It is important to recognize that there is not a way to side step sin and its consequence. When a person sins, that person is accountable to the Living God to seek forgiveness in the manner that He commanded in His Word. One is not at the liberty to pursue one's own method of atonement. One does not have the freedom to perform arbitrary works in order to try and cancel out one's transgressions against the Living God. The Bible explains that the wages of sin is death. When sin is committed, someone needs to die. One must either die to self through faith in the atoning death of Jesus, and there is no other way to account for one's sin.
In Leviticus 6:1-7 the Bible explains that while restitution is important in the eyes of God, it does not account for one's atonement concerning sin. In Leviticus 6:1-7 the Bible explains the laws concerning the protocol for when a person transgresses another person by stealing and lying about stealing. The scriptures explain that if a person is found receiving an increase in a dishonest way at the expense of another person, there is a set of procedures that needs to be followed if the person wants to be forgiven by God. First, the scriptures teach that the person who stole must restore that which was stolen. Previous scriptures stated that God demands full restitution. If the person is unable to provide the exact item that was taken, God demands that the person be compensated for the exact value of the item taken. The Lord is all about fairness and so God wanted to ensure that if a person experienced loss due to dishonesty, then that person should be restored to the appropriate amount.
It is important to recognize that the scriptures do not stop there. The Law demanded that a person pay full restitution for things taken, but also that a person give a sacrifice as well. Leviticus 6:1-7 is clear to show that God demanded a trespass offering from the offender. This means that the person who stole was required to take an unblemished ram to the priest as well as 1/5 above the tabernacle shekel amount, and provide those two things as an offering. Even though the person had provided restitution and restored the person, the thief was then required to give additionally in the form of a trespass offering.
This point in the Law shows that, while a person might be restored through restitution, one is still guilty of sin. Sin must be addressed in a whole different way. The works that a person does to improve or restore the position of another person does not affect one's position with God concerning sin. In other words, one cannot cancel out one's sin with God by doing works to help other people. While it is good to help others, to restore others, and to make things right with others, one's offense to a person is different than one's offense to the Living God. The scriptures show that when one offends another person, one has also offended the Living God who created that person. Thus, one must seek to receive the approval of the person through restitution, and also seek the approval of God through the trespass offering.
This is an important lesson to consider. Many feel that one's treatment of other people is equal to one's treatment of God. This is true in some ways, but it is not true in other ways. God does consider it good when people treat others kindly and fairly. However, that does not dismiss one's sin. No matter what a person does within their relationships with other people, Leviticus 6:1-7 clearly shows that one's relationship with God requires work; and that work is predicated on the issue of forgiveness of sins through sacrifice. During the time of the Law, God's people were required to give the trespass offering. In modern times, one is not required to shed the blood of animals anymore. Nevertheless, as previously mentioned, death is still required.
One must die to self and seek the Lord's forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. One must deny one's self and confess one's inadequacy to please the Living God by one's own efforts or restoration and trust in the atoning death of Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah as being the only sufficient sacrifice that the Father will accept. One must trust that Jesus is God in flesh and that His one-time death on behalf of all is sufficient to forgive all sin. No matter how one seeks to make things right with others, one must always consider that sin separates all people from God, thereby putting all people in need of a Savior whose ability to save extends father than the people who transgress God daily. The scriptures show that God is fair as well as gracious. God is fair in that He demands those who have been wronged to be restored by those who wronged them. God is gracious in that He provided a way for His people to be forgiven of sin in spite of the fact that all people lack such ability on their own.
Holiness is a term that references something that is set apart, especially for a sacred purpose. The Bible explains that God is holy, which means that He is separate. The Bible teaches that God is separate from sin, the world, the ways of the flesh, darkness, evil, and death. God does not resemble the nature of things that are classified in these ways. He does not possess any similarities to these things and is not comparable to these things in any way. Thus, it is important that one acknowledge the holiness of the Living God and treat Him as different and separate from all other things. One cannot treat God as one would treat some other person or worldly circumstance lest one be guilty of sin and require forgiveness.
In Leviticus 5:14-19 the Bible explains the issues that constitute a "trespass offering." The Bible explains that there was a special kind of offering and sacrifice that was called a "trespass offering," and it required a unique set of procedures in order to be effective. The scriptures explain that a trespass offering was supposed to be offered with a person would unintentionally sin concerning "the holy things of the Lord." This means that there were certain things - mostly in the tabernacle - that God considered "holy." God commanded Moses to build and fashion certain instruments, tools, and vessels that were to be used for specific purposes related to the sacrifices and worship of the people. God commanded Moses to build the tabernacle certain ways so that its construction and layout was intended for holy use concerning sacrifices and worship. The tabernacle, its instruments and furnishings, the priests, and even their clothing, was all considered "holy" as unto the Lord. Since all of those things were created for the specific purpose of atoning sacrifices to deal with the sins of the people, and the worship of the Living God, the Lord wanted to ensure that all of those things maintained their holy integrity.
The Bible teaches that God assigns special purpose for His vessels, which included the structure He commanded to be built, the items in the structure, the activity in the structure, and the people in it. Thus, any time the structure, the vessels, the activity, or the people were used in ways that God did not previously determine, one was guilty of a "trespass" according to God's commands, and required to give a certain kind of sacrifice. The sacrifice consisted of a ram without blemish, and had to be equal to the shekel of the sanctuary in silver, plus one fifth the amount on top. The value of the trespass offering was seen to be fairly expensive, which shows that one's use of God's holy things in a "common" way was a serious matter in the eyes of the Lord.
The scriptures explain that anyone who committed a trespass by using holy things in common ways was responsible for giving a trespass offering, whether their trespass was accidental or not. No matter why the trespass was committed, the scripture are clear to show that atonement was necessary. Anyone that used a holy thing in a common way was considered guilty of sinning against the Lord and was in need of forgiveness. Seeing the seriousness of God's commands, and His perspective regarding a "trespass," one must conclude that God is stern about that which He considers "holy." God does not want that which He considers to be "holy" as used in ways different than He intends. A place, thing, or person is considered to be "holy" based on God's instruction for that place, thing, or person. If God appoints a special purpose to a certain place, thing, or person according to His Word, then that place, thing, or person is considered "holy" and God does not want it used for "common" things.
It is important to consider the definition of "commonality" to define a "trespass" according to scripture. Since God is holy, He is the standard for holiness. Since God is without sin, darkness, unrighteousness, and does not resemble these things or the death that results from these things, He is holy. Thus, "commonality" can be defined as anything that exists in a condition that is opposite the condition of the Lord. Something used for "common use" would be considered something that is used according to the flesh, to meet worldly standards or purposes, something that is rooted in or results in sin, something that resembles the ways of darkness and unrighteousness, and something that leads to death. Anything that is done in a way that opposes the nature of the Living God and His commands would be considered "common use." Hence, one that uses a place, thing, or person in ways that are against God's nature and will as communicated by His Word is one that is guilty of sin in trespassing the Lord.
