Sin Offering Thots

Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by richard n koustas, May 4, 2005.

  1. richard n koustas

    richard n koustas
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    Nov 20, 2004
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    One unique thing about the sin offering in Leviticus 4 is that it is the
    only offering that non-Levites (non-priest) were commanded to make.
    All other offerings were sacrificed by Levites. The sin offering was
    one of the non-sweet smelling offerings (after all, sin stinks!) and
    was required for `unintentional' sins.

    Anyone (or should I say everyone) that became aware of their
    unintentional sin was required to make the sin offering.
    The `anointed priest' (vs. 3-12), the elders (for sins of the whole
    congregation)(vs. 13-21), a ruler (vs. 22-26), and any of the common
    people (vs. 27-29). I think this is everyone....

    The order of events leading to the sacrifice is basically the same
    for each group:

    1. Commit unintentional sins (the sin (or knowledge of the sin)
    is hidden from the offender).
    2. The sin comes to the persons knowledge.
    3. Once the sin is brought to knowledge, the offender (or the
    elders for the sin of the entire congregation) is to bring his sin
    4. The offender lays hands on the animal. This action symbolizes
    identity with the animal and the transfer of the sin from the person
    to the animal.
    5. Then the offender (not the priest) sacrifices the animal.

    Isn't this a great picture of salvation?

    Before we are saved, we sin (often unintentionally). The unsaved sin
    without realizing it. Usually, there is no right or wrong,
    everything is relative. They are not worried about lying or cheating
    to get ahead, exaggerating deductions on their income tax return,
    living `in sin'. These actions are rationalized: I deserve it, they
    had it coming, everyone is doing it, noone is going to know, I'm not
    as bad as [fill in the blank]...

    When the Word is planted in the sinner, the sinner becomes aware of
    the sin (and the fact that he is a sinner). A sacrifice if required
    to deal with the sin. Just as the offender in the Old Testament laid
    his hand on the animal to signify the transfer of sins from the
    sinner to the animal, our sins were transferred onto Jesus as he hung
    on the cross. Just as the offender shed the blood of an innocent
    animal to pay the penalty for the sin, the blood of Jesus, who was
    without sin, was shed to pay - in full- the penalty for our
    sins. For "...without shedding of blood is no remission" (Heb. 9:22).

    Reminds me also of the woman at the well in John 4. There is no
    doubt that she was saved, by her testimony many believed (John
    4:39). But did you notice how her `unintentional' sin (of living 'in
    sin') was dealt with first? (John 4:17-18)

  2. exscentric

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    May 24, 2004
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    Seems like you are acknowledging that because you sinned the sacrifice had to die - kind of like our own situation :) We acknowledge Christ's death because we sinned.
  3. richard n koustas

    richard n koustas
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    [​IMG] Sin has to be addressed -- and the only way to deal with sin, is with blood.

    Maybe I've hear too many diluted "gospel" messages.

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