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Accountability... Can You Get Along Without It?

Jeremie Webb

Today’s Torah Devotional from Leviticus 4:1 - 26
The Third Book of the Torah, “Vayikra,” “And HE Called.”
This weeks reading is, “Vayikra,” “And HE Called”

Today we continue our reading of GOD’s ordinances concerning acceptable sacrifices unto HIM.

We read today of GOD’s ordinance concerning an inadvertent sin concerning the punishment is to be “cut off” from HIM.

This sin is atonable also through sacrifice wether through on of the people or a priest.

This sacrifice must be an unblemished young bull as the sin offering unto GOD.

As instructed before, the bull would be brought to the opening of the Communion Tent, the hands would be placed upon its head and it would be slaughtered there before GOD.

It’s blood would be brought into the Communion Tent, differently than other sacrifices. This blood would be sprinkled seven times before GOD towards the cloth partition in the sanctuary.

Some of the blood would also be placed upon the incense altar before GOD, the remainder spilled out over the base of the sacrificial altar.

As with other offerings, the fat covering the stomachs, attached to the stomaches, the kidneys their fat along the flanks and the lobe on the liver near the kidneys are to all be removed and burned upon the sacrificial altar.

The complete and total remains of the bull are to be burned outside the camp, where the altars ashes are deposited. Burned upon a wood fire, completely.

If the entire community of Israel commits an inadvertent violation as a result of the truth being hidden from them, they shall incur guilt. This guilt will require a young bull as a sin offering presented before the Communion Tent.

The Community Elders shall press their hands on the bulls head before GOD, slaughter the bull before GOD, the anointed priest shall bring some of the blood into the Communion Tent, sprinkling it with his finger seven times before GOD toward the cloth partition.

He shall then place some of the blood on the horns of the incense altar, then spilling the remaining blood on the base of the sacrificial altar.

Separating all of its fat and burning it on the altar, doing exactly as with the other sin offering, then taking bulls remains outside the camp and burned on the ashes.

If the leader commits a sin inadvertently, he incurs guilt. When he is made aware of the sin, he must bring an unblemished male goat as his sacrifice.

He shall press his hands on the goats head and have it slaughtered as a sin offering in the same place as the burnt offering was slaughtered before GOD.

The priest shall take blood of the sin offering with his finger and place it on the protrusions of the sacrificial altar, pouring the rest of the blood out at the base.

All of the animal’s fat shall be burned on the altar, just like the fat of the peace offerings, making atonement for the leader and he will be forgiven.

These instructions are very detailed giving account for the sacrifices necessary to make atonement for these particular sins.

These sins are referring to the ones committed inadvertently, sins which would normally cause someone to be “cut off” from the people of GOD.

The amazing part of GOD’s grace showing here is even when the people of GOD inadvertently sinned against HIM, there was a means of atonement.

These people had the blessing of accountability between them, they were their brothers keeper.

Once they were made aware of their sin, there was a way of escape. A way of making things right. A way of correcting the situation.

We have this same opportunity today amongst the body of Messiah.

We Are Our Brothers Keeper according to the Word of GOD.

We are to keep each other accountable to the instructions of GOD.

We are never going to be perfect, yet with accountability we can rest assured when we do make mistakes, we have the means to make things right.

Too many times we as believers become judgmental, making ourselves look good by tearing down others. It stands to reason why people don’t want to be involved in what we have to offer.

Why can we not take responsibility for not only ourselves, but each other?

Can we do that in love and not in anger or judgement?

Is it possible for us to act in good judgement with each other without becoming condemning or “judgmental?”

We have an amazing opportunity to grow together if we choose to hold each other up with accountability, not condemnation.

There is great strength in having accountability, none of us get it right all the time.

Why would we not want another believer helping to “watch our backs,” so to say, in our walk with GOD?

What are your thoughts on these scriptures?

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