One must consider the full commands of the Lord throughout all of scripture. The Bible commanded His people to be holy because He is holy. God desires that His people reflect His own nature. God explained in the New Testament that His people should endure His work of sanctification in order that His people would be transformed and conformed into the image of His Son. God called His people a holy people in the New Testament, and taught that the bodies of His people should be used as vessels of righteousness being temples for His Spirit to dwell in. In other words, the Bible teaches that God set His people apart for a sacred purpose that He expects His people to fulfill, leveraging His Spirit to be able to do so. God determined a special purpose for His people like the Levitical priests, to facilitate worship of the Living God and resemble the standard of God's own righteousness and holiness, thereby acting as "salt" and "light" for a dark and decaying world. Therefore, when one acts outside of this purpose, one is guilty of sin, and in need of forgiveness according to the righteous standards of the Living God.
This reality just goes to show the incredible need for a Savior that the people of God should always consider. Knowing that the blood of bulls, goats, and rams does not suffice to remove one's sin, one must rely one the sacrifice of another to be forgiven. Understanding the extent of one's shortcomings concerning the expectations of God for His people, one must realize the need to continually rely on Jesus, being daily dependent on His sacrifice, and daily thankful for His sufficiency on one's behalf. One must realize that one cannot meet the perfect and reasonable expectations of the Living God, knowing that one will daily sin against God and require forgiveness on a regular basis. Since one is expected to be holy, but dwells in a world and body that is defined as dark, and possesses a nature that is rooted in sin, one must remember that one is always in need of forgiveness. Equally as important, one must remember that the Living God is always prepared to forgive when one leverages the perfect sacrifice of Jesus as the Son of God and Messiah in faith, rather than rely on one's own efforts in vain. If the scriptures are candid to show that all of God's people are guilty of trespassing against God, using that which God intended for holy use in common ways, one must recognize one's daily need for a Savior, and thank the Lord that He has already provided One - the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ!
The Bible teaches that God is fair and just. The scriptures explain that God is righteous and is perfect in His judgments. It is also important to recognize that God is reasonable as well. God is righteous and holy but not to the point where salvation becomes impossible and unattainable for those who desire it. God's commands are impossible for one to keep based on the merits of one's own flawed abilities, but God is reasonable that He provides all of the tools and resources necessary to do the things that He commands. God commanded His people to be holy as He is holy. While this might sound like an impossible task, one must always remember that God is reasonable so that He demonstrated great grace to give His people everything necessary to demonstrate holiness. Thus, because God is reasonable, the people of God are without excuse concerning the commands and expectations of the Lord.
In Leviticus 5:7-13 the Bible describes the various forms of sacrifice that God would accept for transgressors of the Law. The Law explained that those who were unwilling to proclaim truth as witnesses in court cases, those who touched unclean things, and those who spoke thoughtlessly breaking oaths against the Lord were guilty as sinners. Thus, those who offended the Law in these ways were required to give sin offerings with an unblemished lamb. The scriptures were clear to explain that the Lord was willing to forgive His people for breaking His laws and commands, but that His people would have to exercise obedience through sacrifice in order to be forgiven.
God's law concerning these specific transgressions provides a problem. If a person were to commit any one of those sins listed above, one would be required to provide an unblemished lamb for atonement. The problem is that in economic terms, this is an expensive price to pay. Many of the children of Israel would have been unable to provide a sacrifice such as this simply because they wouldn't have been able to afford it. This simple economic matter would have disqualified many Israelites from the opportunity to receive forgiveness, which would not have matched God's perfectly righteous and just nature.
God is reasonable. God understood these economic dynamics. God understood that the system He designed might have seemed as if only the rich could be forgiven. This is untrue, and so God explained how forgiveness would to be offered to all. Leviticus 5:7-13 explains that God allowed two other types of sacrifices for transgressors of the Law. The Bible is clear to state that, those who could not afford a lamb to give as a sin offering would have been able to give two turtle doves instead, which would have been much cheaper. For those who were financially unable to give as the Law commanded, God would accept the sacrifice of two turtledoves as equal to the sacrifice of one lamb. The scriptures explain that one of the birds was to have its head removed, its blood drained and poured at the altar and then burnt as a sin offering, while the other was to be given as a straight up burnt offering. God would consider that sacrifice as equal to the lamb thereby facilitating forgiveness to those who were financially limited.
God was so gracious with the Law that He even provided another opportunity for forgiveness for those who could not afford two turtledoves. God is so reasonable that Leviticus 5:7-13 explains that God was willing to accept one tenth of an ephah of fine flour as atonement for those who transgressed the Law. The flour was to be taken to the priest at which point he would take a handful of the flour and burn it up in place of an animal. God would consider the handful of flour as sufficient for the sacrifice to forgive the sins of the poorer transgressors. Thus, the Law shows that God was willing to offer forgiveness of sins to anyone, no matter their capability to give.
The scriptures show that God was not concerned with the value of the sacrifice so much as He was concerned about the heart condition of the people when it came to forgiveness of sins. The scriptures show that God considered a lamb, two turtledoves, and a handful of flour as equal in value when dealing with sin offerings to forgive the people. The reason God was willing to consider each of those things as equal is because each of those things was equally valuable in respect to the person that was giving. For example, a dollar is worth far more than a dollar to one that possesses nothing compared to one that is rich. In Mark chapter 12 Jesus pointed to a woman that gave two "mites," which was an amount that was considered almost nothing at the time. However, Jesus explained that the woman's gift to the temple was more in value than the cumulative amount of money that all had given that day. Though the woman had given so little in terms of dollar amount, it was all that she had and so God considered it worth so much more. The woman's heart was such that she was willing to give all that she had, regardless of how much that was.
God is reasonable in that He is willing to accept any sacrifice that is given from the heart in this way. He's not interested in the amount that one has to give. He is interested in the heart condition of the giver. God wants the sacrifice to be meaningful, not destructive. God wants the sacrifice to be a demonstration of faith not an act of brutality. God wants to forgive the sins of His people and simply wants a demonstration from His people that they desire to be forgiven, recognizing that forgiveness has a cost. The Lord simply wants to see the humble acknowledgement of His people that forgiveness has a cost and that God's people desire forgiveness from God enough that they're willing to give of themselves to be forgiven in the ways that God determines.
