Leviticus

Leviticus 5-7

Guilt Offering: This is also called the trespass offering.  I actually “listened” to today’s read rather than read it.  Why?  Because it was so boring (feeling a little guilty about saying that) that I found myself skimming way too much.  So when I listened to it I heard one word repeated: “Restitution”.  This act removed the guilt of certain sins that involved
trespassing or “sinning”  against God. The Hebrew word ‘asham, translated “guilt,” also means “reparation or restitution.” Guilt in the biblical sense is not just a feeling but a condition. There may be known transgressions that bring feelings of guilt, but there is also the condition of guilt before God, caused by sins known or unknown. Sometimes a hardened sinner has few feelings of guilt when he is the most guilty. (I call it rationalizing our sin!)  Ouch.

OK, so now this chapter isn’t as boring as I thought.  I have to go make restitution because I am guilty of skimming and I need to reread.


I got to Chapter 6 and 7:  thought “didn’t we read this already?”  We were reading about how WE offer the sacrifice, this next section is the about the priests requirements at the offering.  The priests were given a portion to eat since they were working day and night.

4 thoughts on “Leviticus 5-7

  1. I am doing a Bible study on the beatitudes, I understand it is a heart issue and I don’t know why He didn’t teach the people this now in Leviticus? why all the details and ways to sacrifice? why not teach them it is about their heart? what are your thoughts?

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  2. Well, when sacrifices were offered whether God accepted it was a heart issue in my opinion. The evidence in “their heart” was what they brought. If you go back to Genesis 4, Cain and Able:

    “Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.”

    In Leviticus God tells them to bring their finest flour (not what was left over), their young bull without defect….etc. What they brought was their best (that only comes from the heart), or “some” of their offerings like Cain. We know in the Bible when an offering is acceptable because it will be a “pleasing aroma to the Lord”. That’s just my opinion, anyone else have a take on this question, I think it is an interesting thought.

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  3. I might try listening to it tomorrow. I caught myself skimming as well. I’m still learning so much, which I love! 🙂 Thank you for this blog!!

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    1. I am learning a lot too. I look back occasionally at my old blog from the last time I did this (2012) and I am in awe of the difference. I think ahead to “When I do this again…” How much more will God reveal??

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