My friend Sarah over at Expecting the Unexpected invited me to guest post last week. Here’s a preview:
After 400 years in captivity, Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and into the wilderness. The intention was for God to reintroduce himself to his chosen people and re-establish covenant with them before ushering them into the Promised Land. Understandably, the Israelites weren’t immediately trusting of the God who seemed to silently allow them to live as Egyptian slaves for four centuries.
As the months continued, God provides for his people’s daily needs. He kept them fed, clothed, healthy, safe from the elements, and established boundaries for them.
Among the 613 laws in the Book of Leviticus for purification from sin are opportunities to repent from unintentional sins. God anticipated his people would require opportunities to renew their relationship with him even when they believed they were without flaw.
Leviticus 4:22-23 says, “‘When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the Lord his God, when he realizes his guiltand the sin he has committed becomes known, he must bring as his offering a male goat without defect.” (NIV)
Leviticus 5:5-6 “when anyone becomes aware that they are guilty in any of these matters, they must confess in what way they have sinned. As a penalty for the sin they have committed, they must bring to the Lord a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; and the priest shall make atonement for them for their sin.” (NIV)
With so many laws to follow and incredibly elaborate sacrifice ceremonies, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that a season of rebellion settled among the Israelite camp. God’s chosen people had been living in the wilderness for over a year without the shackles of slavery commanding their days. They had more uncertainty in their future than they knew how to handle.
Read the rest of my post Expecting the Unexpected and Tearing Down Walls here