We are in the process of studying the 4th Levitical sacrifice known as the HATTA-AT in Hebrew and best translated as the “Purification Offering”.
This sacrifice really illustrates just how deadly the effects of sin can be as it deals with the diseased state the worshipper finds himself in due to his sin.
Think of it like this.
The person because he has sinned has become infected with a powerful poison and the chances of his survival are now quite precarious.
The Purification Offering or the HATTA-AT is the antidote to neutralize the effects of that poison.
How the person in question became infected or even the specific nature of the deadly toxin that has entered the sinner’s body is of little concern at the moment.
The only concern is to get the person who has sinned back to good health and remove the deadly effects of the poison that has entered his body.
If the sinner in question isn’t nursed back into a condition of good spiritual health, his relationship with the Lord could be in jeopardy.
Think of a man being rushed to the emergency room of a hospital to have a bullet wound treated.
He may be a criminal on the run.
However, at the hospital, the doctor doesn’t care how or why the man got shot or his identity.
His only concern is to nurse that patient back to health BEFORE HE DIES.
The doctor needs to apply a HATTA-AT or Purification Offering to the wound before it becomes fatal.
The whole purpose of the HATTA-AT sacrifice is to rescue the person who sinned from reaching that fatal stage where his relationship with the Lord could be severed forever.
The takeaway for today is quite obvious.
When we sin, it is not just external consequences we have to deal with.
There are also unwelcome internal consequences that will take their toll if not dealt with.
Call it psychological or spiritual damage or whatever you wish, but our minds and souls are not the same after having committed a sin.
We have been infected and need to have a Purification Offering (HATTA-AT) applied to our wound, lest the infection becomes too great and we die.
Again, keep in mind, that we’re just talking about UNINTENTIONAL SINS here.
Nothing high-handed like adultery or murder.
This brings me to another important point.
Even those sins we might classify as little or unimportant are infectious.
“Who cares if I do a little work on the Sabbath?”
“Who cares if I eat unclean food every once in a while?”
“Who cares if I made off with some inexpensive office supplies that weren’t mine?”
If that’s your attitude, think again.
In fact, I need to think again and reevaluate how I’m living my life in certain areas.
One stray thought, one careless action, or sharing one piece of harmful gossip, and we could find ourselves in a situation that’s much more than we had bargained for.
Thank God for Yeshua’s sacrifice that purifies us from all sin.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
“But if we walk in the light,
as he is in the light,
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Yeshua, his Son,
purifies us from all sin.”
-1 John 1:7