Our passage today records five different offerings that the people of Israel were to make – burnt offerings, grain offerings, peace offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings. We will focus on the sin offering.
- Sin is serious – The sacrificial system was a constant reminder of the seriousness of sin. To pay for sin, an animal must die. Blood must be shed. In a culture that jokes about or even celebrates many sins, let us remember that sin is a serious thing.
- Forgiveness is available – The truth of the seriousness of sin could leave us in despair if not for the wonderful truth that forgiveness is available. Note the glorious repetition in 4:20, 26, 31, 35; 5:6, 10, 13, 16, 18. Through sacrifice, atonement (payment) is possible which brings forgiveness of sins.
- Our sin sacrifice – The tabernacle is gone, and we don’t make sacrifices today. Why? Because Jesus is our sin offering. He died to pay (atone) for our sins so that we could be forgiven. And unlike before when animals needed to be offered again and again, Jesus died to pay for our sins once for all (see Hebrews 10:11-14). It is finished! The payment is made! You are forgiven in Jesus! Praise the Lord for this wonderful gift!