Friday, May 14, 2010

Do Right When You Do Wrong

This week's Bible study lesson comes from Leviticus 1:1 - 16:34, and the following are points that made an impression on me:

• Sacrificing animals as an offering to God was to sensitize the Israelites to the seriousness of sin. In today’s world we have become desensitized to sin and the sacrifice Jesus made to save us from eternal damnation. We need to take sin seriously. (Leviticus 1:1-9)

• A person’s attitude determines, if God finds his sacrifice/offering/repentance acceptable. (Leviticus 1:9b, 13b and 17b)

• You should seek forgiveness for unintentional sins, when you become aware of them (Leviticus 4:35-5:6)

• Only through confession and repentance can we have a right relationship with God. (Leviticus 5:5)

• When our sin causes another person to experience some type of loss, restitution must be made in addition to confession and repentance. (Leviticus 6:5)

• Religious rituals should draw us closer to God. We should not forget the meaning or the purpose of the rituals lest we become indifferent and just go through the motions of worship.

• Leaders have special responsibilities for those in their congregation. The consequences of their sins may be severe, but if left unpunished, the congregation could be led astray. (Leviticus 10:1-2)

• Disregarding God’s commands and being indifferent to God puts us in danger.(Leviticus 10:1-2)

• Holiness is very important to God. We are to be holy and clean. The opposite of holy is common, and the opposite of clean is impure. (Leviticus 10:1-2)

• God’s commands are not to restrict our life and enjoyment, but to keep us from dangerous temptation and damaging sin and to make us holy.

• Atonement for sin is required for all sin, and the ultimate atonement was made when Jesus died on the cross. (Leviticus 16:34)

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