Do Right When You Do Wrong Lev. 5:1, 4-5, 14-16; 6:1-7 May 16, 2010
As you read the text please note the number of time a fifth part is talked about, as the Lord required a 20% addition to the normal amount for the restitution for these sins. I remember as a new Christian thinking I could borrow from the Lord and later give a two or three week tithe. I though it would be without interest because the Lord and I were on such good terms. Then a deacon pointed out Lev. 27:31, and I quit borrowing from the Lord. We definitely need to Do Right When We Do Wrong.
1. Do Right By . . Acknowledging Your Wrong Doing. 5:1, 4-5
A. Note The Guilt From The . . Silence Of No Response. Lev 5:1
When someone sins in any of these ways: If he has seen, heard, or known about something he has
and did not respond to a public call to testify, he is guilty.
B. Note The Guilt From . . Swearing Rashly. Lev 5:4-5
4 Or if someone swears rashly to do what is good or evil—concerning anything a person may speak rashly
in an oath—without being aware of it, but later recognizes it, he incurs guilt in such an instance.
5 If someone incurs guilt in one of these cases, he is to confess he has committed that sin.
Many times the news media points out a crime and now a crowd did not respond because they didn’t want to get involved. Some times most of us thought our silence didn’t matter but God calls for us to respond as we have knowledge. On five while sitting in my car and some one rear ended me. Do you know only once did anyone who saw the wreck agree to be a witness? Because of that experience I try to volunteer as a witness.
Note the text points out even if we swear rashly we never-the -less are responsible to the Lord. The Lord requires a confession for the sins of silence and swearing. It is never right to just say I don’t want to get involved.
2. Do Right By . . Adding The Fifth Part To The Offering. 5:14-16
A. Note How The Lord . . Spoke To Moses. Lev 5:14-15
14 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 15 "If someone offends by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of
the Lord 's holy things, he must bring his restitution offering to the Lord : an unblemished ram from the
flock by your valuation in silver shekels, according to the sanctuary shekel, as a restitution offering.
B. Note How The Lord . . Specified The Restitution. Lev 5:16
16 He must make restitution for his sin regarding any holy thing, adding a fifth of its value to it, and give it
to the priest. Then the priest will make atonement on his behalf with the ram of the restitution offering, and
he will be forgiven.
If the Lord required a fifth part to be added to the restitution in the Old Testament does He still maintain that requirement? This is not a direct quote but one study bible says, the sin had to be compensated for, plus
a 20 percent penalty. Christ's death has eliminated guilt offerings, but we still need to make things right with those we hurt. The Lord spoke these words to Moses and He made specific demands. In the lesson the Priest made the sacrifice for the people. Of course today we can go directly to God through Christ. The scripture even tell us to “come boldly to the throne of grace,” Heb. 4:16. It seems strange to me for someone to have difficulty in asking for or giving forgiveness.
3. Do Right By Making . . Atonement. Lev 6:1-7
A. Atonement For Sins Of . . Deception. Lev 6:1-2
1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 2 "When someone sins and offends the Lord by deceiving his neighbor in
regard to a deposit, a security, or a robbery; or defrauds his neighbor;
B. Atonement For Sins Of . . Defrauding. Lev 6:3-5
3 or finds something lost and lies about it; or swears falsely about any of the sinful things a person may
do— 4 once he has sinned and acknowledged his guilt—he must return what he stole or defrauded, or the
deposit entrusted to him, or the lost item he found, 5 or anything else about which he swore falsely. He
must make full restitution for it and add a fifth of its value to it. He is to pay it to its owner on the day he
acknowledges his guilt.
C. Atonement For Sins As . . Described In Detail. Lev 6:6-7
6 Then he must bring his restitution offering to the Lord : an unblemished ram from the flock, according to
your valuation, as a restitution offering to the priest. 7 In this way the priest will make atonement on his
behalf before the Lord , and he will be forgiven for anything he may have done to incur guilt." HCSB
Did you notice verse one speaks of offending the Lord when a person deceives his neighbor?
How could that be? Well if they claimed to be a child of God and did not act like it that offended the Lord. There must be an atonement for the sins of deception and defrauding. The details about the atonement are described by the Lord. It seems these acts specified for the atonement were more of a difficulty to meet than we have today. When Christ made His sacrifice on the cross he covered our sin with His blood. Why do some people think they can do some works to atone for their sins. God set the sacrifice in the Old Testament and it required a blood sacrifice. He set Christ as the sacrifice for our sins; it is right to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior and We definitely need to Do Right When We Do Wrong. Amen? Amen!