Leviticus 4: What happens if you violate any of the commandments


If a priest violates a commandment, bring a bullock to be slaughtered. The priest will take the blood, dip his fingers in it, put some on the horns of the altar and then take the fat and burn it on the altar. The rest of the cow will be taken out of town and burned. If the entire congregation sins, then all the heads of the tribes have to put their hands on the bullock before the ritual is done and then the entire congregation will be forgiven. If a ruler sins and violates the commandments He needs to bring the kid of a goat, and then the blood ritual is done and the fat burned. Not sure what happens to the rest of the goat. If a commoner sins and violates the commandment they need to bring a female got, and then the blood is offered and fat burned. If he brings a lamb instead of a goat, this is ok, the sacrifice will be done and the person forgiven.

In other words:

If you violate the 10 commandments, that’s ok, as long as you did it out of ignorance. Just make a sin offering and all will be forgiven.

Most interesting bit:

That it was assumed the priests, as well as everyone else, would sin and that there is a method to atone, fairly easily for those sins.

Favorite bit:

Leviticus 4:11 “And the kin of the bullock, and all his flesh, with his head, and with his legs, and his inwards and his dung.”  Not sure if this is for burning or part of the bull being taken out to be burnt out of town.

Moral Lessons Learned:

If you make a mistake, fix it. (Leviticus 4)