But how do you define guilt? Well, God has an answer to that question, as he said to Moses in Leviticus 6. If you cheat on a business deal, you are guilty. Then you need to make it right with the Lord.
But how do you give a burnt offering? What is the right way to give a grain offering? An Ordination offering? How (exactly) do we give a sin offering? All this is found in today’s chapter.
In Leviticus 7, we are told how God said to Moses to instruct his people on how to give their various offerings.
Of course, we don’t need to know all this, do we…? Wait, maybe there’s something here we are missing. In our culture, we don’t sacrifice animals and cut up the creature, splattering its blood over the altar do we? But we do give financially to charities. And that money could be used to buy food for ourselves. So there is a comparison of sorts.
Mark 3 is still rushing headlong at a breathless pace. We have arrived at a house where there is no food and a huge crush of people. The Pharisees, seeing him driving out demons, accuse Jesus of being evil and possessed by Satan. He replies, (3:26) “If Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand?”
Psalm 37 is a prayer of consolation for those who are worried. And there’s been lots of them lately. (37:7) “… Don’t worry about evil people… Stop being angry! … For the wicked will be destroyed.” Then (37:11) “The lowly will possess the land and will live in peace and prosperity.”
And for once, Proverbs 10 continues the same theme: (10:13) “The Lord will not let the godly go hungry, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.”