Leviticus 5: Sin and the guilt offerings

March 14, 2024 ·

Summary:
These actions will render someone guilty once they become aware of it:

  • Withholding necessary information,
  • Touching unclean objects,
  • Making a thoughtless oath.

To reconcile, one must offer a sin offering of a lamb or two pigeons/doves. If they are poor, they are to bring an ephah of flour to be burned.

If someone sins regarding the holy items, they are to offer a ram. They must also provide cash for restitution equal to the value plus one-fifth. It serves as a guilt offering.

If someone disobeys God’s commands unintentionally, he is to bring a ram as a guilt offering.

Key verse:
1. If anyone sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify, and though heis a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does notspeak, he shall bear his iniquity;

My thoughts:
Sin is not only committed through action but can also result from inaction. The Anglican liturgy in New Zealand asks for repentance for what we have said and not said.

God acknowledges that the poor cannot give as much as the rich, so He allows smaller offerings for those who are less affluent.

Oaths are generally frowned upon in the Bible. We are often too careless with our promises, and we should simply act or not act, rather than making elaborate oaths.

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