June 4, 2019

TRESPASS AGAINST ONE ANOTHER

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “If a person sins and commits a trespass against the Lord by lying to his neighbor about what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or about a pledge, or about a robbery, or if he has extorted from his neighbor,  or if he has found what was lost and lies concerning it, and swears falsely—in any one of these things that a man may do in which he sins:  then it shall be, because he has sinned and is guilty, that he shall restore what he has stolen, or the thing which he has extorted, or what was delivered to him for safekeeping, or the lost thing which he found,  or all that about which he has sworn falsely. He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering. And he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord, a ram without blemish from the flock, with your valuation, as a trespass offering, to the priest.  So the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord, and he shall be forgiven for any one of these things that he may have done in which he trespasses.”(Leviticus 6:1-7).

The Bible is indeed a basic instruction for one to fulfill the commands of the Lord or to please the Lord. The scripture above covers the various things we can do to sin against our neighbors and God. For their offering to be acceptable by God, they must first of all restore what they have falsely taken, then add one-fifth of the value to it and then bring their trespass offering to the priest who will make atonement for them before the Lord so that their sins can be forgiven. See the order….RESORATION, OFFERING AND FORGIVENESS. No wonder many sins are hanging even after asking for forgiveness from God because we did not do restitution as we are commanded to do it. It is true that all of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. That is why we need a Savior who can wash us clean from all our trespasses. Psalms 15 says “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?  He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;  In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;  He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.” The person that will be able to stand in the presence of God must be those who treat their neighbors as God ordained it  This is the reason why sinning against our neighbors is sinning against God. Many of us do not know the extent of this treatment on our relationship with God. If we are not loving the neighbors we see, how can we say we love God that we can not see. This is the same principle by which Jesus condemned the Pharisees, Sadducees, and the scribes and all others who wanted to stone him because of His preaching. If they are indeed the children of Abraham or children of God, then they should love him and not try to kill him, He said.

Matthew reiterated this in Chapter 25 when Jesus declared “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (41-46).

Therefore brothers and sisters we need to take our relationships with one another seriously. We cannot afford to be careless and miss the important place (heaven) that we are destined to go to at the end of our sojourn here. Life is too short. Our relationship with each other will be the premise on which God will base our judgment on. May the Lord increase our awareness in this area so that we can be more mindful of what we say or do to one another. The Lord will keep us to the end in Jesus Name, Amen. Be blessed!

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