Sins of ignorance:
We come now to the sin offering. It teaches us that we do sin unwittingly or sin often in ignorance. However sinning in ignorance still makes us guilty before God. The sin committed in ignorance is nonetheless still sin and must be dealt with. It teaches us something of ourselves that we don't only sin by choice, but sin even in ignorance. Ignorance doesn't let us off the hook, sins of ignorance must be atoned for. When they are atoned for, fellowship with God is restored. What is of particular note are the categories of people that must make right with God when they have sinned. It may come as a surprise to us in the 21st century that God not only deals with individuals but groups of individuals. We find that individual sinners must make right with God as well as congregations. This teaches us that there is such a thing as corporate guilt, Also just to show that nobody is above the law Rulers must also make right with God and must come the same way as everyone else before our God who judges impartially and makes no distinction between men as to their position in society or their race. That is why common people make right with God, the same way as the rich and powerful. Also priests are not above anyone and are as prone to sin as anyone.
Priests also have to atone for their own sins committed in ignorance. Hereby no one is left out as not been susceptible to sinning even unknowingly. Specific transgressions:
(As 3) The next thing mentioned is ritual uncleanness right from touching dead animals to having intercourse with your wife while she is menstruating if this is done in ignorance they are guilty and their sin must be atoned for.vs4: Also making oaths rashly, like so many do one can become guilty before the Lord. Sins of rashness are where one doesn't deliberate to sin, but in a surge of goodwill or even anger say things they cannot keep to. When one became aware of his sin they had to offer sacrifice to atone for their guilt.
(As 5,6) Here again we find that when the transgressors became aware in what way they had sinned, they had to confess their particular sin before offering the sacrifice. All to often confession has become meaningless by saying to God the obvious fact that we are sinners. One needs to be specific and acknowledge in what way one has sinned. One needs to bring specific sins into the light before God. else.