Sin is still sin even if you are not aware of it. If you don’t happen to regard something as wrong, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right. It is not my aim today to point out what is sinful and what is not. My aim is to point out that if you have come to realise that you have been, or still are, guilty of sin either intentionally or unintentionally, then that’s a start! Jesus came to show those who knew they were sinful how to repent and live for and in the kingdom of God.
Leviticus 4:27-31 NLT
“If any of the common people sin by violating one of the Lord’s commands, but they don’t realise it, they are still guilty. When they become aware of their sin, they must bring as an offering for their sin a female goat with no defects. They must lay a hand on the head of the sin offering and slaughter it at the place where burnt offerings are slaughtered. Then the priest will dip his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar for burnt offerings. He will pour out the rest of the blood at the base of the altar. Then he must remove all the goat’s fat, just as he does with the fat of the peace offering. He will burn the fat on the altar, and it will be a pleasing aroma to the Lord. Through this process, the priest will purify the people, making them right with The Lord, and they will be forgiven.
Mark 2:14-17 NLT
As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him. Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum? ” When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Back when the Law was first written down, although they practiced ritual animal sacrifice, the principle of realising guilt and confessing sin before receiving forgiveness was the same. The sacrifice was simply a way of physically and financially demonstrating the significance of repentance. These days as Christians we can follow Jesus’s example and obey God’s word. My goal is to begin the process of following Jesus every morning with a new confession and a new repentance. My hope is to start each day with a fresh forgiveness from God.
Leviticus 4:1-5:19, Mark 2:13-3:6, Psalms 36:1-12, Proverbs 10:1-2