Scripture: verse 4
He is to lay his hand upon the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him.
Observation: This passage describes the process for bringing a burnt offering (a sheep or a bull) for sin. What struck me here is how personal this is. The man can’t send the sheep with a messenger. He can’t have his secretary do it, or contribute to a fund. He has to bring it himself.
“The fault is mine and so must the remedy be,” as Mr. Darcy put it. This is a public confession of that he is a sinner. Not that sin exists in general terms, or that society is rotten, or that mistakes have been made but no one is really to blame. He has to put his hand on the sheep and admit that he, himself, is a sinner.
And in doing so, the blame is erased and he is forgiven. Because he came himself.
Application: Admit your own sins. Not just that bad things happen or mistakes get made, but that you, personally, have done wrong things. In our case, the sacrifice has already been made. But we need to acknowledge that it was made for us.
Prayer: Father, I am a sinner. I have done plenty of wrong things. Thank you for providing the sacrifice to wipe my guilt away. Amen.