Unintentional Sins

Scripture: Leviticus 4:27, ‘If a member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, he is guilty.’


Observations: In chapter 4 God outlines the sin offering. However, it’s important to note that this is ‘unintentional sin,’ as opposed to someone who deliberately does what they know is wrong. When they become aware of their sin, they must bring an offering to make atonement for their sin (v28-31). Chapter 5 gives four examples of ‘unintentional sins:’ someone may not speak up in another’s defence (v1); or if they touch anything ceremonially clean (v2); or if they touch human uncleanness (v3); or if they thoughtlessly swear an oath (v4). Even though they may be unaware of what has happened they are guilty, and as soon as they become aware they must make atonement for their sin.


Application: The truth is that God wants us to be holy, and holy in his eyes, not our own. The reality is that we fall short of God’s perfect standard in ways that we aren’t even aware of. We need to confess the sin that we unintentionally commit as well. Thankfully, Jesus has atoned for all of our sin through his death on the cross – the sins of our past, present and future, as well as those who commit deliberately or unintentionally, the sin we are aware of as well as those we aren’t. But the point is that when we do something wrong unintentionally, it is still wrong. Just because it’s unintentional doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. How do you respond when you find out you have unintentionally hurt someone?


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You are holy and I am far from holy. Lord, I know the many ways in which I fail and fall short, and I know that there are many more things of which I am unaware. Lord, reveal to me the ways in which I dishonour You, that I may repent of those things. Lord, fill me with Your Spirit that I might become more like Your Son, Jesus Christ my Lord. In His name I pray. Amen.

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