding twenty percent to the ram and giving it to the priest.

If anyone sins by breaking any of the commandments of God which must not be broken, but without being aware of it at the time, the moment he does realize his guilt he is held responsible. He is to bring to the priest a ram without any defect, assessed at the value of the Compensation-Offering.

God spoke to Moses: “When anyone sins by betraying trust with God by deceiving his neighbor regarding something entrusted to him, or by robbing or cheating or threatening him; or if he has found something lost and lies about it and swears falsely regarding any of these sins that people commonly commit—when he sins and is found guilty, he must return what he stole or extorted, restore what was entrusted to him, return the lost thing he found, or anything else about which he swore falsely. He must make full compensation, add twenty percent to it, and hand it over to the owner on the same day he brings his Compensation-Offering

These are the instructions for the Compensation-Offering. It is most holy… The Compensation-Offering is the same as the Absolution-Offering—the same rules apply to both. The offering belongs to the priest who makes atonement with it. …

These are the instructions for the Peace-Offering which is presented to God. If you bring it to offer thanksgiving, then along with the Thanksgiving-Offering present unraised loaves of bread mixed with oil, unraised wafers spread with oil, and cakes of fine flour, well-kneaded and mixed with oil… 

If the offering is a Votive-Offering or a Freewill-Offering, it may be eaten the same day it is sacrificed and whatever is left over on the next day may also be eaten. But any meat from the sacrifice that is left to the third day must be burned up

God spoke to Moses: “Speak to the People of Israel. Tell them, Don’t eat any fat of cattle or sheep or goats…. Tell them, When you present a Peace-Offering to God, bring some of your Peace-Offering as a special sacrifice to God, a gift to God in your own hands… 

From the day they are presented to serve as priests to God, Aaron and his sons can expect to receive these allotments from the gifts of God. This is what God commanded the People of Israel to give the priests from the day of their anointing. This is the fixed rule down through the generations.
These are the instructions for the Whole-Burnt-Offering, the Grain-Offering, the Absolution-Offering, the Compensation-Offering, the Ordination-Offering, and the Peace-Offering which God gave Moses at Mount Sinai on the day he commanded the People of Israel to present their offerings to God in the wilderness of Sinai.

Hebrews 2-3 - It is crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off...

First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him.  All the while, God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts to signs and miracles, as he saw fit....In the death of Christ, by God’s grace, he fully experienced death in every person’s place.  ...

Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family...By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.  

It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to this trouble for angels.  It was for people like us, children of Abraham.  That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life.  Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of human sins, he would have already experienced it all himself -- all the pain, all the testing-- and he would be able to help where help was needed.

So my dear Christian friends, companions in following this call to the heights, take a good hard look at Jesus.  He’s the centerpiece of everything we believe, faithful in everything God gave him to do.  Moses was also faithful, but Jesus gets far more honor.  A builder is more valuable than a building any day.  Every house has a builder, but the builder behind them all is God...Christ, as Son, is in charge of the house...

So watch your step, friends.  Make sure there is no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God.  For as long as it is still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes...

Those in the wilderness who turned a deaf ear were the same ones whom God delivered out of Egypt...They never got there (promised land) because they never listened, never believed.