Day 45 – Leviticus 5-6
In the midst of all these guidelines, something stands out to me. There is provision for those who cannot provide or afford the “standard” sacrifice! You committed a sin of some kind and need to make the guilt offering, but you don’t have a fitting female sheep or goat. Your poorer and can’t afford to buy one either? No problem, bring two turtledoves or pigeons. Still too much for you? Your covered. Flour can work also. None of God’s people are left out; no one is excluded from worship or from receiving forgiveness. Other religions, other systems of worship didn’t offer this. If you couldn’t afford the animal for sacrifice the priest might confiscate your land, or require your daughter for a temple prostitute, or take you as a debt-slave, or even replace the animal with one of your own children. But God desires that none be excluded from worshipping him. So he give Israel alternatives for those who cannot afford the prescribed sacrifice. Just make sure you are honest, and not looking for the easy way out.
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Donovan Campbell, pastor of Greenville Presbyterian Church in Donalds, SC.