Is sin important?

English: The Altar of Incense, Altar of Burnt-...

English: The Altar of Incense, Altar of Burnt-Offering, and Laver from the Biblical Tabernacle; illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If someone brings a lamb as their sin offering, they are to bring a female without defect. They are to lay their hand on its head and slaughter it for a sin offering at the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered. Then the priest shall take some of the blood of the sin offering with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering and pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. They shall remove all the fat, just as the fat is removed from the lamb of the fellowship offering, and the priest shall burn it on the altar on top of the food offerings presented to the Lord. In this way the priest will make atonement for them for the sin they have committed, and they will be forgiven. – Leviticus 4:32-35

“Oh, it was just a little white lie.”

“It doesn’t matter if I do this, nobody cares anymore … it’s just about getting along.”

“Everybody does it.”

I’ve heard these statements and I’m sure you have, too.  I see the importance of sin diminishing in our culture.

Has God given less importance to sin as time goes by? God doesn’t change. He made sure there was a way for his people to be forgiven in the Old Testament by the very detailed sacrifices made to the high priest. He has also given us a forever sacrifice in Jesus. He allowed his own son to be tortured and killed on a cross. He hasn’t forgotten the pain of that event, but it was important to God for us to be saved. Remember the sacrifice.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I take the gift of your grace and mercy for granted. I pray that I put more importance on the cost of sin as you have. Praise, Jesus, that the price has been paid. Amen

Faith Tip: Today, consider your thoughts and actions and be aware if there is sin that needs to be cast out.

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