The Sin of a Common Person
Leviticus 4:27-31 :
“‘If anyone of the common people sins unwittingly, in doing any of the things which Yahweh has commanded not to be done,
and is guilty; if his sin, which he has sinned, is made known to him, then he shall bring for his offering a goat,
a female without defect, for his sin which he has sinned. He shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering,
and kill the sin offering in the place of burnt offering. The priest shall take some of its blood with his finger,
and put it on the horns of the altar of burnt offering; and the rest of its blood he shall pour out at the base of the altar.
All its fat he shall take away, like the fat is taken away from the sacrifice of peace offerings;
and the priest shall burn it on the altar for a pleasant aroma to Yahweh;
and the priest shall make atonement for him, and he will be forgiven.
Finally, we are to the sin offering that was to be offered for the sins of a common man. We have already read about the sacrifices for the sins of priests, nations
and leaders. I wanted to take a look at the value, order and differences that these sacrifices have in scripture.
Notice that the most expensive requirements are when a priest or a nation sins. The priests sacrifice is equal in value to the nation's sacrifice. Notice that the sacrifice for
a king is of less value than that of a nation of people. The Bible says that it is the people in a nation that give a king his power. When a nation full of people do wrong together,
it can be more dangerous than a single king, even though a single king can do incredible damage. I think that we give too much credit to our political leaders sometimes. It is
we, the people, who bear the responsibility to be moral and good. A leader can do great damage, but often he just reflects the morals of the people.
The common man only has to offer a female lamb or goat. The commoner is listed last, but even though he is listed last, the value of the sacrifice is not a great deal less
than that of a king. God takes a common man's sin seriously and the value of the sacrifice for a common man is nearly the same as that of a king. After all, a king would not be
a king without subjects, and a nation would not sin together if each individual decided to obey. It is not a big surprise that God takes every single sin very, very seriously.
God uses the law to express the seriousness of it. As you can see, every sin requires death.