Saturday, July 14, 2012

Humility from Leviticus


In my morning devotions, I am re-reading through the ‘wilderness wanderings’ of the children of Israel, and I am currently to Leviticus.

While reading through chapters 4 through 6 especially the guilt or sin offerings, this thought came to mind: how humbling this process was.

There was no way you could hide your sin, and there was no way you could hide your guilt before God.  It was right out there in the open and everyone knew.  They even knew when the priest sinned.
“If the anointed priest sins so as to bring guilt on the people, then let him offer to the Lord a bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed” (Leviticus 4:3)

As full time workers before the Lord, the priest would have to make a real effort to ask one of his non-priest cattle herders to sell him a bull “…without defect…”  And anyone else had to tell the priest what his or her sin was in front of everyone.
v How embarrassing.
v How humbling.
v How “leveling.”
How come we, “the Royal Priesthood” don’t do this now?

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed…” (James 5:16a)

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