Knowing this, one can look at the way forgiveness is offered today and see the extent of God's grace through His reasonable nature. God no longer requires one to give of one's economic stock to be forgiven anymore. Yet sacrifice is still required. One is not commanded to give from one's possessions to be forgiven today. Yet one is required to give up one's most prized and valuable possession - one's self. One must be willing to put one's own will and purposes on the altar of sacrifice in response to one's understanding of the sacrifice that the Father first offered through His Son upon the cross. One is not expected to slay an animal, but instead to slay one's fleshly desires in repentance, and simply turn from sin in order to pick up one's cross and follow Christ. Knowing how difficult this is, God is reasonable that He promised to give His Spirit to equip His people for this difficult task when His people express the desire to be forgiven according to God's Word in faith. Thus, mankind is left without excuse. Forgiveness of sins is made possible by a capable and reasonable God to all those who simply have the desire to receive it.
The Bible is candid to reveal that all people possess a sinful nature that is contrary to the will of God putting all people at odds with God instead of at peace with Him. Thankfully the Bible also provides the solution that God offers to this deadly problem. Thus, the presentation of the Bible is simple: God is holy, righteous, and just while people are not; and as such, God will judge sin including sinners that are identified by those who reject His offer of grace in salvation through Jesus Christ. The Bible is predicated on defining how God is holy, righteous and just, and proving how Jesus as the Savior is God in flesh, making the two one in the same, thereby qualifying Jesus to be sufficient as a Savior. Equally as important, the Bible also describes the sinful nature of people and the patters of God's responses to those people. Therefore, one's response to the Bible should be simple: acknowledge the truth about God, and acknowledge the truth about one's nature that conflict with God, and receive the offer of life that God provides.
The challenge for some comes when people try to justify this position as sinners. There are many who don't feel that they are sinners, or don't feel as if their sin is enough to warrant God's judgment. Both of these positions are Biblically incorrect. Thankfully the Bible is helpful to describe the character of God so that one can understand the true nature of what is right, holy, and just. God defined His nature and righteous character through the Law so that one can examine the contents of the Law to see what sin really is based on one's understanding of God's expectations concerning the conduct of His people. For example, in Leviticus 5:1-6 the Bible explains several facets of life that would define a person as "unclean," which would assume guilt upon a person and require one to confess such sin and perform sacrifices. While these types of things might not be considered as sin on a daily basis as equal to things like murder and adultery, the scriptures are clear to show that God holds these things in the same regard since they are in opposition to His nature.
Leviticus 5:1-6 begins by addressing legal matters. The law that God commanded stated that a person who is unwilling to testify in a court setting or dispute in order to serve as a witness that can provide matters of truth is considered a guilty person. One must understand the full context of scripture to understand God's reasoning for this command. The Bible explains that Jesus and the Father are One (John 17:22). The Bible explains that Jesus is the essence of "the truth" (John 14:6). Therefore, since Jesus is the essence of truth, and is One with the Father, then the Father is the essence of truth, simply in a different form, which scripture defines as "Spirit" (John 4:24). One must examine the work that God did to reveal Himself as "truth." Since the Father first existed as "Spirit" and could not be seen by His people, the scriptures reveal that there was disconnect in the relationship and communication between God and His people. Therefore, God took the form of flesh and revealed Himself as the "Son of God," referring to Jesus' position as the "Heir" of God, in order to reveal His nature as truth. God endured the conditions of this world, including the face-to-face rejection of His people in order to provide a tangible and observable example of His nature as truth. This tremendous miraculous work shows that God is incredibly dedicated to the revelation of truth. God is committed to the revelation of Himself as truth. Thus, when one desires that they do not want to step forward as a witness of any truth of any kind, one is acting outside of the nature of the Living God, and is thus qualified as a sinner.
The laws stated in Leviticus 5:1-6 also explain that if a person touches an "unclean thing," that person also becomes "unclean." The scriptures identify that an "unclean thing" consists of things such as the carcass of an unclean animal, the carcass of unclean livestock, or the carcass of an insect or bug. The scriptures also identify an "unclean thing" as any human "uncleanness" as well. These things described as "unclean" can categorically be described as things dealing with death, diseases, or abnormalities. When considering things that are dead, diseased, or abnormal, one must consider that these things describe conditions that are contrary to the original plan and condition that God created. God provided life and saw that the condition of life that He created was "good." The Bible teaches that before sin there was not death, there were no diseases, and there were no abnormalities. Hence, and "unclean thing" can be considered any thing that exists in a nature contrary to God's original design.
The scriptures explain that one is also considered "unclean" simply when one touches or comes in contact with something that God deems as "unclean," whether such contact was accidental or intentional. Thus, one does not have to be directly "unclean" in order to be considered "unclean" in the eyes of the living God. One's contact, association, or relationship with something that God determines as "unclean" is enough for one to be considered "unclean" themselves. The reason this is so is because one that comes in contact with the "unclean" is one that resembles a nature contrary to the Lord, which scripture defines as "holy." The holiness of God is defined by His inability to be associated with that which is contrary to His nature. The Bible teaches that in the beginning darkness dwelt on the face of the deep, which was the earth. God was separate from that darkness as the Spirit of God hovered "over" the face of the deep and not in the midst of it. When God revealed His Son as "light" on the first day, He revealed a tangible and observable form of Himself that was in opposition to the darkness that defined the essence of the world. The Bible teaches that God separated the light from the dark and that when Jesus came into the world, darkness could not overcome Jesus as "the Light of the world (John 1:5)."
God is completely separate from darkness and sin. There is no resemblance of sin of any kind in God. There is no resemblance of wrong or corruption or death in God in any sort of way. Though Jesus came into the world as God in flesh, the scriptures state that He was tempted in all ways as all people are tempted, yet did not sin - not even once! Thus, proof was provided that God and sin cannot mix and do not mix. People on the other hand are different so that if a person comes in contact with an "unclean thing," a person is also determined to be "unclean" because they are in a condition that is contrary to God's holy nature. Thus, one's exposure to any unclean thing would then define any and all people as equally "unclean" in the eyes of the Living God.
Lastly, Leviticus 5:1-6 states that if a person speaks in the heat of emotion in either a good way or a bad way, without considering the full depth and extent of their words, that person is considered to have taken an oath and swore upon the Lord regarding those things that were said. Thus, if those things that were spoken in heat of emotion, whether good or bad, do not come to pass, that person is guilty of breaking an oath to the Lord and would be considered a sinner. The Bible teaches that God's Word is truth, such to the extent that the way a false prophet is determined to be a false prophet is by examining the claims of the person and judging whether their words came to pass or not. If the person's words do not come to pass, that person is deemed a false prophet and was to be killed immediately. The reason why is because God assured the people that His Word ALWAYS comes to pass, so that one speaking in His name words that do not come to pass is a liar. In the King James Version of the Bible, the phrase "It shall come to pass" is stated 131 times, mostly in the Old Testament, which should assure the people of God that His Word will always come to pass!
