Daily Bale for April 2, 2011

Today was a full Saturday, but easy to delineate:

Worked on the Astro van in the morning.

Did federal and state taxes in the afternoon, as well as make sure things are ready for services tomorrow.

Helped with the kids in the evening, as Trish had a bad headache.

Finished things up for Sunday services.

For my daily Bible reading, among other passages I read Leviticus 5. Note these verses–

If a person sins and does any of the things which the Lord has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment…he was certainly guilty before the Lord.

In connection with chapter 4, these chapters detail the sacrifices for “unintentional” sins. This illustrates the purpose of the law–to make sin known. This also sets forth the nature of sin–ignorance of the law does not remove culpability.

Along this line also consider these different passages–

“Acquit me of hidden faults” (Ps 19:12)

“Our secret sins in the light of Your presence” (Ps 90:8)

“see if there be any hurtful way in me” (Ps 139:23-24)

“God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether good or evil” (Eccl 12:14)

“The Lord will bring to light the things hiddden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts” (1 Cor 4:5)

“God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus” (Rom 2:16)

I am thankful that Christ is my sacrifice for all my sin, but from Lev 4-5 I must not forget that all sin is sin, brings guilt, requires payment, and demands confession and repentance. I cannot have a glib, carefree attitude when I become aware of sin that I unknowingly committed. I must take personal responsibility for my sin (“lay my hand on its head”), confess such, and repent of it.

I will only know the sin in my life as I learn God’s character and will as revealed in Scripture; as I prayerfully ask God to examine me; as I walk in the Spirit.

God, as your child, help me to grow in holiness and thereby have a greater love for righteousness and a proportionally greater sensitivity to and abhorrence of sin. Make me more aware of my transgressions; grant me the grace of repentance; and thank you for Jesus Christ who died for me.

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