God’s Story For Your Life
God explains why sin offerings are needed.
“Or suppose you make
a foolish vow of any kind, whether its purpose is for
good or for bad. When
you realize its foolishness, you must admit your guilt.
“When you become
aware of your guilt in any of these ways, you must confess
your sin. Then you must bring to the LORD as the penalty for your sin a female
from the flock,
either a sheep or a goat. This is a sin offering with which
the priest will
purify you from your sin, making you right with the LORD.” /
Have you ever sworn to do or not do
something and then realized how foolish
your promise was? God’s people are
called to keep their word, even if they
make promises that are tough to keep.
Jesus was warning against swearing (in
the sense of making vows or oaths)
when he said, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I
will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything
beyond this is from the evil one” (Matthew
5:37). Our word should be enough.
If we feel we have to strengthen it with an
oath, we should look for the
reasons why that is. The only promises we ought
not to keep are promises that
lead to sin.
The entire system of sacrifices could not help a sinner
unless he brought his
offering with an attitude of repentance and a
willingness to confess sin.
Today, because of Christ’s death on the cross, we
do not have to sacrifice
animals. But it is still vital to confess sin,
because confession shows
realization of sin, awareness of God’s holiness,
humility before God, and
willingness to turn from this sin (Psalm 51:16-17).
Even Jesus’ death will be
of little value to us if we do not repent and
Is your word something that people can
rely on? If not, why not? If it is due
to mistakes you’ve made, talk with God
about your sins—confess honestly to