Chapter-a-Day Leviticus 5

“When you are guilty, immediately confess the sin that you’ve committed and bring as your penalty to God for the sin you have committed a female lamb or goat from the flock for an Absolution-Offering.” Leviticus 5:5 (MSG)

A guilty conscience is a killer. It robs you of sleep. It ties your gut into knots. It gnaws at your thoughts. A person may be able to keep a lid on a guilty conscience for a time, but it will eat away at your soul until the guilt starts oozing out of your life in unexpected, often unhealthy ways.

When those burdened by addictions walk through the Twelve Steps, they are really walking through a systematic process of confession and atonement. The Twelve Steps are rooted in the understanding that our addictions are unhealthy ways we’ve habitually and ritualistically tried to medicate and cope with deeper guilt and pain. Through introspection, admission and making amends, we deal with the deeper issues which led us to our addictive behaviors.

The cool thing about the ancient law of Leviticus is that it presents and attempts to deal with core spiritual, relational, and personal issues with which we continue as human beings to struggle today. The prescription may look very different on this side of history, the sacrifice of Jesus, and the empty tomb, but the issues with which we silly humans grapple at the root of it are the same ones they were wrestling with 3500 years ago.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Leviticus 5”

  1. 11-12 “If you cannot afford the two doves or pigeons, bring two quarts of fine flour for your Absolution-Offering. Don’t put oil or incense on it—it’s an Absolution-Offering. Bring it to the priest; he’ll take a handful from it as a memorial and burn it on the Altar with the gifts for God. It’s an Absolution-Offering.

    Some Christians believe that if you put your faith in Jesus that you will be blessed with material things. Others believe that if you tithe God will bless you with wealth and all you need. This chapter explains that God doesn’t promise any of those things. There were believers in ancient times who had very little, so little that God lays out in his Message different offering options for those of varying means. I’ve never noticed that before. “If you can’t afford a lamb, bring two doves or pigeons, if you can’t afford that bring flour….” It’s too easy for us sometimes to expect to be blessed when we rely on God for our daily bread. My journey over the past couple of years has taught me that it’s more about what you do with what you have than what you have. Many of us are 1 job layoff away from being in serious trouble with the monthly liabilities we have accumulated. Until that happens personally, it is difficult to prepare for it. I’m a different man today than I was 2 years ago, I can tell you that!

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