~~~~~Lesson: Leviticus: Chapters 5-7 (reading after lesson)
There were/are many special cases listed in the bible in which offerings were required, but this one in particular struck me:
"or if someone, without being aware of it, rashly utters an oath to do good or evil, such as men are accustomed to utter rashly, and then recognizes that he is guilty of such an oath; then whomever is guilty in any of these cases shall confess the sin he has incurred"
How often do we speak without thinking, and then realize later what we have said?
Now read that section again. God knows that we do this. He understands that we are not perfect. BUT once we realize our actions, we must confess them to God and accept that we did them; not deny that we did anything wrong or say "Well, I didn't MEAN to do that".
Question: What is an example of you rashly speaking, promising, etc. without thinking? How did you mend this?
The next section we read (5:14-17) talks about someone who accidentally cheats God of what is "due."
Do you think anything is required in giving to the- whatever one you attend/used to attend/might want to attend- church? Why or why not?
Is there a difference between accidentally not giving what is due and willfully not giving what is due? Which is worse, in your opinion?
God commands that the fire put on the altar for the daily holocaust not be put out. We can apply this to us....instead of an actual fire on an alter burning meat, we can look at the fire of our love for God in our hearts.
How can we keep our fervor and love for God always burning?
~Reading: Leviticus: Chapters 5-7
Leviticus 5:1-6, 14-17
(1-6) "If any person refuses to give information which, as a witness of something he has seen or learned, he has been adjured to give, and thus commits a sin and has guilt to bear; or if someone, without being aware of it, touches any unclean thing, as the carcass of an unclean wild animal, or that of an unclean domestic animal, or that of an unclean swarming creature, and thus becomes unclean and guilty; or if someone, without being aware of it, touches some human uncleanness, whatever kind of uncleanness this may be, and then recognizes his guilt; or if someone, without being aware of it, rashly utters an oath to do good or evil, such as men are accustomed to utter rashly, and then recognizes that he is guilty of such an oath; then whomever is guilty in any of these cases shall confess the sin he has incurred, and as his sin offering for the sin he has committed he shall bring to the Lord a female animal from the flock, a ewe lamb or a she-goat. The priest shall then make atonement for his sin."
(14-17) The Lord said to Moses, "If someone commits a sin by inadvertently cheating in the Lord's sacred dues, he shall bring to the Lord as his guilt offering an unblemished ram from the flock, valued at two silver shekels according to the standard of the sanctuary shekel. He shall also restore what he has sinfully withheld from the sanctuary, adding to it a fifth of its value. This is to be given to the priest, who shall then make atonement for him with the guilt-offering ram, and he will be forgiven.
"If someone, without being aware of it, commits such a sin by doing one of the things which are forbidden by some commandment of the Lord, that he incurs guilt for which he must answer...."
(5-6) The fire on the altar is to be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest shall put firewood on it. On this he shall lay out the holocaust and burn the fat of the peace offerings. The fire is to be kept burning continuously on the altar; it must not go out.
(33-35) The descendant of Aaron who offers up the blood and fat of the peace offering shall have the right leg as his portion, for from the peace offerings of the Israelites I have taken the breast that is waved and the leg that is raised up, and I have given them to Aaron, the priest, and to his sons by perpetual ordinance as a contribution from the Israelites.
This is the priestly share from the oblations of the Lord, allotted to Aaron and his sons on the day he called them to be the priests of the Lord..."
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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Oh creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with a loving knowledge of you, that I may bring you like to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries what you have revealed.
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2. I will communicate with you respectfully and civilly. These are (rightly) issues which we feel passionate about. But even in disagreements, I will respect you fellow "seekers of truth."
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4. I will pray we will all find the truth and strive to fulfill the two greatest commandments: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31)
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