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Leviticus 6-7:27

O.K. something must have been lost in the translation. How does one do the following unintentionally:

If anyone sins and commits a trespass against the Lord and deals falsely with his neighbor in a matter of deposit given him to keep, or of bargain or pledge, or of robbery, or has oppressed his neighbor, Or has found what was lost and lied about it, or swears falsely, in any of all the things which men do and sin in so doing, Then if he has sinned and is guilty, he shall restore what he took by robbery, or what he secured by oppression or extortion, or what was delivered him to keep in trust, or the lost thing which he found,
(Leviticus 6:2-4 AMP)

If a guilt offering is offered for “unintentional” sin, how can what is being described in this above passage be considered unintentional? Something MUST have been lost/missed in translating the Hebrew to English. How can one be devious and not know that what you are doing is wrong? The mere fact that people cover up their deeds with lies and “smoke” and “mirrors” gives witness to the fact that they knew that what they did was wrong. Maybe the “unintentional” refers to unintentional until I am “busted” or caught by someone else or my conscience.

In reading several translations of Leviticus 5:14-19, which is right above the King James Translation makes a little more sense; however, the passage states that this “guilt” or trespass offering is for those who have “ignorance of the holy things.”

And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, If a soul commit a trespass, and sin through ignorance, in the holy things of the LORD; then he shall bring for his trespass unto the LORD a ram without blemish out of the flocks, with thy estimation by shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for a trespass offering: (Leviticus 5:14-15 KJV)

Yet, after hearing the Law, how can one plead ignorance? Beware OYB journeymen and women the more you read, the more you are held accountable for and the less you can claim “ignorance.”

While I chew on the above, I am pleasantly surprised to have confirmed for me that sin and trespass are not one and the same, a trespass is a sin but all sin is not a trespass. According to my friend, Mr/Dr. Strong the Hebrew word translated into our English is:

4604
מעל
ma‛al
mah'-al
From H4608; treachery, that is, sin: - falsehood, grievously, sore, transgression, trespass, X very.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Hi Mike

I hope you read these comments Mike because there is something that I have to say. First off, my wife and I love your blog and enjoy reading it everyday but at times we need to discuss things you mention...like today. You mentioned that in todays scriptures, many people followed Jesus and they are continuing to follow Him today. I agree 100% but not in the way you make it to be. So called "Christians" today "follow" Jesus to have something from Him and not to give Him. They followed Jesus because he was healing people (to make a point) but that's all they wanted from Him. Today is all for the same reason..."what can I get from Jesus...oh poor me!!". A great example of this is when he fed the 5 thousand. What did they do...of course they followed him, so that they could get more (as the scriptures indicate). Today...same thing. I've been in big churches and see this time and time again. There is a reason why Jesus said "small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life and but a few will find it". Let's go back to the depression days, or even present situation like Haiti...who will follow Jesus then. How many will show up the next day to worship Jesus in a field in 100 degree heat instead of their numerous programed and comfortable churches, go eat at Denny's for lunch and return to their comfortable houses. When these worldly things are gone...the true Christians will worship and continue to follow Jesus because of who He is....God.

Guy

This may sound nitpicky, pedantic or as quibbling over semantics, but I'd like to make a point about:
'"Anyone who eats blood must be cut off from the community." This was commanded for 3 reasons...'

I think those are three purposes that were achieved by obeying that commandment. The REASONS for the commandment, though, actually were in the mind of the Lord and as He did not choose to explain His reasons for commanding what He did, we can only speculate. The real reason for following this or any other commandment was simply "Because God said so." That's still as valid a reason for obeying the commandments we're subject to as it ever was. There's a pitfall in trying to explain away various commandments in the Bible according the the reasons we think God gave them. If we decide that the reason he gave it was due to some local circumstance the Bible people were in, we may say "It's not like that now," so we don't have to worry about following that one now. We've just put our judgment above God's. That's not good. Paul explained to us in Colossians 2:14 why we Christians don't need to follow regulations such as this one today: "[Jesus] having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross." In fact, there are a number of sects today that still believe that blood must not be eaten because of what was said in the letter from the Jerusalem Council to the believers in Antioch: "You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell." (Acts 15:29) However, note that this originated in James' personal judgment, as recorded in Acts 15:13-21.

At any rate, we need to be cautious about saying God commanded something "BECAUSE..." :-)

28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

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