Law of Sin Offerings

Text: Leviticus 4

Unintentional Sin is Still Sin

  • A burnt offering had to be made for these sins (v. 3, 13-14, 22-24, 27-29)
  • Ignorance of guilt would not excuse sin (Hosea 4:6)
  • We must recognize the fact that all sins are wrong, regardless of motive or level of knowledge (1 John 3:4)

Awareness had to be Made for These Sins

  • Because these sins were done in ignorance, the guilty parties had to have their sin pointed out to them (v. 14, 23, 28)
  • Therefore, teaching must be done (John 16:13; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6)
  • If we are the sinner being taught, we must have the proper attitude — humility & repentance (Acts 9:9,11), not arrogance & obstinance (Romans 2:4-5)

Four Categories of Offenders

  • The anointed priest (v. 3) — they were not perfect (Hebrews 5:2-3); therefore, do not put your trust in men (Jeremiah 17:5)
  • The whole congregation (v. 13) — society, as a whole, can either be good or bad (Proverbs 14:34); do not allow yourself to be influenced by society (Romans 12:2)
  • A leader (v. 22) — do not allow civil leaders to lead you into sin (Acts 5:29)
  • Anyone of the common people (v. 27) — ultimately, each one of us is accountable (Ezekiel 18:20); do not blame others for your sin

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