There were several offerings in the Old Covenant designed to illustrate God’s holiness and to impart a sense of respect not seen in any other worship practice. The offerings given to idols as well as other pagan worship practices involving idolatry, divination, fortune-telling, horoscopes, and the like, acted as a way to appease, attract favour, or obtain bits of luck, fortune, or forbidden knowledge from the gods. It was not about doing right, it was about getting things to go your way. God wanted His people to learn and understand that He was different than the other so-called gods being worshipped around them. Sin cannot stand in His presence, whether it was intentional or not. Leviticus 4 speaks about sin offering. According to God, there were sins which could be committed unknowingly, presumably
because of our hardened hearts. The Bible refers to this sin offering as “unintentional sin”. God was communicating His holiness through commandments and offerings in the law.
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