Watchman’s Daily Devotional

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Leviticus 6:5-6 states that if a person fraudulently swears about something, they must refund it in full, add a fifth, and return it to the rightful owner on the day they recognize their mistake. 6 And he shall bring to the priest as recompense to the LORD a ram without blemish from the flock, or its equal as a guilt offering.

Leviticus is a book of regulations governing worship and social order. The law we'll look at today concerns theft. If someone took a deposit, secured something for someone, discovered something that belonged to someone else, or simply stole something and then lied about it in order to profit financially, there was a law in place to govern how they should recompense the victim. The individual in the wrong may have been discovered, or they may have elected to make the reparation after realizing their mistake. It appears that the legislation intended people's consciences to worry them. Perhaps they'll realize God's not blessing them because of their sin.

The recompense first went to the person who suffered the loss. It was supposed to be 120% of what was removed. The person had temporarily lost use of the object and was compensated for this as well. But that's not the end of it. The thief must also make amends with God. To be unjust to man is to insult God. This is why Joseph informed Potiphar's wife that he could not sin against his master or God (Genesis 39:9).

The sacrifice of a ram was also necessary. The gravity of the transgression against another human being had to be addressed. The ram may have cost more than the stolen object. He could have stolen a little or a lot, but the sacrifice remained the same. Blood demonstrated to him how serious his guilt was before the LORD, and he looked forward to the Savior.

The person deprived by the thief was created in the image of God. God granted that person stewardship over that possession. God is angry when we are unjust to one another. This is the moral underpinning for protecting private property and punishing theft. Without these fundamental realities, there is no basis for private property or to consider theft a crime.

Consider this: God is offended when we harm others in any way. We must make things right with both the person and God. Is it necessary to pay someone in order to reconcile with God?

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