Leviticus 5 … Consider Him Who is Not Guilty

Originally posted: 05/02/2019

The laws for the guilt offerings are comprehensively described. Whether intentionally committed or in ignorance, Scripture makes one thing abundantly clear about all sin… “he was certainly guilty before the Lord,(5:19).

Humanity is swift to cry out against crimes committed against the innocent and the innate desire for justice rises. But in all of mankind, there is only One Who is Not Guilty. Sin is always a crime against Holy God; against Him Who is Not Guilty.

Consider Him Who is Not Guilty

Who is like You among the gods, O Lord?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?
(Exodus 15:11).

“To whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One,
(Isaiah 40:25).

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
And your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear,
(Isaiah 59:2).

Your eyes are too pure to approve evil,
And You can not look on wickedness with favor,
(Habakkuk 1:13).

“Now if a person sins and does any of the things which the Lord has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment. 18 He is then to bring to the priest a ram without defect from the flock, according to your valuation, for a guilt offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his error in which he sinned unintentionally and did not know it, and it will be forgiven him. 19 It is a guilt offering; he was certainly guilty before the Lord,” (5:17-19).

How do we respond to Him Who is Not Guilty?

  •  We will never thoroughly understand perfect holiness. We try to imagine something without any reference point; for since the Fall in the garden, mankind has never experienced life without sin. It is by faith we understand and agree God alone is perfect in His holiness; our sin, though others are affected, is always against Him Who is Not Guilty.
    • Against You, You only, I have sinned
      And done what is evil in Your sight,
      (Psalm 51:4).
  • We must be reconciled to Him Who is Not Guilty. He Who cannot look upon evil, has made the way to reconcile us to Himself, seeing us now as holy and blameless through the sacrifice of His Son.
    • And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach, (Colossians 1:21-22).
  • Let us live by unwavering faith in His atoning sacrifice, free from the guilt of our sin and empowered to live in the righteousness of Christ.
    •  and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed, (1 Peter 2:24).
  • When we sin, we must reject the lying tactics of the enemy and his attempts to convince us this time we’ve gone too far.
    • Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short
      That it cannot save;
      Nor is His ear so dull
      That it cannot hear,
      (Isaiah 59:1).
  • Let us be quick to confess sin; freeing ourselves from any doubt He hears our prayers.
    • If I regard wickedness in my heart,
      The Lord will not hear;
      (Psalm 66:18).

Although reconciled by His death and indwelt by His Holy Spirit, the guilt of sin disrupts our fellowship with Holy God. We can experience and enjoy the blessing of the freedom from guilt as we acknowledge and confess our sin to Him Who is Not Guilty.

How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered!
How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit!

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
And You forgave the guilt of my sin, (Psalm 32:1-5).

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