1555.) Leviticus 5:14 – 6:7

Guilt casts a long shadow.

Guilt casts a long shadow.

Leviticus 5:14 – 6:7   (NRSV)

Offerings with Restitution

14The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 15When any of you commit a trespass and sins unintentionally in any of the holy things of the Lord, you shall bring, as your guilt offering to the Lord, a ram without blemish from the flock, convertible into silver by the sanctuary shekel; it is a guilt offering. 16And you shall make restitution for the holy thing in which you were remiss, and shall add one-fifth to it and give it to the priest. The priest shall make atonement on your behalf with the ram of the guilt offering, and you shall be forgiven.

17If any of you sin without knowing it, doing any of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done, you have incurred guilt, and are subject to punishment. 18You shall bring to the priest a ram without blemish from the flock, or the equivalent, as a guilt offering; and the priest shall make atonement on your behalf for the error that you committed unintentionally, and you shall be forgiven. 19It is a guilt offering; you have incurred guilt before the Lord.

Ignorance is no excuse. As soon as you realize it was sin, confess it and deal with it.

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5. Alstahaug_kirke

Matthew 5:23-24 (Contemporary English Version)

So if you are about to place your gift on the altar and remember that someone is angry with you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. Make peace with that person, then come back and offer your gift to God.

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Music:

“Here I Am to Worship — here I am to bow down, here I am to say that You’re my God.”  HERE  is the Oslo Gospel choir.

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6) The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2When any of you sin and commit a trespass against the Lord by deceiving a neighbor in a matter of a deposit or a pledge, or by robbery, or if you have defrauded a neighbor, 3or have found something lost and lied about it—if you swear falsely regarding any of the various things that one may do and sin thereby— 4when you have sinned and realize your guilt, and would restore what you took by robbery or by fraud or the deposit that was committed to you, or the lost thing that you found, 5or anything else about which you have sworn falsely, you shall repay the principal amount and shall add one-fifth to it. You shall pay it to its owner when you realize your guilt. 6And you shall bring to the priest, as your guilt offering to the Lord, a ram without blemish from the flock, or its equivalent, for a guilt offering. 7The priest shall make atonement on your behalf before the Lord, and you shall be forgiven for any of the things that one may do and incur guilt thereby.

Even in the Old Testament, any sin could be atoned for.  Nothing was beyond forgiveness.  And how much more so now, after Christ’s eternally effective sacrifice upon the cross! Don’t believe Satan’s lies, that you are too bad or you have sinned the same sin too many times or God is fed up with you and your sin.  Come with a contrite heart and claim Christ’s blood on your behalf.  God has promised to wash your sins away. 1 John 1:9 says — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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5. therapy
Here is another, more “modern” way of dealing
with guilt from the comedian Anna Russell:

I went to my psychiatrist to be psychoanalyzed
To find out why I killed the cat and blacked my husband’s eyes.
He laid me on a downy couch to see what he could find
And here’s what he dredged up from my subconscious mind.

When I was one my mommy hid my dolly in a trunk
And so it follows naturally that I am always drunk.
And when I was two I saw my father kiss the maid one day
And that is why I suffer now from kleptomaniae.

At three I had the feeling of ambivalence toward my brothers
And so it follows naturally I poison all my lovers.
But I am happy now I’ve learned a lesson this has taught
That everything I do that’s wrong is someone else’s fault.

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The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
man with shadow.  http://ofpuffsandshots.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/guilt.jpg
altar of the Alstahaug kirke in Norway; the arch dates to the Middle Ages.   http://www.ub.uit.no/baser/arkinord/data/media/217/Alstahaug_kirke_04_med.jpg
therapy.  http://ballylara.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/therapy.jpg
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