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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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