God does not speak words out of the heat of emotion without restraint. God is not overran by passion that is unchecked by truth and integrity. God speaks the things that He means and only those things. God's Word is perfect and true and as the scriptures testify, and history verifies, God's Word is always fulfilled. Thus, one that speaks without thinking, and those things spoken do not come to pass, is one that is acting in a nature that is contrary to the Living God. Since that person is contrary to the Living God, that person is guilty of sin and in need of forgiveness.
As the scriptures show, there are a lot of ways to sin outside of the 10 commandments. One can see why the scriptures state that none are righteous, no not one (Romans 3:10). All have misrepresented truth. All have been exposed to unclean things and thus considered unclean. All have said things in the heat of emotion, whether good or bad, and not followed through on those things. In other words, all have proven that all are contrary to the holy, righteous, and just nature of the Living God. As such, all are in need of a Savior.
Thankfully, though the Law defines all as sinners, Leviticus 5:1-6 also provides the solutions to those that would admit such a truth. The Bible explains that when a person is willing to recognize one's guilt in any of these matters, one must confess that sin. One must admit that one is wrong and contrary to God. One must accept one's sinful nature as true according to God's Word, and admit to the Lord that one is unable to be as God is and meet His expectations on the basis of one's own merits and abilities. Upon confessing one's sin, the Law called for the offender to provide a sin offering. That was the ways things had to be done before Jesus. However, since the scriptures identify that the sin offering was simply a prophetic picture of the ultimate atonement that the Father offers through His Son, one must seek Jesus, trusting that His claim as the Son of God is true, thereby making His sacrifice sufficient to cover all sin, thereby identifying Jesus as one's Savior from the judgment one should face as a sinner. The scriptures show that all sin, but they also teach that when one is willing to admit to this truth, confess this truth, and demonstrate repentance by turning to Jesus by the Word of God in faith, God is willing to forgive all sin, as evidenced by His work to transform His people into the image of His Son, contrary to the image of one's sinful self. Praise God!
It has been well documented in scripture that the Lord does not tolerate sin. He is patient with sinners, but He is contrary to sin. The Bible explains that sin is equal to darkness, and God is contrary to darkness as light. The Bible teaches that God separated the light from the darkness to ensure that all knew that He is distinctly different and opposing to darkness. The Bible teaches that there is no darkness of any kind in the Lord. This means that God is as pure as pure can be and is the only existing example of self-existing perfection! At the same time, God desires to be with His people that have sin. Thus, the Bible explains the work and processes that God executed to teach, first, that His people are sinful by nature and unable to please Him in that condition, and second, that the manner in which sin will ultimately be dealt with is His responsibility.
In Leviticus 4:1-35 the Bible explains God's commands for sin offerings. The sins of the children of Israel had been clearly displayed for all to see, so the sinful nature of the people was verified. Thus, God gave Moses the instructions for the people to participate in "sin offerings" in order that the sins of the people could be dealt with. Upon the sins of the people being dealt with, the people would be able to do things pleasing to the Lord and enjoy the benefits of His works by the fulfillment of His promises.
The commandments for the sin offerings explained that there were different protocols for different people. This means that, while all people sin, God holds some people in certain positions more accountable than others. Leviticus 4:1-35 explains that the sins of the priests were to be covered through the sacrifice of a bull; the sins of the total congregation of Israel was also to be covered through the sacrifice of a bull; the sins of an official or ruler (someone of higher position that wasn't a priest) was supposed to have their sins covered by a goat, and a common person could have their sins covered through the sacrifice of a goat or a sheep.
This shows that God considered the sins of the priests - God's appointed representatives to facilitate worship and obedience of the people - were equal to the sins of all of the children of Israel. The priests were held to the highest level of accountability, which means that they had to work extra hard to refrain from sin in order to do their jobs correctly as Godly and righteous examples for the people. It is also important to recognize that no one was excused from sacrificing for their sins. While some were held to a higher standard, all of the people were expected to perform the sin offering sacrifices to have their sins forgiven - even the common people. This means that, no matter the title or lack thereof, sin is an issue that needs to be dealt with.
Leviticus 4:1-35 explains that the sacrifices had to be conducted in very specific ways. When a sin offering was being committed, the animal had to be brought before the tabernacle of meeting. The person who was giving the offering was supposed to lay his hand upon the head of the animal, then slaughter it. Upon slaughtering the animal, the priests were to take the animal and butcher it to remove its fat and digestive system. The fat of the animal and the digestive parts were to be burned in the altar like a peace offering. The high priest was also supposed to take some of the blood of the animal and sprinkle it on the horns of the incense altar and pour the rest at the base of the bronze altar.
It was at this point that the sin offering differed from the other offerings. The scriptures explain that God commanded the priests to take the rest of the animal - the limbs, the head, its hide, and the flesh - and remove it from the camp. God previously commanded that the children of Israel should have a place located far outside of the camp to dispose of the ashes of their sacrifices. The priests were to take the carcass of the sin offering to that place and burn it up outside of the camp. This is an important part of the offering! There is a huge lesson that one must learn in this part of the instructions. The consumption of the fat shows that God was willing purge the sins of Israel. However, the removal of the rest of the animal outside of the camp shows that God desired the people to be active participants in the fight against sin. God wanted the remainder of the animal burned outside of the camp to show that God did not want sin in the camp.
The extra work that needed to be done in the sin offering is reflective of the faith and service that God's people should have throughout the process of sanctification. The people's obedience to remove the remainder of the sin offering from the camp was supposed to be a demonstration of faith - that God's commands were good and right. The effort required to exemplify faithful obedience was intended to show that, while God ultimately destroys the sin, His people have to take strides to be separate from sin. The people of God have to be aware of sin and its affects and then make conscious efforts to separate one's self from sin. One cannot be surrounded by the sin in the world and expect to be unaffected or uninfluenced by it without a conscious effort to deny the various temptations that enter into one's life. The commands of the sin offering show that God will purge sin, but God's people need to provide effort to ensure sin does not come back into the camp, and when it does, seek the Lord to have it purged and remove it again.
