Leviticus 6:1-7: Restoration

Rejecting sin is not enough,
To sanction our salvation.
Do not ignore the damage done,
Pursue then restoration.

And ignorance is no excuse,
For God will hold you guilty.
To rend relationship with Him,
And fracture righteous fealty.

To sin is hurtful unto men,
And Him who made creation.
Make good to man, to God repent,
Holistic restoration.

For stolen bread’s a bitter bite,
To it a fifth is added.
The minimum that man must give,
That injury demanded.

Restore, not penalizing theft,
Not death or amputation.
The penalty, but One can pay,
Through Christ our restoration.

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2 thoughts on “Leviticus 6:1-7: Restoration

  1. The passage of Leviticus 6:1-7 highlights a fascinating and — I believe — crucial element of Biblical law: restoration. This can be applied directly into two spheres of our life, the civil and spiritual spheres.
    From a civic standpoint, this principle states that when someone steels something, or damages another persons property, he must restore what was stolen or damaged PLUS 20%. Notice, this passage says nothing about paying a ‘debt to society,’ or punishing a thief by throwing him in prison, or chopping off his hand, or hanging him (all of which are man-made ways of punishing a thief). This passage makes it clear that the thief’s sin is against the victim — hence his punishment is to restore what was stolen to THE VICTIM. The thief owes nothing to the government or society — jails have no part in a Biblical system of law. Biblical law is focused on restoration, not debilitation.

    Secondly, this passage points out that any crime, no matter how great or small (in this instance, theft) is a crime directly against God. All sin is an act of rebellion deserving of eternal death and damnation. Here’s the problem: we can not make an eternal restoration. If that was where the story ended then, we would have no hope of salvation. Praise God, that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the eternal debt, and make restoration between us and the Father!

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  2. I like the symmetry of the first and last stanzas of this poem and how the last stanza points to our only hope, Jesus.

    The second stanza isn’t working for me, the last line in particular.

    I think there is potential to use the 5-stanza structure more effectively to pivot on the third stanza, in the way that the psalms often pivot on the middle verse.

    God bless you, brother Amos. You are a treasure.

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