Lev 5:11 “But if he cannot afford two turtledoves or two pigeons, then he will bring as his offering for the mistake that he has made a tenth of an ephah of fine flour for a mistake offering. He will put no oil on it and will put no frankincense on it, because it is a mistake offering.
Lev 5:12 And he will bring it to the priest, and the priest will take a handful of it as its reminiscence and burn this on the altar, on Yahveh’s fire offerings; it is a mistake offering.
Lev 5:13 Thus the priest will provide reconciliation for him for the mistake which he has made in any one of these things, and he will be forgiven. And the remainder will be for the priest, as in the tribute offering.”
the same forgiveness
The most meager of the mistake offerings is similar to the tribute offering. It is the barest of essentials for an offering, and is reserved for the poorest of the poor. It is a reminder that God’s standards of morality and faithfulness to the covenant are the same for everyone, yet he does know our situation. He is aware of our need, as well as our weaknesses. He offers the same forgiveness for the repentant heart, no matter how it is expressed, because he looks not on the outside — on the herd or flock, or on the bank account. He looks at the heart, and gives grace reflecting the giver, not the gift.
LORD, thank you for loving us enough to look past our weakness, and respond to our repentance.