While the sin offering provided a way for the children of Israel to have their sins forgiven, the commandments of the sin offering demonstrate a weakness in the Law that God intentionally wanted to show. Leviticus 4:1-35 shows that God was willing to forgive the sins of the people when they were committed, but sin is committed every day! The commandments of the sin offering show that the people were going to be sacrificing a lot of animals! The Bible explains that God wanted the people to practice sin offerings every time there were accidental slips and one recognized one's mistakes. This could be a daily thing! This means that there were a lot of dead bulls, goats, and sheep on behalf of the sins of the people. This means that, while an animal was killed and God forgave that sin, the blood of the slaughtered animal was not sufficient to please God nor change the condition of the sinner since sacrifices had to continue to happen. This means that, no matter how many animals were sacrificed, the blood of those animals was not equal in value to pay the amount of debt that the people were accumulating in sin. Thus, sin still had a balance to be paid.
The scriptures testify that God was willing to forgive the sins of the people who demonstrated their faith in obedience to the sin offering commands. Yet sacrifices had to continue on showing that the efforts of the people to atone for their own sins were insufficient to please God. If God's people were still under the regiments of the sacrificial system to be atoned of sins, there would not be enough animals considering all of God's people. This would present some major problems. It is for this reason that God gave the commands that He did. God intended to show the people through these commandments that the efforts of mankind are weak and unable to satisfy God's requirements regarding sin and purity. In other words, no person can do enough to save themselves. There will always be a balance that one is unable to cover in terms of the debt that sin causes, and God requires a zero balance to dwell with Him. This is why He promised to pay the debt, and this is why He became flesh in order to do so.
The Bible explains that God took the form of flesh in order to offer Himself as a sacrifice. Jesus came into the world as God in flesh in order to satisfy the debt that sin accumulates. The death of Jesus was considered far greater in value than all animals that could ever be sacrificed because as God in flesh, Jesus' blood was infinitely valuable! Jesus was crucified outside of the camp as a sin offering on behalf of the people so that those who would allow Him to be one's sin offering through faith, could receive forgiveness of sins. Thus, one is not expected to perform any works in order to be forgiven since the Law proved that there are no works a person can do to please God.
Instead, one can look at the commands of the sin offering and see that one simply needs to trust in and accept the purging work that God did in Jesus and consider it sufficient for all sin, then be responsible to ensure sin remains outside of the camp. One must acknowledge that the work of Jesus on the cross was equal to the burning and purging of sin as the fat on the altar of a sin offering. Yet one must be responsible and accountable to ensure that one does not make the Lord's work something done in vain by inviting, accepting, or tolerating sin in the camp of one's life. Since God gave His life through His Son on account of sin to demonstrate His affection for His people and His intolerance to sin, one should be thankful for God's affection and equally intolerant to sin in the camp. Yet, as one continues to live as a sinner and make mistakes, one is not required to perform works to be "additionally saved." Rather, one must simply remember the sacrifice of Jesus, confess one's sin and continued inadequacy, and seek to correct such mistakes by living according to the model of the Savior Jesus Christ. One must continue to make strides to deny the lusts of one's flesh that are contrary to God, continue to separate one's self from the vanity of the world, and continue to draw near to God through obedience to His Word as a demonstration of one's faith that He alone is right and good as was demonstrated through His Son, Jesus Christ. Then, as the sin offering revealed, one must acknowledge that ALL are in need of Jesus since all were required to commit sin offerings on account of the sin that all people practice.
The Bible teaches that the Lord desires to have fellowship with His people. He wants to enjoy time with His people and allow them to be close to Him to receive that which He has to offer and enjoy those things along with His presence. However, the Bible is clear that God is holy and cannot dwell amongst sin. Therefore, the Bible teaches that there is a natural disconnect with the people of God since sin separates His people from Him and ruins His desire. For this reason, it is a priority of the Living God to address and deal with sin on behalf of His people in order that it would not be a barrier that keeps Him from His people. While it is possible to fellowship with the Lord, one must recognize that one's sin must first be dealt with.
In Leviticus 3:1-17 the Bible explains God's commandments concerning the peace offerings. The peace offerings were supposed to be voluntary offerings that the people could give to show appreciation and thanks to the Lord for His provision amongst other things. The peace offering was the way a person could go above and beyond the normal requirements for sin offerings, grain offerings, and burnt offerings to express high forms of gratitude to the Lord. Though some of the feasts made the peace offering a requirement, the peace offering was instituted by the Lord for those times where the people of God were compelled to do more than required to show their appreciation for God.
The commandments for the peace offering were simple. Leviticus 3:1-17 explains that the person that was bringing the peace offering could do so with several different animals that He predetermined. The people were permitted to give of the cattle or of the flock. Regardless of the animal, the process was the same for each in terms of how the peace offering was to be conducted. The scriptures explain that the person that desired to give the peace offering was supposed to take their sacrifice to the tabernacle and slaughter it at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. He was supposed to lay his hands upon the animal as a symbolic gesture. The gesture was intended to symbolize the imparting of the sin of the person upon the animal that was to be sacrificed. Thus, the purpose of the sacrifice was to deal with the sin of the person who desired God and appreciated Him.
Upon doing so, the priests were to take the blood of the sacrifice and sprinkle it around the altar where the animal was to be burned. The Bible explains that, once the animal was slaughtered by the person who brought the sacrifice, the priests were to remove all of the fat of the animal and its digestive tracts in order to burn those pieces upon the altar. The scriptures are clear to show that, no matter whether the animal was an ox, a sheep, or a goat, all of the fat was to be removed and then consumed by the fire. Leviticus 3:1-17 then uses an interesting phrase to describe the process of burning the fat of the animal. The scriptures explain that the fat burning on the altar was as the altar eating the fat like food. Thus, the commands of God imply that the fire is eating the fatty portion of the sacrifice that was offered.
Since the fire is symbolic for the Lord as a consuming fire that purges the sins of the people, the language of the Bible explains that God Himself was consuming the fat of the sacrifice as food. The imagery of the peace offering was that God would eat the fat of the sacrifice. Since the person that gave the sacrifice was supposed to first lay his hands on the sacrifice as a gesture of faith to impart sin unto the animal, the fat of the animal was symbolic of the sin of the person, which the provision for the peace offering shows that God would consume as a meal. The scriptures are clear to explain several times throughout Leviticus 3:1-17 that the people were not to consume the fat or the blood of the animal. That was supposed to be the Lord's portion.
The commands of Leviticus 3:1-17 show that God desired to consume the sins of the people and purge them from the people by "eating the fat" of the sacrifices of the peace offerings. Thus, the idea is that this sacrifice was supposed to result in peace. The purpose of the sacrifice was to communicate that the person wanted to be at peace with God, and performed the sacrifice in faith to do so. The sacrifice also communicated that God desired to be at peace with His people and was willing to consume that which separated His people from Himself. Thus, the Bible explains that after the fat was removed, a portion of the lean meat was given back to the person who gave the sacrifice and they were supposed to eat it within a 24-hour period. In this way, God desired to paint a picture of fellowship as a sign of the peace the sacrifice was supposed to instill.
