SOAP for February 17, 2015—Leviticus 4-6 “If anyone sins unintentionally, they are guilty.”
Leviticus 4:2– “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands—
Leviticus 4:13– 13“ ‘If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, when they realize their guilt 14and the sin they committed becomes known
Leviticus 4:22– 22“ ‘When a leader sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the commands of the Lord his God, when he realizes his guilt
Leviticus 4:27– “If any of the common people sin by violating one of the LORD’s commands, but they don’t realize it, they are still guilty.
Leviticus 5:15–“When anyone is unfaithful to the LORD by sinning unintentionally in regard to any of
- When we sin, not if we sin
- It does not matter that sin is unintentional, we are still guilty
- Sinning is unfaithfulness to the LORD
- When we realize our sin we must accept punishment, pay a penalty.
One way sin is referred to in the Bible is as a trespass. Trespassing is crossing a boundary. Another way sin is referred to is as falling short of a standard or goal. There is a target and the goal is to hit the absolute center. When we miss that goal in even the smallest way we are coming up short of the standard. Sin is also knowing what we ought to do and not doing it. When we cross the boundaries God has defined for us, come up short of His standards for us, or choose not to do the good that we know we should do, we sin. Jesus died for that sin—He took the rightful punishment on Himself. The Bible tells us how we cross the line, miss the mark, or don’t do what is right to do—it acts as umpire.
Sin is sin whether I realize it or not—intentional or unintentional. I am guilty. Thank You, Father, for Jesus who died for my sin. I need to know God’s heart by actively seeking after Him and reading and applying His Word in my life.
I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. (Psalm 19:12)
My heart’s desire is to be a woman pleasing to You in all my ways. Guide me by Your Spirit. Keep my heart tender toward you that I will know and recognize sin before I take that step too far.
I love You,