Tikkun America RESTORE Magazine Issue 14 Tishrei | October 2022 - Page 8

Sin ... the world ’ s first dirty word .
As early as chapter 3 of Genesis , sin has already left its mark and corroded the perfection of creation . And even before Adam had breathed his first breath , the deceiver Satan had broken ranks in rebellion and sin against God , taking a third of the angels with him .
Though a literal definition of sin can mean “ missing the mark ”, the consequences of sin are much more severe than a simple “ miss take ” or “ mistake ’. Scriptures show that sin leads to physical death . But this isn ’ t the worst of it . Sin separates us from the loving relationship with our Creator . Anything that we do that is counter to God ’ s perfect law separates us from him , whether we know it or not .
It is like being stopped by a police officer and given a ticket for speeding . Perhaps you didn ’ t know that you were going over the speed limit . It was not your intention . Regardless , you are not judged by your intentions . Your ticket reflects the consequence of your action . You are guilty of the infraction even though you were unaware or your intention was innocent .
Through the provision in the sacrificial system for atonement for unintentional sins , God mercifully provided a way for Israelites to restore relationship with Him . And now , we have a perfect and complete atonement through the shed blood of Messiah Yeshua . Even though we don ’ t intend to break His law , there are times that we hurt one another or act counter to His standards .
So , what do we do with unintentional sins today ?
1 . We don ’ t realize we ’ ve stepped in it . Yet , we are still guilty . The presence of it affects our relationships . It carries a smell that others notice . We sometimes need someone else to point these out to us . If it is not addressed , we risk being shut out of the house .
2 . We step in it and recognize it .
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