Today’s Old Testament Challenge reading is Leviticus chapters 3 and 4. In these 2 chapters we are introduced to the peace offering in chapter 3 and the sin offering in chapter 4.
The peace offering was expressed worship through fellowship with the Lord and others. The Hebrew word for peace is “shalom”, which speaks of wholeness, well-being, harmony, and peace. Shalom or peace means more than a cessation of hostilites between God and the worshiper, it implies a bond of harmonious fellowship. The peace offering was therefore a shared meal celebrating fellowship with God and others. Peace offerings usually followed the whole burnt offering showing that fellowship with God follows atonement. Folks, when we experienced atonement through Jesus Christ, we are able to be at peace with God and others.
“Therfore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.”
Romans 5:1 NLT
The sin offering was for unintentional violations of God’s commands and was intended for to repair a loss or remedy a failure. Although we all sin, God will forgive us if we confess it.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Romans 3:23 NLT
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.”
1 John 1:8-9 NLT
I’ll leave you with the words of James, the brother of Jesus…..
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.”