The commands of the peace offering show that God would eat His portion of the fat, and the other person would eat their portion from the same animal. Essentially they would share a meal as if partaking in fellowship. This image is made possible by the work that God does to consume and purge the "fat" or sin from His people. The peace offering shows that God is willing to receive that which is harmful to help His people and save them. God is willing to take the sins of the people when the people are willing to acknowledge Him in faith and demonstrate a desire to be with Him according to His commands and standards. Though sin presents a problem for God's people, the peace offering shows that God is willing to do the necessary work to address the problem in order that God's people can be connected to Himself.
Later in scripture, the prophet Isaiah wrote that the Messiah would be known as "the Prince of peace." When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey the week before His death, He did so as a gesture to send the message of peace since kings historically rode on donkeys during peace time and horses during war time. When Jesus surrendered Himself to the cross for the purpose of being an atoning sacrifice, He was able to bring peace to all who trust in His identity and work as the Savior and God in flesh. Thus, the peace offering of the Old Testament was fulfilled through the person and work of Jesus Christ so that the method by which one is able to fellowship with the Living God is by Jesus and Jesus alone, showing that God did the work to join His people to Himself in spite of the condition that His people were in.
As people looking to serve the Lord, it is important to always consider the manner in which one desires to serve the Lord. The Bible teaches that it is not possible to just wake up and "get to work" for the Lord. Service and sacrifice unto the Lord requires preparation. The preparation that one must undergo deals with the preparation of one's heart. One must seek to vet out one's motives to ensure that one is serving the Lord for the right reasons - for His glory alone. One must check to ensure one is not bringing any root of bitterness into one's service unto the Lord. One must seek forgiveness and be willing to first confess one's identity as a sinner to ensure that one's service unto the Lord is conducted in humility. In short, one must ensure that one's service and sacrifice unto the Lord is not tainted with sin since God is a holy and righteous God and is deserving of such.
In Leviticus 2:1-16 the Bible teaches how God commanded that the children of Israel should prepare their grain offerings. The grain offerings were offerings that were made of grain that were mixed with oil and frankincense, and then burned in fire. The scriptures explain that there were several acceptable ways to prepare these types of offerings. The scriptures allowed the people to bake them like cakes, to mix them in a pan, or to bake them in convection or covered pans. Though the scriptures explain that there were a variety of ways to prepare the offering, the Bible also explains that there were some key consistencies that God was looking for, no matter how the offering was prepared and given.
One of the first issues that the Lord addressed concerning the grain offerings was that the offerings were not to contain leaven of any kind. The offerings were not to contain any sort of rising agent. In essence, the children of Israel were to offer various forms of pita bread or flat bread. The Lord did not want any of the grain that was offered to rise in the baking process. The scriptures explain that God was very purposeful in this command. In both 1 Corinthians 5:6 and Galatians 5:9 the apostle Paul compared the concept of leaven to sin. The scriptures compare the concept of leaven to the indulgence of the flesh. In the way that a leavening agent would make bread rise and become filled with air, the scriptures explain that indulgence into the flesh can make one "puffed up" with pride and remove one from humility. Thus, the condition of flat bread without leaven was intended to symbolize one's humility and willingness to deny the affections of one's flesh in order to present one's self as approved before God in repentance.
One of the other consistent factors regarding the grain offering was the use of oil that was supposed to be associated with it. The grain offering was supposed to be mixed with oil, but after the cakes were baked in whichever way, they were supposed to be covered in a little oil again. This command is representative of another important Biblical symbol. The Bible often uses oil to symbolize the presence of the Holy Spirit. For example, in 1 Samuel chapter 16 the Bible explains that Samuel the priest anointed king David with oil and immediately the Holy Spirit was upon David from that day forward. Leviticus 2:1-16 explained that each grain offering was supposed to have oil in the baking mixture and then oil on top of the finished product. The symbolic picture that God wanted to teach His people was that God desires His offerings to be motivated by His Spirit and then covered in His Spirit. Since the essence of mankind is sinful, one must possess a greater motivation to give unto God rather than one's own inclination. In order to serve God according to His righteousness, one must be motivated by His Spirit to do so, which happens when one is willing to humble one's self before God. Secondly, one must ensure that the Spirit remain the essence of one's offering to the Lord since the curse of sin promised that mankind can only produce "thorns and thistles" spiritually speaking. The only one qualified to produce anything valuable to God and approved by God is God. Thus, one must be motivated by His Spirit then equipped by His Spirit to give unto Him.
Next, the scriptures teach that each grain offering was supposed to be seasoned with salt. God was sure to state that no grain offering was to be absent salt. In Matthew chapter 5 Jesus taught about the affects of salvation through a lesson traditionally referred to as "the Beatitudes." In this teaching, Jesus revealed His various characteristics and taught that when a person receives salvation and supernaturally demonstrates His qualities in their own life, God's people are entitled to certain rewards. Jesus called His people, the salt of the earth" in this context. While Jesus compared His people to "salt" He stated that the purpose of His people is to "season" the earth. Since the context of Jesus' mention of "salt" comes in the context of those who demonstrate His humility, holiness, meekness, righteousness, merciful nature, purity, peace, and endurance, the one's identity as "salt" speaks to one's outward demonstration of Jesus' characteristics by His Spirit in salvation. One's identity as "salt" is directly tied to one's willingness to be sanctified by the Spirit of God and transformed into His image, which is contrary to the ways of the world. In this way the world is seasoned and Jesus taught this is a critical part of salvation. Leviticus 2:1-16 explains that God demanded salt in the grain offerings in order to season the offering, which speaks to the point that one's offering must be made in the likeness of Jesus' own offering of Himself.
It is for these reasons that Leviticus 2:1-16 explains that the grain offerings were the most holy offerings to the Lord that were to be offered and made by fire. Half of the offering was supposed to go to the Lord, and half of the offering was supposed to go to the priests. The grain offerings were to be sacrifices and symbols of agreement with the processes, provisions and laws of God concerning worship. The grain offerings were intended to teach the people that it is impossible to please God when one is not motivated by His Spirit, equipped by His Spirit, and demonstrating the qualities of His Son by His Spirit. One's service and offerings to the Living God are important, and the scriptures show that He is very specific about the manner in which He desires to receive from His people. Hence, one must seek to give thanks unto God in these ways.
The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death. When God created the earth, He tried to warn the people He created that disobedience and unfaithfulness would have tragic consequences. He promised that rebellion against His will and commands would result in both physical and spiritual death. The Bible testifies that, though Adam and Eve were given fair warning, they did not trust in the Lord's warning, did not believe in the reality of consequence, desired to do their way more than God's way, and ultimately sinned by disobeying His command. The scriptures explain that sin has been infections ever since and the effects of sin are terrible and deadly.
