February 7, 2017: SOAP #2623: Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14 Scripture: Leviticus (NIV) 5:1 “'If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible. 5 “'When anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he [...]

February 7, 2017: SOAP #2623: Leviticus 4-6; Acts 14

Scripture: Leviticus (NIV) 5:1 “'If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible.
5 “'When anyone is guilty in any of these ways, he must confess in what way he has sinned 6 and, as a penalty for the sin he has committed, he must bring to the LORD a female lamb or goat from the flock as a sin offering; or two doves (vs 7) or a tenth of an ephah of fine flour (vs 11). .

Observation: People who had witnessed a criminal act or had knowledge about a criminal act were expected to report it to the proper authorities. If they did not, it was considered a sin and they were required to pay a penalty. For a justice system to be just, every citizen must be willing to participate. Not just the police officer, not just the judge, not just the jury, but every citizen. Justice is everyone's responsibility.

Application: It is my privilege to live in a society where the justice system is designed to discourage criminal activity by holding guilty people accountable. However, for that to happen, I must be willing to tell what I have seen and what I know. The cost of justice can be high as evil people may try to keep me from telling the truth.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are just and want your people to live in a just society. So, you require each of us to participate. When/If my turn comes, give me courage and clarity of speech. Amen

Pastor Leon
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