The Sin or Purification Offering
Payment for Personal Sin and Defilement
Introduction: The nature of sin and defilement, and the glory of forgiveness.
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Ritual: The Regulation of the Purification Offering
• The people who are included (4:1-35)
• “Priest…” (4:3-12)
• “Congregation…” (4:13-21)
• “Leader…” (4:22-26)
• “Individual…” (4:27-35)
• The ritual the Lord requires
• An animal with no defect must be offered.
• Lay hands on the animal identifying it as a substitute.
• Slaughter the animal before the Lord.
• The priest applies blood in the sanctuary
• The priest burns the fat and internal organs on the high altar.
• The priest removes the remains to an ash heap outside the camp
Reason: The Revelation of the Purification Offering
• All sin, known and unknown, is sin and must be paid for (4:1; 5:1-5).
• God provides for forgiveness from sin by the death of a substitute (4:3-4; 13-15; 22-24, 27-29, 32-33).
• Anyone can find forgiveness and purification from sin (4:3, 13, 22, 33; 5:7-13).
• God is pleased to accept the sacrifice as a purification from sin (4:8-12; 19-21; 26, 31, 35; 5:6).
• The sacrifice of the substitute results in the sin of the sinner being removed from the presence of God (4:12, 21, 26, 31).
• The removal of sin and purification from defilement results in forgiveness and atonement with God (4:21, 26, 31, 35)
Reality: The Realization of Purification through the Provision of Jesus Christ
• Jesus purifies everything we contaminate (Hebrews 9:21-22, 1 Peter 1:2).
• Jesus took our sin on Himself to make us righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
• Our confession and Jesus’ sacrifice restores our fellowship with God (1 John 1:9).
The Lord is pleased to forgive, purify, and restore
any sinner who acknowledges his sin
and approaches God on the basis of
the blood of a substitute.
- Monday: 1 Peter 1:1-12
- Tuesday: 1 John 1:5-10
- Wednesday: Luke 23:26-34
- Thursday: Psalm 22
- Friday: Leviticus 5:14-6:7
Next Steps from Today’s Message
- I will approach God with confidence knowing that my sins have been paid for by the substitution of Jesus in my place.
- I will recognize that my sin and contamination from living in a fallen world is so significant that Jesus Christ – the perfect Son of God – had to die in my place.
- I will thank God for His gracious provision of a plan for substitutionary forgiveness and atonement.
Home Church Questions
- Read Leviticus 4:1-35
- Is there anything that was new, memorable, or meaningful from this week’s message?
- Is there an immediate application you know you need to make?
- Discuss the difference between personal sin and contamination by the world.
- Sin is serious. Does it seem fair that we are responsible for “unintentional sins”?
- Some translations render “unintentional sins” as “a mistake”. Do you think that is a fair translation? What is the difference?
- The work of Christ on our behalf is multifaceted. Discuss what you have learned about it so far in Leviticus.
- The sacrificial system is full of grace. Try to come up with as many expressions of grace that we have seen in Leviticus so far.
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