Leviticus 5:14-6:7. Unashamed

In Melbourne our brand of individualism limits the sacred to the personal and divides the personal from the public sphere. In Leviticus what is sacred, what is personal and what is public are united. We learn that God is not only concerned with how we can live with him but also how we can live with each other and ourselves as individuals. [Audio | Notes]

Michael Flynn


Leviticus 5:14-6:17

For further thought

Please watch the video overview of Leviticus produced by The Bible Project team at: jointhebibleproject.com

Q: What does the video say is the main purpose of Leviticus? 

Q: How does Leviticus achieve its purpose? 

As we look into the details of the purification or guilt offering we find that God is not only concerned with how we can live with Him but also with how we can live with each other as well as ourselves. There are two classes of wrongs the guilt offering addresses: unintentional wrongs done in our life with God (5:14-19) and intentional wrongs done to our neighbours (6:1-7) and God (6:3, 5, 6, 7). In our public discourse we divide life into sacred (chiefly personal) and secular (public). 

Q: Why doesn’t Leviticus have a similar division? 

Q: How does Leviticus divide aspects of human life? 

Jesus, in Matthew 5:23-24, picks up the priorities of the guilt offering that we should redress the wrongs we do to human beings before we address the wrongs we have done to God. (6.4-7). 

Q: Why does Jesus command his followers to follow this pattern from Leviticus? 

Q: In your experience what are the risks and effects of admitting to wrong and attempting to make restitution? 

Q:What are the risks and effects of denial? 

There are two types of guilt our passage from Leviticus mentions; the objective wrongs we do to others and the subjective wrongs that we do to ourselves when we wrong others (either intentionally or unintentionally). The New Testament describes how the purification/guilt offering is used to address both types of guilt. First by quoting Isaiah 53.4-7 and applying the prophecy about God’s suffering servant to Jesus (eg. Mt 8.17, 27.12-14, Jn 1.10-11, 12.38, Acts 8.34, Rom 10.16, 1 Peter 2.24,25, ). 

Q: Thinking of the purification offering pattern of repentance, restitution and sacrifice, how does the suffering of Christ heal both our objective and subjective guilt? 

In Romans 3:25,26 Paul talks about the (guilt) offering God brings to demonstrate that he was just to let the wrongs, intended and unintended, done throughout history go unpunished. 

Q: How is Christ a purification or guilt offering? 

Q: How does that offering deal with the accusation that the Holy God is unjust to allow unholy people to live with him? 

Q: How does the offering of Christ motivate us to take practical steps to deal with our objective and subjective shame?

Talk outline

A video overview of Leviticus – jointhebibleproject.com

How do we live with a Holy God?

How do we live with ourselves?