A Clean Slate
Today’s scripture selection: Leviticus 13-15
Key verses: Leviticus 14:19
“Then the priest is to sacrifice the sin offering and make atonement for the one to be cleansed from their uncleanness.”
It’s all about getting “clean.”
Chapter after chapter of very specific laws and regulation, addressing every kind of ceremonial uncleanness – that’s what Leviticus is about.
If you ask me, it’s one of the easiest books in the Bible to just skip over. It’s so easy to say it just “doesn’t apply.”
But that isn’t entirely true.
Sure, I don’t feel the need to take a lamb or a small bird to a priest and have it slaughtered to get “right” with God.
But the idea of regularly checking in with myself – and with God – to make sure that I have not wandered off in a direction that is harmful to me and others – that’s well worth doing.
In my particular religious tradition there is little formal confession. I don’t sit down in a small cubicle with a screen separating me from my parishioners and listen as they get their failings and sins off their chest. I don’t provide atonement – not in a strictly formal way.
But I do “hear confession” on a regular basis.
I do often sit with people who are in great pain over the ways they feel alienated from God – especially when they are honest about how they have often alienated themselves from God. I do try to share the hope of God’s love and forgiveness and grace with them. I do pray with them and celebrate with them that, once again, they have a “clean slate.”
And the atonement part?
That’s been taken care of by God himself.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, hear my confession, and absolve me of my sin – that I may be more faithful in the future. AMEN.