However, the scriptures teach that God is not willing that any should perish by sin, but that all should come to repentance and live apart from sin. Therefore, the issue of atonement for sin because a huge deal to the Lord. The scriptures that deal with the prescribed methods by which God would forgive sin should be paramount to those who seek to avoid the death that comes with sin. It is true that God is willing to forgive sin, but based on the reality of sin, and the natural consequence of sin, one must understand that God is very detailed and specific concerning the methods by which He is willing to forgive sin. God permits atonement, but atonement must be conducted according to His words, commands, and instructions. If one desires to live and escape the consequence of sin, one must do things the ways God says, and is not entitled to make up one's own method of forgiveness.
In Leviticus 1:1-17 the Bible documents God's instructions regarding "burnt offerings." The Bible first explains that God called to Moses from the tabernacle of meeting, and that Moses was responsive. God desired to speak to Moses and Moses was faithful to respond to the Word of God to listen. When God spoke, He instructed Moses about the proper way to give a burnt offering. The Bible explains that people had already been giving burnt offerings. For example, Abraham was commanded by God to offer up his son Isaac as a burnt offering. However, God found that it was necessary to document the proper way to give these types of offerings in the Law.
The instructions that God provided were very comprehensive. There were three different types of burnt offerings that the Lord instructed that were based on one's financial ability to give. The Lord gave instructions for the upper class, the middle class, and the lower class income people so that each person knew how to give a proper sacrifice to the Lord. The Lord stated that those who could afford them were to give of their livestock. Those who could not afford to give of livestock were commanded to give of the flock - a sheep or a goat. Those who could not afford to give of the flock were to give a bird - a turtledove or young pigeon. The point that the Lord sought to make in this process was that a person was supposed to ensure that they were giving something of value, but the value should be within ration to one's means. The offering was supposed to be significant, but not to the point that it was a burden.
Leviticus 1:1-17 the Lord stated to Moses that burnt offerings were to be conducted in the same ways regardless of the type of animal. Whether the animal was an ox, a sheep, or a bird, the animal was supposed to be killed and butchered by the one giving the offering. The priests would then take some of the blood of the animal, sprinkle it before the altar, and burn the entire animal on the altar. The priests were to take the entrails and legs of the sheep or oxen and wash them first, but every part of the animal was supposed to be burned. God taught that the premise of a burnt offering was supposed to be under the context of complete consumption. While other offerings allowed for one to retain a part of the animal as food, the burnt offering was to be totally destroyed by fire.
The scriptures explain God's purpose for the total destruction of the animal for a burnt offering. Leviticus 1:1-17 clearly explains that when the burnt offering sacrifice was done appropriately according to the commands of God, it would serve as atonement. This means that God provided instruction that would allow the death of the animal and the method by which it was killed to be a substitute for the consequences that one is entitled to as a sinner. Instead of one being completely destroyed and consumed by the fire of God's wrath, God allowed His people to place that judgment upon these animals in faith. The total destruction of the animal was to signify one's desire to be totally purged and separated from sin.
When God spoke to Moses, He also taught that each burnt offering was supposed to given as a free will offering. This means that the priests or Moses were not to force the people to give burnt offerings to atone sin. The people had to want their sins atoned for. The people had to recognize their faults, confess their sins against God, despise the consequences for their sinful nature, then seek obedience to the Word of God to deal with sin God's way, all on their own. Though the priests and Moses were to lead the people by example, they were not to force the people to perform these duties. God wanted the people to desire forgiveness on their own. God did not want people to be forced into His mercy. God wanted the people to desire His mercy and find privilege in the opportunity to give a sacrifice in order that their sins would be covered.
Lastly, the commands for burnt offerings reflect that the reason God was so specific regarding His instruction was because the animal used in the burnt offering was not only a substitute for the sins of the people, but also a prophetic picture of the Messiah. Leviticus 1:1-17 explains that God demanded the people bring a male animal and ensure that it was without blemish. In other words, God wanted an animal that would reflect the characteristics of His own Son. God wanted an animal that was male as Jesus. God wanted an animal that was spotless and innocent as Jesus. God wanted that animal to be totally consumed despite its value and innocence just like Jesus. God not just offering atonement to the people, but also teaching the people the ways that He would ultimately deal with sin. Since the blood of bulls, goats and birds is not nearly valuable enough to pay the total debt of one's sin, God understood that His people would require a greater form of atonement. God wanted His people to understand this truth and see the picture of the Christ in the sacrifice of the animal, showing that He is truly not willing that any should perish but that all come to repentance. God is so willing that His people repent and live, that He became sin, though He knew no sin, and took the form of flesh to offer Himself as a burnt offering, so that as Jesus was crucified, the blood of the Living God was spilled, thereby satisfying the total debt of all sin. Hence, those who believe upon Him by His Word, and seek forgiveness in the manner that He commanded - by His Son - are able to be cleansed of sin and the consequence of death that one deserves is dissolved in grace.
The Bible teaches that God desires to be with His people. The Bible teaches that God desires to lead His people through life in order that they would live according to His standards of righteousness for His glory. The Bible also teaches that God desires to accompany His people through that journey in order to equip them and reveal His nature to them by His Spirit, which then brings comfort, encouragement, and help to His people. At the same time, the Bible teaches that one is responsible for ensuring that one's heart is habitable for the Holy Spirit according to God's righteousness. This does not mean that one must earn the Holy Spirit or God's righteousness. One is saved by faith and receives the Holy Spirit by the grace of God. However, the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit enters the hearts of those who are contrite and humble, and who genuinely seek the Lord. Thus, there is some effort required on the behalf of God's people to invite the presence of the Lord into one's life.
In Exodus 40:1-38 the Bible explains that after Moses inspected all of the work of the tabernacle, the furnishings, and the priestly garments, the Lord commanded Moses to assemble everything together according to His Word. Exodus 40:1-38 documents the work that Moses completed to put the tabernacle together, place every furnishing item in its place, prepare the environment for sacrifices, and cloth Aaron and his sons for their duties as priests. The Bible explains that God commanded Moses to do all that He had previously been commanded, which means that God was willing to repeat Himself in order that Moses had clear understanding of God's will. God repeated all of the instructions of the tabernacle to Moses, ensuring Moses' understanding of God's desire concerning the tabernacle.
