Today’s Scripture: Leviticus 4-7
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21
In the Old Testament, God required sacrificial offerings so that the sin that separated the people from Him could be forgiven and fellowship with God could be restored.
Note carefully the order of offerings in Leviticus 5-7. The sin offering had to be made before the burnt offering. Why? To make peace with God before offering service to God. And by the way, if the person brought an offering of fine flour, it was not to be doctored up with oil or frankincense. Why? Apparently the flour itself did not taste very good, reminding the person of the pollution and loathsomeness of his sin. To add oil and frankincense would have made it taste and smell better. But God wanted the people to see their sin as it really was.
Do you remember reading about the Garbage Barge? This huge floating barge carried three thousand tons of trash, piled in eighteen-foot stacks. For nearly six months it wandered from city to city, trying to find a place to unload. No one would take it until finally the city of New York said, “Okay, you can unload it here. We’ll take it and get rid of it.” What a relief it must have been after six thousand miles with that boatload of smelly trash.
That’s what our spiritual lives would be like without the grace and forgiveness of God. What a relief to see the beauty and simplicity of God’s forgiveness, which He offers us in Jesus Christ. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” That’s the Christian’s bar of soap, and we should use it every time any sin interrupts our fellowship with God.
Lord, how awesome that You welcome me back to Your side when I confess my sin and repent of it. Your forgiveness means everything to me. Amen.
Have you become a kind of spiritual garbage barge because of unconfessed sin?