READ: Leviticus 5:1-6:7
I know, quite a big selection to read and somewhat repetitive. It is important, though, that you notice some of those repeated ideas. For instance, one of the big themes of this reading was an ignorance of the wrong doings and the guilt that resulted in a realization of the wrong.
Take the example of vs. 2. Someone has touched something that was unclean – therefore, they officially should have been unclean themselves. But at the time they didn’t know that what they touched was unclean and so they didn’t know that they were unclean and they went about life without undertaking the proper purification steps (we’ll read about all that soon). It is true that they had always been unclean and yet they had not realized their guilt – now that they realized their guilt, steps had to be taken and a ‘guilt offering’ was made.
The next example, in vs. 3, is very similar. The person must deal with their guilt once it has become known. Vs. 4 talks of someone that ignorantly makes a stupid vow and then, once he has known of his stupidity, become guilty under the law – his guilt must be dealt with.
And so the examples continue.
Reminds me of something the Apostle Paul said in Romans 7:7-8, ‘What shall we say then? Is the Law sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have come to know sin except through the Law; for I would not have known about coveting if the Law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind; for apart from the Law sins is dead.’
When there is no law can someone be tried for their wrongs? Paul says that a Law must exist, and a knowledge of that law, before someone can be deemed guilty for their actions…seems to also be the practice of Leviticus