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Unintentional sins!

Scripture Reading for February 3rd: Leviticus 4-7

God has made his basic laws known to all men through the conscience.  Each person has a conscience and it is to be trained to know and recognize sin. (Romans 2:12-16)  He will be judged by God according to the light he has.  The conscience can be seared by repeated sin so that it does not “bleed” any more.  This is like taking a hot iron to a bleeding wound to stop the bleeding.  (1st Timothy 4:2)  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)

So, are there really sins of ignorance?  Yes!  We can have a conscience but not have it trained properly.  This is part of the parents job.  They are to instruct their children in right and wrong using God’s Word.  They are to discipline and teach their children as they go through life.   God was instructing the Israelites by these prescribed offerings about how to recognize sin and how deadly it is.  Each time they offered and laid their hands on that innocent animal, they had a visual aid leading them to change their behavior and their consciences were strengthened!  (Leviticus 4:29)  Their confession of sin brought honesty and truth that set them free! (Leviticus 5:5,6)

God is instructing us today as well.  The Holy Spirit convicts us when we sin.  He does this to enable us to confess and repent! (John 16:8)   “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!  (Intentional sins will be covered in a later post.)

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Taking inventory!

Scripture reading for May 29th: Job 29-31

Soul-searching is a good thing for us if we can be honest with ourselves.  We must have an understanding of “good” and “evil” before we can identify it in our life.  If we have no core convictions of what is right and wrong, it is impossible to make progress.  God has given each person a conscience that informs him in general of God’s law.  But the conscience can be silenced because of repeated disobedience.  We then need to go to God’s Word for the standard and re-activate the seared conscience by believing truth.

After enduring his friends accusations, Job was still suffering!    He remembered his past time of blessing  with a sense of joy.  (Job 29) But the young men taunted him and he was driven to do a self-examination and moral inventory.  (Job 30:1)  We find Job going over his life actions  in a systematic way to be sure that he had not forgotten anything.  He was judging himself, so that God would not judge him.  (1st Corinthians 11:31)

Job first dealt with his personal life. (Job 31:1-12)  He was careful with his eyes, not to look lustfully on a woman.  He stayed away from his neighbor’s wife.  He knew that this would lead to trouble!  He knew that sexual sin was something that God would judge! (Job 31:11)  He also checked his honesty.  God would weigh him with honest scales in this regard!  (Job 31:5-6)

Job next dealt with his public life. (Job 31:13-23)  He tested his heart for his treatment of his servants.  Was he fair and respectful of them?  He then looked to his treatment of the poor and orphan.  Was he willing to give to help them with food and clothing?   (Job 31:23)

Job also checked his spiritual life.  (Job 31:24-40)  How did he treat money?  Was it a ‘god’ in his life?  Did he secretly worship anything other than the God?  He also checked his attitude about revenge.  Vengeance belongs to the Lord–we must not get even or rejoice over someone’s misfortune.  How had he treated strangers?  Were his motives pure in all that he did?

What an inventory!  Take time today and allow this 4000 year-old inventory to give you insight into your own walk with God.  Remember, Jesus Christ has already paid the penalty for our sins and if we confess them to Him, He will forgive us and cleanse us from all sin!  (1st John 1:7-9)

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God shows no favorites!

Scripture reading for July 14th: Romans 2:1-23

So all men are without excuse.  All have been given a basic knowledge of God’s power and nature through the creation we live in. When we look at others and judge them, we must realize that we are no different ourselves.  We have not responded to truth as we should either.  It is only the kindness and goodness of God that has led us to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.  (Romans 2:4)

In this section, Paul is making a case that God shows no partiality.  Jew and Gentile alike must come to Him by faith for their righteousness.  No one can work their way into God’s grace!  God has given the Jew His law, and they will be judged by their failure to keep that law.  God wrote the law on the hearts of the Gentiles and their consciences help them to know right and wrong behavior and attitudes.  (Romans 2:12-15)  Indeed, God will judge all men and their secrets through His Son Jesus Christ on a day He has chosen!  (Romans 2:16)  (Acts 17:31)

For those who would not repent, their own stubbornness and unrepentant hearts were storing up wrath for them on the day of God’s wrath.  (Romans 2:6)  God will judge evil deeds and those who reject the truth.  Jews will be judged as well as Gentiles.  Jews, in fact, were more responsible because of God’s law.  They should have know clearly what God required in the way of actions.  They knew the commandments.  Yet, knowing and obeying are different!  It is easy to judge others and still be disobedient yourself.  Paul encouraged the Jew to learn first their own need of grace and repentance to avoid the wrath of God!  (Romans 2:21-23)

As we look at this passage, we should examine our own hearts.  Do we judge others while remaining in sin ourselves?  Today is a good day to repent and ask God for mercy!  Do we claim to be righteous because we are Christians, yet live in a state of breaking God’s laws?  These laws are now written on our hearts and we have the Holy Spirit to bring conviction and godly sorrow enabling repentance!  God will not and does not show favorites!  There is a day of judgment when all secrets will come to light!

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“Unintentional” Sin?

Scripture Reading for February 3rd: Leviticus 4-7

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 is to be trained to know and recognize sin. (Romans 2:12-16)  He will be judged by God according to the light he has.  The conscience can be seared by repeated sin so that it does not “bleed” any more.  This is like taking a hot iron to a bleeding wound to stop the bleeding.  (1st Timothy 4:2)  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 like a stop light lets us know when to stop and when to go and when to be cautious!

So, are there really sins of ignorance?  Yes!  We can have a conscience but not have it trained properly.  This is part of the parents job.  They are to instruct their children in right and wrong using God’s Word.  They are to discipline and teach their children as they go through life and share their days with them.    God was instructing the Israelites by these prescribed offerings about how to recognize sin and how deadly it is.  Each time they offered and laid their hands on that innocent animal, they had a visual aid leading them to change their behavior and their consciences were strengthened!  (Leviticus 4:29)  Their confession of sin brought honesty and truth that set them free! (Leviticus 5:5,6)

God is instructing us today as well.  The Holy Spirit convicts us when we sin.  He does this to enable us to confess and repent and be free from the death penalty! (John 16:8)   “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!  (Intentional sins will be covered in a later Leviticus post.)

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