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Being intentional with unintentional sins

Scripture Reading for February 2rd: Leviticus 4-7

Leviticus 4:27-29 “”If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed. And he shall lay his hand on the head of the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering.””

What is the difference between an “intentional” sin and an “unintentional” sin?  Does ignorance excuse us?  How does God look at the person who doesn’t know anything about God’s law?  Is there really such a person who is totally ignorant of God’s basic laws?  If after we “ignorantly” sin, someone informs us that what we “ignorantly” did was a sin in God’s eyes and reads us God’s view from the Bible, are we thereafter guilty of an “intentional” sin?   Is there any sacrifice for a willfully defiant sin?  These questions come to my mind as I read these chapters of Leviticus. (See Leviticus 4:1, 13, 22, 27.)

God has made his basic laws known to all men through the conscience.  Each person has a conscience and it must be trained to know and recognize sin. (Romans 2:12-16)  Each person will be judged by God according to the light he has.  The conscience can be seared by repeated sin.  We are to keep a “clear” conscience by walking in love towards others. (1st Peter 3:16)  Deacons must hold the deep truths of the faith with a “clear” or “pure” conscience. (1st Timothy 3:9)  The conscience is the elementary voice of God that acts like a stoplight, letting us know when to stop and when to go and when to be cautious! All have sinned and sin must be confessed and turned away from to be covered by Christ’s sacrifice.

“If we confess our sins, , He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1st John 1:9) 

Our priest, Jesus Christ, has already made the blood sacrifice for us.  He offered his own blood as atonement for our sins and bore them on the Cross!  We can “intentionally” be made clean from our “unintentional sins”!  Praise the Lord!  What amazing love! 

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“I ate it!”

Scripture reading for January 2nd:  Genesis 3-5

Genesis 3:12 “The man said, “The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” 1st John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

I remember in my early childhood taking my dad’s pocketknife from the stand by his favorite chair and carving. pictures on the bedroom door.  It was great fun and I thought my sister liked the pictures.  Dad and Mom were out doing chores on the farm and it was getting dark outside.  I knew they would come in and slid Dad’s chair in front of the door to hide the ‘artwork’, but they caught on right away!  When questioned, I initially tried to blame my younger sister.  I soon reaped what I had so unwisely sown. Our free will can choose but consequences come!

As we read Genesis 3-5, we are introduced to the “serpent” who was “more crafty” than any of the animals that God had made.  This “serpent” talked to the woman Eve, contradicting what God had told Adam and Eve.  The “crafty” words appealed to her pride and planted a desire to know what God had forbidden.  Eve was taken in and took the forbidden fruit.  She gave it to her husband who in disobedience ate as well. They were suddenly aware of their nakedness and experienced shame.   Instead of being unashamed in God’s presence,  they covered themselves with a fig leaf! Intimacy with God was lost through disobedience.

God walked in the garden calling:  “Adam, where are you?”(Genesis 3:9) When found, God (Who knows everything) asked them if they had eaten from the forbidden tree.  God was drawing them to repentance and confession, but instead they blamed others. The way to restore true intimacy was to simply say: “I ate it!” Their fear destroyed intimacy with God and each other. In place of being naked and unashamed, their sin brought guilt, accusation, fig leaves and strife. Sin separates us from the One Who truly knows us and loves us and from those we are related to.

Have you ever done something you knew was wrong and tried to cover it up with a ‘fig leaf’? Have you blamed someone else or God? Do you find it difficult to admit doing wrong?

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Up close and personal!

Scripture reading for November 22nd: 1st John 1

Key Scriptures: 1st John 1:1-4 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life–the Life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us; that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.”

As the apostle John wrote this letter to the Church of Jesus Christ, he emphasized that he hadn’t gotten second-hand information to share with them. He had heard Jesus personally for over three years then saw and touched Him after the resurrection and now had fellowship with Jesus abiding in him through the Holy Spirit. He shared with the Church so that they too might have deeper personal fellowship with him and other believers, as well as with the Father and Son. John wrote to make his joy complete as he was obeying His Father and pleasing Him.

1st John 1:5-6 “This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, I thank You again for the eye-witnesses of Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You for their anointed testimony and proclamation of His message. You have revealed the light of His glory in Jesus Christ and I have fellowship with other believers and with the Father and Son through the Holy Spirit, Your gift to me. I humbly confess my need for ongoing cleansing of my sin that I may walk in Your light.

1st John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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