Transformation of the Debt Being Paid
Text: Leviticus 4:27-31, “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally by doing something against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and is guilty, 28 or if his sin which he has committed comes to his knowledge, then he shall bring as his offering a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed. 29 And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill the sin offering at the place of the burnt offering. 30 Then the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour all the remaining blood at the base of the altar. 31 He shall remove all its fat, as fat is removed from the sacrifice of the peace offering; and the priest shall burn it on the altar for a sweet aroma to the Lord. So the priest shall make atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.” nkj
We read a lot of this kind of stuff in Leviticus. It’s hard to read, but it shows us that sin is abhorrent and the penalty for it is horrific and graphic. Sin affects everyone, even the innocent.
Sin is breaking covenant with God. Spiritual adultery is often how God equates it in many places of the Old Testament. When we become His child, we enter into a covenant relationship with Him. We recognize His sovereignty, wisdom, and power. When we sin, we are choosing our own way. In essence, we are saying His way is wrong. He doesn’t know what He is doing or saying or asking and WE know better. OUCH!
He allows us to do whatever we choose, but there are consequences for treating God with such disrespect – the sacrificial system, and ultimately, God Himself paid the final price so we could be released from the accusations against us and the debt sin places on us.
I picked just one example for us to look at so we can get a handle on what paying the penalty is all about.
If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally.
That’s anyone of us: you or me or your neighbour.
shall bring as his offering a kid of the goats without blemish
Notice that it had to be without blemish. This is why Jesus came and lived a sinless life. He had to be without any stain or blemish of sin in order to fulfill the law.
And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering, and kill the sin offering at the place of the burnt offering.
Here we have a picture of the animal symbolically taking the sin of the person – it is laid on the animals head and then the animal is killed. Its blood is shed and poured out by the priest.
Then the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger, put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering, and pour all the remaining blood at the base of the altar.
The blood is offered on the altar – given to God as it were as a covering for the person’s sin.
So the priest shall make atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.” nkj
When this is done there is a covering and the individual is in right standing with God again.
It is extremely graphic, but there is a reason for it. Sin brings carnage and must be answered for through death. The Levitical system shows us that without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness. Jesus understood that and so He became our sacrifice and His own blood was our offering.
2 Corinthians 5:21-6:2, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” nkj
Christ fulfilled the law – all the sacrifices and requirements of it so that we could permanently have access to God, forgiveness of sins and the guilt that goes along with them. Jesus gave us an opportunity to become part of God’s family and be at peace. He PAID THE COMPLETE PRICE!
He transformed our access point to God from us having to make animal sacrifices every time we sin to temporarily cover our sins to having our sins completely and entirely removed for us through faith in Him and an acceptance of His death in our place. It is all about Jesus.
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” av
So, isn’t it time for you to accept HIS sacrifice for you?
It is time for us to BE TRANSFORMED by turning our lives over to God through faith in Jesus Christ. We need to read His word, believe it, and ask Him to work it out in us through His Holy Spirit.
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