Say to the Israelites: When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands–Exodus 4:2
Laws of the land have rules concerning whether violent crimes are done with premeditation or not. This is often considered in cases of physical harm or death of a person. The punishment is much greater for any crime that is premeditated, that is pre-planned prior to doing it.
Some things are done in the heat of the moment, out of anger and rage or out of reaction to some other action. Punishment in these cases are not as harsh.
God begins to give Moses a set of commands as to what a person has to do when he sins unintentionally.
Everyone will sin at some point in their life and will continue to do sins. Once a person becomes a believer this does not stop, but does begin to make a person aware of what sin is and what he should do or not do. At this point he begins to be more accountable for his own actions.
Very often people will sin out of habit or just in the heat of the moment without much thought put into it making it unintentional. As soon as he realizes that he sinned, he can go before God in repentance and receive forgiveness.
There are times, however, that a person sits and thinks about doing some sin, knowing that it is sin and wrong to do. Or he does the sin with the mindset that God will forgive him afterwards. When this is done, his sin is premeditated and intentional.
Under the Old Testament law, there is no sacrifice available for forgiveness of intentional sins. Believers need to strive to not tempt God in this way. The heart needs to be changed and true sorrow for the sin to be forgiven. Jesus is ready to forgive all sins, if the heart is repentant.
God has forgiven you of all sins when you repented. Seek to live in such a way as to not sit and premeditate on doing a sin. Strive to live in holiness as God has called you to live.
Sin should never be a normal and acceptable part of your life, but one done in the heat of the moment, if it must be done. Put God and His commands above your desire for a temporary sin against Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will seek to obey all of God’s commands; that you will repent of any sins you have done against God; and that you will know God’s power to overcome all sin in your life.