Lev 4:22 “When a leader makes a mistake, doing inadvertently any one of all the things that by the commandments of Yahveh his God ought not to be done, and realises his offence,
Lev 4:23 or the mistake which he has made is made known to him, he will bring as his offering a goat, a perfect male,
Lev 4:24 and will lay his hand on the head of the goat and kill it in the place where they kill the ascending offering in Yahveh’s sight; it is a mistake offering.
Lev 4:25 Then the priest will take some of the blood of the mistake offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of ascending offering and pour out the rest of its blood at the base of the altar of ascending offering.
Lev 4:26 And all its fat he will burn on the altar, like the fat of the sacrifice for healthy relationships. So the priest will provide reconciliation for him for his mistake, and he will be forgiven.
when our leaders fail us
Leaders in the Israelite community gained prominence first in their families and clans. They were appointed to community leadership only after having proved themselves loyal to God, and considerate of those they represented before him. Yet, God knew that even these tried and faithful leaders would be tempted, and would inadvertently make mistakes. He provided a way for leaders to get back on track, so that their failures would not result in the loss of the wisdom that it takes to lead their people prudently and fairly. The LORD is the great shepherd, and he cares for all the sheep, providing for the under-shepherds as well.
LORD, thank you for godly leaders. Help our leaders stay true to you, and to us.