During the times of the old covenant, the high priests would sacrifice an animal in place of another person’s sins. Some people’s sins were intentional and others were not. And speaking of the Unintentional sins, it was still sin in God’s eyes and they needed an atonement made for their trespasses in order to be forgiven. This is called the trespass offering. It is written, “and the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the Lord; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the Lord a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering. And he shall make amends for the harm that he hath done in the holy thing, and shall add the fifth part thereto, and give it unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him with the ram of the trespass offering, and it shall be forgiven him.” (Leviticus 5:14-16) This sin offering was temporary and would have to be performed each time a person sinned against God.
Out of arrogance people did sin against God, not realizing what they did was wrong until someone confronts the person in question. Many people hate this when confronted about their sins, but according to God, it is important. Speaking of this trespass offering, God continued and said, “and if a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the Lord; though he wist it not, yet is he guilty, and shall bear his iniquity. And he shall bring a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him. It is a trespass offering: he hath certainly trespassed against the Lord.” (Leviticus 5:17-19) Although this law does not apply to us anymore because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross, people still need to know when and if they are in sin. We do this out of love, in order to lead this person to the Lord, who will help them. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will be confronted each time we sin against You and don’t realize we have done so. I know that I am guilty of this so often and if people never say anything about what I have done, I may very well continue to do the same thing over and over again. Thank You, Lord, for helping these people be so bold as to confront me while in sin. Because of their actions, I got back on track with You sooner than I may have otherwise. Truly, You speak through people and I am grateful that You have led these men and women into my life, in order to help me along the way. My desire is to remove the spec out of my own eye, that I might also make mention of other people’s sins. How can I judge another person righteously if I am also in sin and have not gotten right with You on this matter? I know that I would be doing so much wrong if I did this while in sin. Therefore, help me to confess my sins, that You might help me turn from them. Then, can I righteously judge people with the Holy Spirit in me. I love You, Lord. I trust in You, God. Amen.