Numbers 5:1-10

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the sons of Israel that they send away from the camp every leper and everyone having a discharge and everyone who is unclean because of a dead person. You shall send away both male and female; you shall send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell in their midst.” The sons of Israel did so and sent them outside the camp; just as the Lord had spoken to Moses, thus the sons of Israel did.

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, ‘When a man or woman commits any of the sins of mankind, acting unfaithfully against the Lord, and that person is guilty, then [a]he shall confess [b]his sins which [c]he has committed, and he shall make restitution in full for his wrong and add to it one-fifth of it, and give it to him whom he has wronged. But if the man has no [d]relative to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution which is made for the wrong must go to the Lord for the priest, besides the ram of atonement, by which atonement is made for him. Also every [e]contribution pertaining to all the holy gifts of the sons of Israel, which they offer to the priest, shall be his. 10 So every man’s holy gifts shall be his; whatever any man gives to the priest, it becomes his.’”

What happens if you wrong someone, and you want to make it right, but they have passed away? Following the guidelines in this passage, you make it right to their family. Because if you wronged a man, and he’s not there, the family took a hit because of you.

What happens if that person didn’t have any family though, or at least none that you knew of? You still ought to do something, and this passage offers a great idea. You want to show God you’ve changed, then literally show Him by giving a gift to your local church, or a good solid charity.

Don’t ignore something just because its too long ago. You can always make things right, and it will release something inside you and help you to move on with your life.

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