Remember, these offerings were for the sins of man against man. But because the sin was also against God’s standard, they were also a sin against God. Man could pay back his sin to his fellow man, but there was no way he could pay back God. That is why God’s grace thought of His only Son, Jesus, as the acceptable sacrifice to Him to make the slate clean—justice served and the restitution complete!
This offering was also different because it added another level—the offerer not only had to pay back to his fellow man for his sin, he also had to pay a fifth more in addition to that. God did that too...with Jesus’ sacrifice, sin was not only paid for but we also get to have God dwell within us. We don’t just get to “walk” with Him in fellowship as Adam did; we have the added gift of having Him actually “dwell” within us. We become the walking holy of holies with the presence of God as our guide, our wisdom, our self-discipline, our all in all for every single person, place and thing. Boy, are we without excuse!
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