“Debt is the worst poverty” – Thomas Fuller
“The day I’m able to be debt-free is the day I’m going to be the happiest guy around.” – Steve Garvey
There is no feeling like being free of a debt. When a debt has been paid off in full, the relief that can accompany the event is almost beyond description. This might not ever have happened to you, but it is amazing when someone pays a debt for you. While on staff at Cottondale as the youth pastor, my truck broke down. It wasn’t anything major, just the water pump, but for my wife and I we weren’t in a position to get it fixed. We went down to using one vehicle, and I left my truck parked until we got the funds to get it fixed up. Next thing I know my truck was fixed, and the bill paid. The church had decided to take care of the need for us! I was humbled, grateful, and excited all at the same time. Have you ever had someone in your life pay for your meal, pay for some medical bills, help you out with a debt, or take care of a need?
Of all the debt you could ever have or owe, none is greater than your debt of sin. It is a debt that no matter how much you pay down on the principle the balance remains the same. You can accomplish as many good works or moral deeds as you want, and you will be no closer to paying your sin debt. The Bible declares, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23, and “…we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” Isaiah 64:6.
Sin demands restitution… there is a payment that must be paid. Our sin makes us unacceptable to God, unholy, and unable to get to God. Our sin brings unrest, guilt, and only exasperates our fallen condition. Sin pollutes and stains everything it touches. Sin demands payment, restitution, and reparation. The Bible declares, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23. The debt incurred by sin requires a hefty sum to pay… eternal death and wrath in a place called Hell.
Each of the offerings in Leviticus has foreshadowed the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ! The Burnt Offering makes us acceptable, atones for our sins, and removes the judgment. The Peace offering makes a habitable relationship between God and man possible. Where sin caused unrest, sacrifice causes peace! The Sin Offering makes us pure, cleanses the filth and pollution sin causes. And now the Trespass Offering makes payment for sin, and offers restitution.
The Trespass Offering spends much more time with the purpose and reason for the offering than the procedures or animals required. Trespass Offerings had to be made when one of two events happened: 1) Sin of Ignorance 2) Sin of theft and Oaths. We could sum up the reason for this offering this way; a debt was owed which had to be repaid and offering made toward it. Restitution was owed and demanded.
An old song communicates the amazing truth of the Gospel this way, “He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sin away.” The wonderful reality today is “…God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. “For he hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
If you are a child of God today, who has had your sins forgiven and accepted the free gift of Salvation, REJOICE. Don’t ever get over the joy of your salvation. Take a moment and thank the Lord for paying your debt that you could never pay! His rich mercy paid the greatest debt in your life, and He has given you rich and exceeding great blessings. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice all other sacrifices point forward to. Be amazed at the plan and love of God today.
Daily Scripture Reading
Leviticus 5 - 7
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.”