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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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“Unintentional” sin!

Scripture Reading for February 3rd: Leviticus 4-7

God hates sin and cannot tolerate sin in His presence.  Satan, one of his closest angels, was cast from heaven because of the sin of pride.  God wanted His people to understand and know His holiness as He lived in their midst after their deliverance from Egypt.

God’s people were given the law of God in the Ten Commandments.  These chapters of Leviticus included specific sacrifices to be offered by individuals or the whole community who had broken these laws through a lack of understanding or neglect.  God’s people were held to a higher standard because of the presence of God in their midst.  To whom much was given, much would be required.  When a person defiantly broke a law of God, no sacrifice was left for him.  This will be dealt with later in another post.

God has made his basic laws known to all men through the conscience.  Every person has a conscience that alerts them when they are about to break a law of God.  (Romans 2:12-16)   The conscience can be seared by repeated sin so that it does not let you know that you are doing wrong any more.   (1st Timothy 4:2)  We are to keep a “clear” conscience by walking in love towards others. (1st Peter 3:16)

God was instructing His children, the Israelites, by these prescribed sacrifices in these chapters of Leviticus.   Each time they offered an innocent animal for a sin of ignorance, they had a visual aid helping them to change their behavior and their consciences were strengthened!  (Leviticus 4:29)  Their godly sorrow brought them to confess their sin and offer the sacrifice of blood.  (Leviticus 5:5,6)  These prescribed sacrifices could only be offered for sins that were not intentional.

The Holy Spirit convicts us when we sin to prompt us to willingly 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 (covering) for our sins and bore them on the Cross!  We can “intentionally” be made clean from our “unintentional sins”!  Praise the Lord!   God in His grace has provided everything we need for salvation and cleansing of guilt from sins done in ignorance.

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Dealing with Sin and Guilt

Scripture reading for February 3rd: Leviticus 4-7

We are wired by God with an inner moral compass called a conscience.  This conscience tells us when we are off base morally.  Sin is disobedience to God’s commands or instruction. We experience guilt feelings when we sin or violate God’s basic laws.  If we repeatedly sin and fail to take action to seek forgiveness and change our behavior, our conscience can become seared and we no longer experience guilt feelings.

God made a required way for His people to deal with unintentional sin and the resultant guilt.  They had two prescribed offerings that were specifically designed to cover sin and remove guilt.  The first offering was called the “sin offering” because of its obvious purpose.  In this offering the guilty sinner must bring a young bull without defect before the Lord and present it at the door of the Tent of Meeting.  He must lay his hand on the bull’s head and then slaughter it.  The anointed priest was to take blood and sprinkle it seven times before the Lord in front of the curtain in the sanctuary.  The priest then took more blood and anointed the horns of the incense altar and poured the rest of the blood out before the Lord.  The fat and kidneys were burned on the altar as an offering and the rest burned outside the camp in a clean place.

This elaborate offering for unintentional sin speaks of Jesus Christ.  He was a young man in His prime, offered before the Lord.  He poured out His blood willingly for sinners and for the guilty to cleanse them from sin and guilt.  His heart and kidneys were offered to God–perfect inner obedience and willing sacrifice!  Jesus body was offered outside the camp on Golgotha!  He went through the fires of God’s judgment on our behalf while hanging on the altar of the cross!

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19-22)

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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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