Understanding some of the Wording in God’s Word.
It “ain’t” changed through all these centuries!!
I believe one of the reasons we find ourselves in hot water at times is because we do not understand the meaning of some of the words in the Bible which have NOT changed throughout history. I imagine that as you have read the Psalms all of your life, you have read right over the wording in Psalm 32 simply classifying everything as “sin”. Certainly not a sin you would commit. (Think again. Some of this you do often never thinking about it and the reason is you do not know the Word of God well.)
Initially we are good people, Take yesterday for example. It was a “normal day” for you perhaps. Well. What does THAT mean!
You took care of your home.
You did your work at the office.
You kept up your housework.
You prepared good meals.
You trimmed the yard around your home.
You don’t smoke, drink, or curse.
You keep your clothes fit to wear and keep your family clothed.
You fix good, nourishing meals for your family.
You were faithful to the committee meeting.
You took supper to the shut in.
So with all of these “good” things that we did yesterday where does the “all have sinned” come in!
Let’s look at some words and dig deeper into God’s Word and even do some growing.
Here is one verse where these three words are used.
“I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Psa. 32:5
Thirty-one words – a lot packed into ONE verse. Did you ever think about it being anything except David being guilty of his sin with Bathsheba. More to it than what we see on the surface.
All three: SIN, TRANSGRESSIONS, INIQUITY are sin. They start out as “sin”. A sin is a sin. But then after a fashion each one takes on a bit different twist.
SIN: Missed the mark. Failed to do something I knew was right. This leads to transgressions.
TRANSGRESSIONS: These come from someone who crosses the line intentionally or unintentionally. Peter transgressed when he denied Jesus. (Luke 22:34, 56-67)
INIQUITY: is more deep-rooted. premeditated. It is continued without repentance. David’s sin with Bathsheba when he had Uriah killed. 2 Samuel 11:3,4. David cries out in Psalm 51. Some places you may read of a “cup of Iniquity”. It is the build up of unrepentant sin
1. Have you ever run a stop sign?
2. Have you ever told a lie?
It makes no difference what your reasoning was for telling it. The fact remains you told it. Or, didn’t say anything, at a time when your silence DID say something. How many times have you said, “I really don’t know what they meant by what they said.” It was an answer but not really true. You did know. You just didn’t want to get involved deeply. Or you are trying to keep peace which a person cannot in any way, shape or form do.
In the Word we are not told to “keep” the peace. That is because you can’t “KEEP” the peace. We are told to “MAKE” the peace. “Blessed are the Peacemakers.”
In peace “keeping”, we do nothing with the festered sore, except patch it up. In peace “making” we lovingly lay out on the table the problem at hand and the two sides work together to get rid of the infection, and healing begins.
3. Have you ever disregarded an authority?
Years ago. Perhaps while still in school. Did you see someone do something or say something and you knew they were disregarding authority?
SUMMARY: It makes no difference what, when where, or why. Jesus Christ died for all of your sins, past, present and future. He died once for all. Nothing amounts to a hill of beans except John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” and 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all sin.”
Are you remembering there is the rest of that verse which reads, “If we say we have not sinned we make Him a liar and His Word is not in us.” Ouch!
Enough for this time.
“It’s not how much Scripture you know, it is how much Scripture you live”