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November 22, 2018

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Text: Acts 24-26
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Leviticus 4 (ESV)

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If anyone sins unintentionally in any of the Lord‘s commandments about things not to be done, and does any one of them, if it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, then he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull from the herd without blemish to the Lord for a sin offering. He shall bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord and lay his hand on the head of the bull and kill the bull before the Lord. And the anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting, and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle part of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the veil of the sanctuary. And the priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense before the Lord that is in the tent of meeting, and all the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting.And all the fat of the bull of the sin offering he shall remove from it, the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins and the long lobe of the liver that he shall remove with the kidneys 10 (just as these are taken from the ox of the sacrifice of the peace offerings); and the priest shall burn them on the altar of burnt offering.11 But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, with its head, its legs, its entrails, and its dung— 12 all the rest of the bull—he shall carry outside the camp to a clean place, to the ash heap, and shall burn it up on a fire of wood. On the ash heap it shall be burned up.

13 “If the whole congregation of Israel sins unintentionally and the thing is hidden from the eyes of the assembly, and they do any one of the things that by the Lord‘s commandments ought not to be done, and they realize their guilt, 14 when the sin which they have committed becomes known, the assembly shall offer a bull from the herd for a sin offering and bring it in front of the tent of meeting.15 And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands on the head of the bull before the Lord, and the bull shall be killed before the Lord. 16 Then the anointed priest shall bring some of the blood of the bull into the tent of meeting, 17 and the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord in front of the veil. 18 And he shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar that is in the tent of meeting before the Lord, and the rest of the blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt offering that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 19 And all its fat he shall take from it and burn on the altar. 20 Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the priest shall make atonement for them, and they shall be forgiven.21 And he shall carry the bull outside the camp and burn it up as he burned the first bull; it is the sin offering for the assembly.

22 “When a leader sins, doing unintentionally any one of all the things that by the commandments of the Lord his God ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt,23 or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring as his offering a goat, a male without blemish, 24 and shall lay his hand on the head of the goat and kill it in the place where they kill the burnt offering before the Lord; it is a sin offering. 25 Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar of burnt offering. 26 And all its fat he shall burn on the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice of peace offerings. So the priest shall make atonement for him for his sin, and he shall be forgiven.

27 “If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord‘s commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, 28 or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, 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 in the place of burnt offering. 30 And the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out all the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 31 And all its fat he shall remove, as the fat is removed from the peace offerings, and the priest shall burn it on the altar for a pleasing aroma to the Lord. And the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be forgiven.

32 “If he brings a lamb as his offering for a sin offering, he shall bring a female without blemish 33 and lay his hand on the head of the sin offering and kill it for a sin offering in the place where they kill the burnt offering. 34 Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out all the rest of its blood at the base of the altar. 35 And all its fat he shall remove as the fat of the lamb is removed from the sacrifice of peace offerings, and the priest shall burn it on the altar, on top of the Lord‘s food offerings. And the priest shall make atonement for him for the sin which he has committed, and he shall be forgiven.

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  1. Sin Offering

    Sin is serious. It's serious to God and should be series to us. 

    For those who are born again and are in Christ, we are no longer condemned because of our sin but that doesn't mean God turns a "blind eye" to it or there are not consequences for it. 

    Sin has consequences. We may not suffer the ultimate consequence of being eternally separated from God and condemned to hell, our sin quenches the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19). Our sin also grieves the Holy Spirit. 

    Ephesians 4:17-30 says, "Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

    25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."

    Romans 6:16-23 says, Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

    20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

    When we read of the sin offering in Leviticus 4, do we think of Jesus shedding His blood on the cross as a sin offering? 

    When we understand the seriousness of our sin as His followers, does it cause us to resist temptation?

    When we realize we are no longer slaves to sin and are set free from sins grip on us, does it allow us to live in freedom from sin? 

    When we do sin, does grieving and quenching the Holy Spirit bring repentance, a desire to resist temptation and victory over sin? 

    When we think of the wages of sin being death, do we think of those who reject the free gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ and will stand before God condemned in their sin and for their rejection of Christ?

    This should cause us to not want to grieve and quench the Holy Spirit so we can be filled by His Spirit, unencumbered by things that would "clog our spiritual pipes" and restricts the flow of His divine power in and through us. 

    We want God to reign freely in us so we can enjoy a close relationship with Him and be effective witnesses to those who need to see the power of Christ in us. 

    On this Thanksgiving morning, I want to thank you Father for the gift of mercy and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.

    Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul 
    Thank you, Lord, for making me whole 
    Thank you, Lord, for giving to me 
    Thy great salvation so rich and free
     
    Lyrics and Music: Seth and Bessie Sykes

  2. I absolutely love the chapters you put I your comments. They really spoke to me, and there's nothing that I want to do more than obey God. I'm so deeply grateful for Jesus, and for the way He opened my eyes, so that I don't have to be a slave to sin. 

    Happy Thanksgiving! 

  3. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

    The Jews who would have read Paul’s words here in Romans 6:23 back in the first century had a keen understanding of the cost of sin, and the need for their sin to be atoned for. I don’t think we really do today, at least in America, being so far removed from these incredibly graphic displays of God’s judgment. 

    The religious Jewish people today who have not trusted in Jesus Christ are longing for the temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem so they can resume the sacrifices, while trying to live the Law perfectly in the meantime. Any hope they have for God’s mercy is dependent upon their righteousness and perfection…not Christ’s righteousness and perfection. 

    If you can handle the graphic nature of sacrifice, you can find on YouTube devout Muslims sacrificing animals during Eid al-Adha. It’s  horrific. But it helped me understand how grateful Muslims and Jews who trust in Christ must be!! The joy of knowing your sins have been atoned for by God’s GRACE! 

    We indeed should be so grateful to God for what He has given us in Christ! What love! What grace! What mercy! And knowing that, how could we not live for Him with joy??? 

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