Even the very poor could make sacrifices for forgiveness from sin

Leviticus Bible Background

02.08.2016 Old Testament: Lev 5.11–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 4–6 on February 8, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

No excuse exists for committing sin, yet, the Lord understood that not everyone in Israel could afford the same trespass offering. The sinner had to bring a lamb, but if he could not afford a lamb, he had to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons,

“But if he is not able to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons, then he who sinned shall bring for his offering one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a sin offering. He shall put no oil on it, nor shall he put frankincense on it, for it is a sin offering. Then he shall bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it as a memorial portion, and burn it on the altar according to the offerings made by fire to the Lord. It is a sin offering. The priest shall make atonement for him, for his sin that he has committed in any of these matters; and it shall be forgiven him. The rest shall be the priest’s as a grain offering’” (Leviticus 5.11–13).

The poor did not get off from their obligation to the Lord, nor did He simply ignore their sin. Everyone had to deal with his sin one way or another.

However, those animals never did bring forgiveness, for forgiveness takes place in the mind of God and He based our forgiveness upon His Lamb, Jesus, whom God offered for all people, both rich and poor, and now we have the forgiveness of sins through Him.

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