Let’s continue our study on offerings….. translated from the Hebrew word “karbanot” meaning “to draw near”. In the early days, offerings primary purpose was to draw those believers near to God. Previously, we talked about firstfruit offerings , “minchah”, representeing the devotion of the fruits of man’s work to God. Today let’s talk about sin offerings.
A sin offering was an offering to atone for and purge a sin. It was an expression of sorrow for the error and a desire to be reconciled with God. The Hebrew term for this type of offering is(קָרְבַּן חַטָּאת ) korban ḥatat, Chapter 4 of Leviticus gives us an an account of the first time God’s people were introduced to sin offerings. Below I have a reference to the scripture translation from “the Voice”. The Voice is English translation of the Old and New Testaments, produced by the Ecclesia Bible Society and released in 2012 by Thomas Nelson, Inc, meant to be more of an artistic account of the scriptures.
Leviticus 4 The Eternal One then spoke to Moses.
Eternal One: 2 Moses, go, talk with the Israelites, and tell them that if someone unwittingly commits a sin that violates any of the directives I have given, this is what you should do. If the person anointed as priest commits a sin, he brings guilt on the people and they suffer the consequences. So the priest must offer the most valuable animal—an unblemished, young bull—to Me as a purification offering for sin.
Sin destroys one’s relationship with God and can even endanger entire communities. God provided a process whereby sin was forgiven and guilt could be set aside. It began with admitting you were wrong and then following the requisite sacrifices. But note: these sacrifices only atoned for sins committed unwittingly. There was no sacrifice offered for sins committed deliberately.
I want to reemphasize this !!! There was no sacrifice offered for sins committed deliberately. But today, we have Christ. He is our sin offering. He forgives us for sins we unwittingly commit and those we deliberately commit. During this Lenten journey as we remember and study about Christ’s death and resurrection, we are eternally grateful for this gift. We no longer have to bring forward a sin offering to our priest to be forgiven. We no longer have to present our sacrifice to the temple. Our bodies are His temple. The Jewish temple was destroyed in 70 CE, and we are living today to be that temple.
Devote your scripture reading today to chapter four of Leviticus. Read several translations of these verses if you can. For me personally, I am drawing nearer to God during this journey. His presence is upon me every breath taking moment. Today has been a great reminder to me of the gift that Jesus gave us on the cross. I no longer have to bring a sin offering and I am forever grateful for His forgiveness. Especially for those sins that I continue to commit over and over again.
One of my favorite praise songs of all time seems fitting for today. Beautiful words. Beautiful song.
I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus may You receive the honor that You’re due
O Lord I bring an offering to You