devotional post # 2313
Num 15:22 “But if you inadvertently make a mistake, and do not observe all these commands that Yahveh has spoken to Moses,
Num 15:23 all that Yahveh has commanded you by Moses, from the day that Yahveh gave a command, and onward throughout your generations,
Num 15:24 then if it was done inadvertently without the knowledge of the congregation, all the congregation will offer one bull from the herd for an ascending offering, a soothing aroma to Yahveh, with its tribute offering and its drink offering, according to the rule, and one male goat for a mistake offering.
Num 15:25 And the priest will provide reconciliation for all the congregation of the people of Israel, and they will be forgiven, because it was a mistake, and they have brought their offering, a fire offering to Yahveh, and their mistake offering in the sight of Yahveh for their mistake.
Num 15:26 And all the congregation of the people of Israel will be forgiven, and the foreign guest who lives temporarily among them, because the whole population was involved in the mistake.
Num 15:27 “If one soul inadvertently sins, he will offer a female goat a year old for a mistake offering.
Num 15:28 And the priest will provide reconciliation in the sight of Yahveh for the soul who makes a mistake, when he sins inadvertently, to provide reconciliation for him, and he will be forgiven.
Num 15:29 You will have one law for him who does anything inadvertently, for him who is native among the people of Israel and for the foreign guest who lives temporarily among them.
Num 15:30 But the soul who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native or a foreign guest, reviles Yahveh, and that soul will be eliminated from among his people.
Num 15:31 Because he has despised the word of Yahveh and has broken his command, that soul will be utterly eliminated; his violation will be on him.”
God of grace and mercy
Every one of the sacrifice regulations in the Mosaic law is a theological statement. Those listed in verses 13-21 speak of God as a God of grace. He will continue to bless, and the offerings prescribed are a way to respond to that grace. The regulations prescribed in verses 22-31 are a way to respond to God’s mercy. The LORD gives his people a way to be forgiven if they make a mistake as a people, or if an individual does.
But there are limits to God’s mercy. A person who willfully, defiantly rebels still bears the penalty for that rebellion.
LORD, thank you for being a God of mercy. We throw ourselves upon your mercy. We do not deserve your forgiveness, but we desperately need it.