Sometimes in this age of grace, we tend to downplay sins, even those of our spiritual leaders. It's interesting here that in ancient Israel, God outlined four "classes" of people: the high priest, the entire nation of Israel, leaders of Israel, and the common man. Among these four classes, there is a tiering system that God uses to demand sacrifice when sin has occurred.
The leaders had to bring something (a male goat) slightly more valuable than the common man (a female goat). Understandably, the sacrifice necessary for the entire nation of Israel (a bull) was more costly than the sacrifice for an individual's sin (a goat). What is striking is that the sacrifice necessary for when the high priest sinned was exactly the same as that needed for the entire nation of Israel. Kind of puts new perspective on what God expects from the spiritual leaders of His people
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