I read a post today that reminded me of how much easier it is for me to ask forgiveness for my sins compared to the Israelites of olden times. The post is titled, A Whole Lot of Offerings and it talks about God’s instructions to the Israelites about what do when they sinned. Specifically, it is centered on Leviticus 5:5-7 which says, “So it shall be when he becomes guilty in one of these, that he shall confess that in which he has sinned. He shall also bring his guilt offering to the Lord for his sin which he has committed, a female from he flock, a lamb or a goat as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement on his behalf for his sin. But if he cannot afford a lamb, then he shall bring to the Lord his guilt offering for that in which he has sinned, two turtledoves or two young pigeons, one for a sin offering and the other for a burnt offering…”
The children of God in the time of Moses had to to offer sacrificial animals as atonement for their sins. God required sacrifice for the Israelites in order to remind them of their shortcomings, show them the penalty of sin and ultimately relieve them of the guilt of their sins. Imagine how difficult and awful it must be to bring an animal into church for sacrifice.
Today we no longer have to do such acts and go through such a horrible experiences because Christ has already made the ultimate sacrifice–his death fulfilled all the needs outlined in the Leviticus guidelines. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was a substitution and atonement for ALL sin. So when we sin, we must remember that Christ has died to save us from the horrible penalty of sin. Let us not crucify him again and devalue his sacrifice by revisiting our old sins over and over again.