Making Restitution


Daily Bible Reading - Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14

Today’s Key Passage - Leviticus 5:14 – 6:7

 

There were five key offerings the Israelites made to God – the burnt offering, the grain offering, the fellowship offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering.  All of these offerings were made by the Israelites in order to have their sins forgiven and to restore their relationship with God.  Of course, the death of Jesus Christ would eventually make all of these sacrifices unnecessary because the sacrifice of the perfect Jesus would completely forgive all of our sins and restore our relationship to God forever, but we can still learn valuable lessons from these offerings.  The guilt offering in today’s key passage offers us great insight into sins against our neighbors.  Originally, if one of the Israelites had sinned against a neighbor, he would have to make restitution in full plus 20% interest to the neighbor and would also have to sacrifice a ram.  While we no longer have to worry about sacrificing the ram, the idea of making restitution still applies to us today.

Have you ever sinned against one of your neighbors?  Understand that by “neighbor” we are not just talking about the people who live next door to us.  Jesus taught that a literally everyone that we know or meet is our “neighbor”.  If we have ever lied to or about another person, stolen from anyone, found or borrowed something and failed to return it, or cheated anyone we are guilty of sinning against our neighbor.  More importantly, we have not just sinned against our neighbor, we have also sinned against God.  We may have even committed these sins unintentionally, but we are still guilty in the eyes of God.  Anytime we sin against our neighbor, we should remember the guilt offering from Leviticus.  As soon as we realize the sin, we must confess our sin to God and ask for forgiveness, apologize to our neighbor and ask for forgiveness, and then make things right with the person we hurt.  While the guilt offering specifically talked about stealing, cheating, and deceiving others, how much better would all of our relationships be if we followed this pattern anytime we hurt another person.  Whether we hurt them with our words or our actions, we can confess to God, ask the person for forgiveness, and make it right.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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