When an Israelite sinned

Leviticus Bible Background

02.08.2018 – Old Testament: Lev 6.1–7

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 4–6 on February 8, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

As you will see in the instructions that the Lord gave Moses, the Israelites had to take their sin seriously and it required much for them to be right with Him again,

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “If a person sins and commits a trespass against the LORD by lying to his neighbor about what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or about a pledge, or about a robbery, or if he has extorted from his neighbor, or if he has found what was lost and lies concerning it, and swears falsely—in any one of these things that a man may do in which he sins: then it shall be, because he has sinned and is guilty, that he shall restore what he has stolen, or the thing which he has extorted, or what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or the lost thing which he found, or all that about which he has sworn falsely. He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering. And he shall bring his trespass offering to the LORD, a ram without blemish from the flock, with your valuation, as a trespass offering, to the priest. So the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD, and he shall be forgiven for any one of these things that he may have done in which he trespasses” (Leviticus 6.1–7).

If an Israelite sinned, he had to restore what he had stolen or make the situation right, whatever it was. He had to restore its full value and even add 20% to it and then the Israelite had to bring a trespass offering to the Lord. Then the person would be forgiven by the Lord.


  • Should Christians take their sins less seriously than the Israelites had to?
  • When you sin against someone, do you do what you can to restore the situation or do you just hope that the offended one will forget about it?

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