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Some wondering thoughts:

2398 Strongs’ Numbering System
BDB (Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions):
1) to sin, miss, miss the way, go wrong, incur guilt, forfeit, purify from uncleanness

Unintentional sin not planned sin, very interesting. These sacrifices and rituals were designed for the “stuff” that happens along the way. Since we are creatures that hate to admit we “missed the mark,” so to speak, a person would have to operate in “Truth” to realize that they have missed it BEFORE the consequences show up in ones’ life or the life of the community. All sin gives fruit to its own rewards. To have a life rooted in Truth one must deal truthfully with oneself and not be restrained by what family, community, country and “Church” thinks. Many jobs require inventories, even if it is only of supplies, material and human resource; but how often do we take an inventory of ourselves based on the standard and rule of God’s Laws? It is not about what others say, or even ourselves, it is about what God says. Anything else is sin.

I also understand that one can know the Truth, but that doesn’t mean one applies Truth rightly. Like soap, Truth, the Word, does you no good unless applied according to directions.

Grace and peace,

Leviticus 4:3

3 “‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull without defect as a sin offering[a] for the sin he has committed.

God mentioned the priest first (verse 3), signifying the importance of priest (community verse 13, leaders verse 22, any member of the community verse 27). Secondly, when the priest sins, he brings guilt on the people. (1 Chronicles 21:1-2, for example, 1 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.”).

Also in Romans 5:12-14

12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

Also, in Leviticus 4:13, for instance, the sin offering was for unintentional sins.

Mark 3:5a

5 He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts,

This reflected the heart of God. God does not delight in killing the evil. Instead God wants people to repent and shun from evil and live.

I find it interesting, reading about all these sacrifices and the High Preist having to perform these rituals. Aaron being the High Priest is a great example of God's forgiveness, isn't this the same Aaron that told the people to bring their gold to him so he could make them the idol of a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain speaking with God? It always amazed me that Aaron who was part of all these miracles would fall so quickly, Moses was only gone for 40 days, right? Proof that we can all fall quickly, but also proof that we can all be forgiven and used by God for great purposes.

He has us covered no matter what!
He is so kind, gentle, compassionate and slow to anger...

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