2 “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘If a person sins unintentionally against any of the commandments of the Lord in anything which ought not to be done, and does any of them, 3 if the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, then let him offer to the Lord for his sin which he has sinned a young bull without blemish as a sin offering.
The purpose for the sin offering was mandatory atonement for specific unintentional sin, confession of sin, forgiveness of sin, and cleansing from defilement. Keep in mind that this atonement for sin was only temporary, and had to take place time and time again. It would not be until Jesus’s death on the cross that the final atonement would take place.
5 “And it shall be, when he is guilty in any of these matters, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing; 6 and he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord for his sin which he has committed, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats as a sin offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin.
The trespass offering was mandatory atonement for unintentional sin, requiring restitution, cleansing from defilement and make restitution. As we look at these various offerings, it is important to understand that we are helpless to deal with our sin by ourselves and atonement is still needed. Just as the priest was in charge of making the various sin offerings, so it is that Jesus our High Priest, would make a final sin offering for mankind. He did this at the cross.
3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
Chapter 24 of Matthew’s gospel is one of the most important chapters of the bible. Jesus had just told the apostles of the coming destruction of the temple, something that was unwatchable to them. this prompted their inquiry about when that would take place, what would be the sign of Jesus’s coming and the end of the age. Three significant events, one (the destruction of Jerusalem) took place in 70 AD and two which we are still waiting for.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Most all of the things Jesus had spoken of in the preceding verses are taking place even as I write. All one has to do is open their eyes and see that the return of Jesus is closer than it has ever been. This is why it is all the more important that we understand and are attentive to what the Lord has called us to do.
12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
Isn’t this what we see today? Lawlessness abounds and rather than turn to the Lord, we redefine evil as good and good as evil, just as Isaiah 5:20 says.