The scriptures go on to explain that Moses again did everything that the Lord had commanded. The Bible teaches that Moses heard the commands of God, and stayed strict and disciplined to obey the Word of God according to His will and purposes. The phrase "as the Lord commanded" is repeated 7 more times in this chapter to show that Moses was committed to hearing the Word of God and obeying it in order to please the Lord. The scriptures reveal that Moses was focused on God's will and purposes instead of His own. Moses did as the Lord commanded, not as he desired according to convenience or preference.
Exodus 40:1-38 also documents the response of the Lord towards the obedience of Moses and the people that helped build the tabernacle. The Bible explains that when Moses finished the work, God spoke to him again. God reminded Moses that he was not allowed to enter into the tabernacle of meetings since God was determined to work through Aaron as the high priest and his sons. The Lord had a specific purpose in His work processes to provide important teaching lessons about the Messiah, and Moses respected the will of the Lord through obedience. Upon completing the tabernacle construction and assembly, the Bible explains that the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. God revealed Himself as a cloud as He did when leading the children of Israel through the Red Sea away from the Egyptians. God reminded the people that He would continue to do so through their journey, and at night He would reveal Himself as a pillar of fire. The Bible candidly states that God revealed His glory in these ways in the site of all of the house of Israel throughout their journey.
One must consider the order of events that took place. The Bible explains that God was already leading and accompanying the Israelites in their journey. Exodus 40:1-38 explains that the tabernacle was erected in the 2nd year of their journey through the wilderness. This means that the tabernacle took about a year to construct and assemble, but also that the Lord had been with them them whole time as a demonstration of His grace. However, order of Bible contents shows that the obedience of the people to the Word of God concerning the tabernacle construction allowed God to continue to dwell with His people and lead them. The obedience of the people provided a dwelling place for the glory of God amongst the people. The instructions of God show that He had a desire to dwell with His people and lead them throughout their journey. The willingness of the people to hear the Word of God and their commitment to obey the Word is what facilitated God's glory to dwell with the people. The obedience of the people was the demonstration of their faith that God would dwell with them.
Considering these truths, one must realize that God always desires to be with His people. However, the obedience of the people serves to be the outward demonstration of one's faith that one trusts in the Lord and is dependent upon Him. Moses and the children of Israel that helped build the tabernacle were committed to listening for the voice of the Lord and obeying His Word as commands. They desired for God's will to be done so they forfeited their creative rights and other freedoms in order that God's vision was made manifest, leveraging the Spirit of God to complete their work. This allowed the people to finish the tabernacles, assemble it, and the Spirit of God dwelt their.
In the same way, God desires to dwell with His people today, and it is demonstrated faith through obedience and a denial of self that facilitates God's glory resting upon His people. The Bible teaches that one no longer has to build some structure to invite the Spirit and glory of God to accompany and lead one through life. The deal is much better! The Bible teaches that one's body is a temple for the Holy Spirit and the glory of God. Thus, when one exemplifies the same dedication to the Word of God and being a doer of the Word, one is inviting the Spirit of God to dwell within them. When one is committed to hearing the Word and doing the Word for the glory of the Lord, and is willing to deny one's fleshly desires to exalt the Lord and His purposes, the glory of the Lord will lead and accompany the people of God just as seen in the Old Testament scriptures!
The quality of a person's work can speak volumes about a person's character, integrity, and respect. Typically, the better quality of work a person produces, the more one can observe the care and consideration that the worker put into their work. This doesn't always equal to solid product, but one's efforts put into a particular project is noticeable and is usually met with respect. When a person often puts forth low quality work due to a lack of effort, one might develop the reputation of being lazy or careless. One that is careful with one's work, double checks the results of one's work, and ensures that the quality of one's work is of the highest possible standard is one that usually garners respect from peers and one that is perceived as dependable. When one examines the work of a person that is careful about the results of their work, it becomes possible to see that one has great care and concern for one's efforts, takes great interest in the work being done, and is willing to invest into the work that was accomplished.
In Exodus 39:32-43 the Bible explains that when all of the tabernacle items and furnishings were completed, they were brought to Moses for inspection. The scriptures go on to list every single item that was created by Bezalel, Aholiab and their respective teams. The scriptures speak of the large items as well as the small items in such a way that one can gather that each was given equal attention and care. The Bible explains that Moses looked over every item to ensure that it met the specifications that God originally commanded to him. Moses wanted to ensure that the items that were manufactured were manufactured according to the exact commands of God and that the results of their work were in line with God's will and purposes.
When one considers the amount of items that were brought before Moses, one must also consider the time that Moses had to invest in the inspection of these things. The scriptures are clear to communicate that each item, from the Ark, to each individual socket for the tabernacle posts, was built according to the commands of the Lord. This means that Moses had to take the time to inspect each and every item to ensure its uniform excellence according to God's standards. This means that the people who constructed the items had to submit their work and be in agreement with the inspection of Moses. All of the Israelites that had a hand in the construction of the tabernacle and its furnishings, including the priestly garments, had to maintain the mindset that their work was for the Lord, and as such, their work had to be exactly according to the Word of God. If extra time needed to be taken, then extra time was taken. If an objective party had to inspect the work to ensure its perfection, then the people had to be willing to endure such a process.
The inspection of Moses shows that the people who built the tabernacle were in a pursuit of perfection according to the expectations and commands of the Living God. The work was double checked to ensure that it was done correctly because the people wanted the work done correctly. The people wanted to please God. This truth is made evident in that the scriptures repeatedly state that the work of the people was done according to the commands of the Lord. The people cared enough about their obedience to every last detail that they took extra time to double check their work to ensure its integrity. This extra effort serves as outward evidence of an inward desire to please the Lord. Since the people were filled with the Spirit of God, one can see from the care and attention they placed on their work for the Lord that they were also motivated by the Lord to do a good job.
The people didn't look to cut corners and didn't seek to find more convenient or easy ways out. Instead, the inspection of Moses reflected a genuine commitment to perfection and excellence according to the standards of God, and the people held each other accountable to such a standard. The people were willing to have the results of their efforts examined to ensure they met the standards of God according to His Word. The scriptures do not state that Bezalel and Aholiab were offended at Moses' inspection and do not state that they were offended with Moses, interpreting his inspection as "judging." Instead, the scriptures plainly state that the people submitted their work willingly to Moses to ensure that their efforts were 100% reflective of God's Word as it had been given to Moses. The people were accountable to one another and willing to do whatever was necessary to help ensure the total output of effort was in line with the will of God. The mindset and attitude that one can examine from the people and Moses in Exodus 39:32-43 is reflective of a group of individuals that are motivated by the Spirit of God, having one mind to please Him. The people of God would do well to follow such an example from scripture today. The conduct of the people in Exodus 39:32-43 reflects a group of people with high Godly character and integrity, and the proof of such qualities was outwardly observable in their efforts to please the Lord through accountable obedience according to the Word.