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“Today” is the day for faith!

Scripture reading for February 19th:  Leviticus 4-7, Hebrews 3

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 3:12-14 “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” 

Unbelief is a deadly sin and God sees it as evil.  It always leads people away from God and into greater darkness.  It hardens the heart and deceives our minds.  Believers are to exhort one another to keep the faith and hold fast our confidence in Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin.  “Today” is the only day we have to live by faith.  Tomorrow may be too late!  We will stand before God and answer.

Faith Confession and prayer:  I hold on to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the only way of salvation.  Lord help me to be watchful over my life and others, exhorting myself and them to hold fast to faith in God’s promise through Jesus.

Leviticus 6:27-30  “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 and kill the sin offering in the place of burnt offering.  And the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and put it on the horns of the altar. . .”

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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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