Leviticus 5:17 Being Held Responsible

If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible. Leviticus 5:17

When something good is going on, people like to be responsible for it. They like to take credit for doing good, whether it is something small or great.

On the flipside, when something negative is occurring, most people do not like to take any responsibility for it. Very few people want to admit that they did something wrong and will do everything they can to blame it on someone else or some other circumstance.

God told the people that if anyone sins against God, even if the sin was not known by the person, he will be guilty and held responsible.

Prior to being a believer, a person does not know what is or is not a sin. He is just living life in the only way he knows how to live.

Once becoming a believer, he begins to understand what sin is and does his best to avoid it. However, even as a believer, one does not always know what is a sin and what is not. As one grows and matures in the Lord, he learns more and more of what God expects of him, what is sin and what is not.

Regardless of whether one knows whether something is a sin or not, he will still be held responsible by God for his actions. Once he understands that something was a sin, he must be willing own it, instead of blaming others, and to repent of it and seek God’s forgiveness.

God is ready and willing to forgive anyone of any sins. The only way He can forgive is when the person chooses to own up to the sin and repent of it.

No matter how long you have been a believer, there will be times you will sin against God. Do not allow yourself to blame others or circumstances for your sins. No one or nothing can make you sin. It was you who chose to do the sin, not someone else.

The moment you realized that you had chosen to step into sin, change your heart and repent of it before God. He is ready to forgive you of your sins the moment you repent.

Ask God to reveal to you any hidden sins in your life and repent of them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to show you any sin in your life; that you will repent from your heart of any sin against God; and that God will strengthen you to be responsible for your choices.

Leviticus 4:2 Non-Premeditated Sins

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.