February 28

Today’s Reading: Numbers 5, 6, 15, 19

Highlights – The next two days we read some laws found in the book of Numbers.  Much of this is more regulation concerning sacrifices.  There is also a test that a jealous husband would use to determine if his wife was unfaithful, regulations concerning the vow of the Nazarite, and the making of a water of purification using the ashes of a heifer.

15:22-31 shows that God looks at unintentional and intentional sins  differently. Things done unintentionally, or inadvertently were still wrong – but God prescribed sacrifices to make atonement for the transgressors. The man who sins intentionally or presumptuously was to be “cut off from among his people”.   What are some of the reasons God gives for the severe judgment (see especially verse 30, 31).  A test case follows immediately beginning in verse 32.



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3 Responses to February 28

  1. Sandy Steinman

    God makes it clear that He will not tolerate presumptuous sin. Presumptuous sin indicates a flagrant disregard against God and the nation of Israel as a whole.
    . This is in stark contrast to modern culture with all its political correctness where notorious, flagrant sinners are rewarded and treated like heroes. Instead of his guilt shall be upon him, our society puts guilt on anyone who judges or condemns such depraved individuals by calling what they do evil. A perfect example of that is the attacks on the Preacher at First Baptist in Dallas who has been attacked for preaching that homosexual sex was a sin.

  2. Mary K

    I am glad I read a commentary on the jealous husband test, because I was just a little outraged that a man could put his wife through this indignity because he was suspicious for no reason. The commentator wrote that it was actually to protect the woman from unjust accusations that this test was used, otherwise she could have suffered, not because of her guilt, but because of her husband’s jealousy. The commentary did not mention why there was no jealous wife test.

  3. jamesh59

    I wish there was more specific information on how to define a presumptuous, intentional sin, as opposed to an unintentional sin. There is a tendency to view our own sins as unintentional, and say “to err his human” and deny our responsibility to have done better.

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