How often do you find yourself after times of real dedication to the Lord that you grow ever so confident only to find in His gentle love he reveals a sin of ignorance in your life?
Oh, how discouraging to know that such a sin was taking place often in the very presence of your Lord. Sins such as hidden pride that though the times were magnificent with your Lord, they were that because of Him, then you find yourself blushing with shame.
On my Bible reading today in Leviticus, which by the way I committed to read the scriptures a lot slower taking approximately three years to go through the entire Bible, I have found another treasure where I am reminded about the continual sacrifice for sins.
“Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a soul shall sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall do against any of them:” Leviticus 4:2
Apply these verses by making them personal, “Speaking to me, If I sin through ignorance against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and shall sin against any of them:”
At this moment you may want to jump in and say, “But we are not under the law but under grace.”
“Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.” Romans 7:13
So how can we need grace if not because we have broken God’s law? You cannot separate the two the breaking of God’s law and the need for grace still go hand-in-hand. The law is not dead it continues to remind us of how sinful we are but grace, our Lord Jesus Christ, is very much alive. Our Lord Jesus continues to accomplish for us what the priest would do for the children of Israel:
“And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat is taken away from off the sacrifice of peace offerings; and the priest shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savor unto the LORD; and the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.” Leviticus 4:31
What a beautiful picture of my Lord Jesus Christ who is our High Priest AND the atoning sacrifice and how beautiful the ending of verse 31 where it says, “…the priest shall make an atonement for him, and it shall be forgiven him.”
Thank you dear Jesus for the law that reveals how exceeding my sin is. And thank you for being our continual sacrifice for sins, a sweet savor unto the Lord.