The trespass offering shows that repentance and restitution alone are not enough to make atonement. There must also be propitiation through the blood of our sinless Saviour Jesus Christ

Leviticus 6 v 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour; 3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein: 4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found, 5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering. 6 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: 7 And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.

The offerer has repented of his sin. He has confessed his sin by going in to the temple and confessing his sin to the priest. He has paid restitution to the victim and added a fifth to it to make good the loss.

All this is not enough for him to be declared forgiven. He must also sacrifice a ram without blemish. The innocent must suffer death for the guilty. This typifies our Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ dying on calvary.

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2 Responses to The trespass offering shows that repentance and restitution alone are not enough to make atonement. There must also be propitiation through the blood of our sinless Saviour Jesus Christ

  1. Anonymous says:

    Jesus’ blood doesn’t pay for the crime of theft, recklessness, street accident, vandalism, and ruining one’s physical and properties either. A thief can’t just go unpunished by claiming that his sins have been paid by Jesus. A driver who hits and breaks a pedestrian leg can’t just go away by claiming that Jesus has paid the costs of treatment. Such a troublemaker still has to pay the damage he has committed to the victims and society.

    Atoning offerings as well as additional penalties take a function as “immaterial” consolation for souls, even in a long time benefits they serve importantly as the restorer of societal confidence to the rule of laws, equality of laws and justice.

    In short-time, the penalties serve as prevention for the sinner himself and other possible sinners from trying to repeat similar crimes.

    The burnt offering doesn’t function as external energy to empower God for atoning the sins, but it truly has such an “unexplained” vitality to please a wronged soul of victim, to appease the feeling of families, and to restore a confidence of the generations toward the justice.

    If Jehovah truly needs the bloods to atone *every* sin, he would not have counted the money or coins as replacement of the bloods.

  2. θ says:

    It is the character of God to forgive, but it is instinct of men to avenge.
    The offerings and additional penalties are the necessary price to cut off or break a chain of vengeance that has dominated the men’s instinct.

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