Moses begins this chapter with the specifics of the trespass offering; what to do in order to make things with right with God if one was guilty of theft or extortion. The difference between the trespass offering and the sin offering primarily consisted in the fact that the day the person brought the offering, they were also to give restitution to the one stolen from, which would be the full value and an additional 20% (Leviticus 6:4-5).
The various offerings were covered previously, in chapters 2 and 3 of Leviticus, but we have more details in this section. You’ll find that in order to get the entire scope of any of the offerings you’ll have to harmonize many passages of Scripture, typically found in the Pentateuch.
Just as the fires never went out in the Tabernacle, may the fires never fade, or go out in our own personal lives.
Leviticus 6:13 (NKJV) “A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.”
2 Timothy 1:6 (AMP) “That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination].”
Am I “on fire” for God?
It’s hard to imagine living life under the Old Covenant but I must admit, the call to, and command for holiness seen in the letter of the law and the practice of the sacrificial system is overwhelming. Imagine going to church service, volunteering as a minister, or even enjoying a meal in that setting, with the realization that if I was “unclean” – and so much as touched the wrong thing – the law legislated for me to be put to death! I would definitely walk, work, teach, and touch much more carefully.
Leviticus 6:18 (NKJV) “All the males among the children of Aaron may eat it. It shall be a statute forever in your generations concerning the offerings made by fire to the LORD. Everyone who touches them must be holy.’”
Leviticus 7:20 (NKJV) “But the person who eats the flesh of the sacrifice of the peace offering that belongs to the LORD, while he is unclean, that person shall be cut off from his people.”
(See also Leviticus 7:21, 25, 27 – there were many capital offenses)
And yet, even under the New Covenant, the call to holiness should be even stronger – with more clarity about the cross of God’s Son, and hearts filled with both fear and love.
I’m always struck by what we read in:
Mark 3:8b (NKJV) “…a great multitude, when they heard how many things He was doing, came to Him.”
I believe that if we get the word out, if we tell our story of what Jesus is doing in our lives, even our personal testimony of how we were saved or healed – others will come to Him. Have you ever shared your miraculous story of salvation?
The crowds were growing, the demons were bowing, the war was intensifying, it was now time for Jesus to train up the Twelve He would choose to use and pour “through.” Luke 6:12-13 informs us that Jesus spent all night in prayer before naming the Twelve. I wonder if He was praying about who to choose? Or perhaps He was praying for them? Twelve is the number of Government in the Bible, the Old Testament has the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
Order of names is usually significant in the Bible; Peter is named first, followed by James and John…Judas Iscariot is always named last, “…who also betrayed Him.”
They were so busy in ministry they didn’t have time to eat, Jesus’ family thought He was crazy, the religious leaders accused Jesus of being led by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons, at which point Jesus teaches some important lessons.
First of all, it makes no sense for Jesus to be casting out demons by the ruler of the demons, for a house divided against itself will fall (that goes for families and ministries too).
Secondly, Jesus was binding the enemy and rescuing the people Satan held captive, because Jesus was/is infinitely stronger than the enemy.
Third, these religious leaders were on the verge of committing the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit (the unpardonable sin). This is the only sin that is unforgivable, when someone resists the witness of the Holy Spirit who points people to Jesus. Remember, it’s not necessarily a sin issue, it’s a Son issue – what will you do with Jesus? Will we listen to the Holy Spirit and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? When we believe in and receive God’s Son, He forgives our sin.
Just in case you’re out there and you’re worried that maybe you’ve committed the unpardonable sin, please don’t worry any longer; just the fact that you’re concerned about it shows you haven’t committed it. Those who commit that sin, who cross that line, who resist the Holy Spirit to such an extent, will no longer feel a sliver of conviction, their hearts will become like stone.
It makes no sense to envy the wicked, even if it looks as if they’re doing well, wealthy, healthy, pretty, handsome, strong, famous and successful; doesn’t matter. Because they’ve defied God, soon they will be cut down and wither away (Psalm 37:1-2) evildoers will be cut off (Psalm 37:9).
If God’s people wait on the Lord, trust Him, commit our way to Him, our lives to Him, if we rest in Him and His ways, then in His timing, we will receive the desires of our hearts (desires that He places within us).
Psalm 37:3 (NKJV) “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”
Trust Him in your heart. Keep doing good with those “hands.” Don’t go to other “lands” where you don’t belong. Feed on His faithfulness (the Bible and His many blessings in your life).
Psalm 37:4 (NKJV) “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
What’s the deepest desire of your heart? It’s Him, the LORD! He promises to give you Himself and all the blessings that come with Christ. Please don’t wander, wait for that day.
Proverbs 10:3 seems to go hand in hand with what we just read in Psalms 37:3-4!
Proverbs 10:3 (NKJV) “The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked.”
If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.