David Mainse shares truth from Leviticus and talks about a time when he asked for forgiveness.

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 5-6

 Key Verse: Leviticus 6:25

Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, “This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed, the sin offering shall be killed before the Lord. It is most holy…”

Moses and Aaron were descendants of Levi, the third son of Jacob and Leah. They were known as Levites. The Levites were the priests who represented the people before God. Leviticus is filled with details of sacrifices, priestly duties, rituals and elaborate symbols. Here, for the first time, we see a detailed account of God’s prescription for sin: a sacrificial system using blood to cover sin. Here are pictures of the life, work and person of our great High Priest, Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:1). We no longer bring sacrifices, but rather present our bodies “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1).


Lord Jesus, You bore the sin of all. You were sinless, but endured the wrath of God against sin. Though You were deprived of the light of Your Father’s countenance, You are “the Light of the world.” By Your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, I’ve discovered a great mystery accurately pictured in the offerings for sin. I pray for continued illumination of the “Truth” as I read Leviticus. Amen!


I was 9 years old. Teased by other boys as the minister’s son, I stole an apple from Mr. Kincaid’s grocery store to prove I was not a sissy. I destroyed the evidence and returned home. When I arrived home, Mother knew immediately and I was discovered. She led me into my bedroom to kneel beside my bed and pray. I poured out my confession to the Lord. When we finished, she said, “God has forgiven your sin,” and then I heard the dreaded words I knew were coming, “You must make restitution for the wrong you did to Mr. Kincaid. Take 10 cents out of your own money (this was September of 1945), go back to the store and ask Mr. Kincaid for forgiveness.” I wrote the letter asking forgiveness, enclosed the dime and slipped the letter under a big box of cornflakes that sat on the counter. Within an hour, our phone rang and Mr. Kincaid said, “David, that was the bravest thing that you have done and I forgive you. Thanks for the dime to pay for the apple. Please come and see me.” He ended up giving me my first job, delivering groceries, saying “I need someone I can trust to bring the money back from the customer.”

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