Consider The Seriousness
Read Hebrews Chapter 9
Heb 9:7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.
Willfully sinning against our Holy God is a serious thing. Anyone who takes that lightly just hasn’t studied the bible for very long. This short passage clearly reveals that willful sins are serious. How does it do that? By showing that sins committed in ignorance are serious. Why would the high priest have to offer sacrifices for sins committed unknowingly? We won’t be able to answer that question, but we can say without any reservation that if God commanded it, there is a good reason. Our Father knows what is important and what is not. He has decreed that sins committed in ignorance are serious. Therefore, they are.
The Old Testament has many references on that issue. Here are but a few.
Lev 4:2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘When anyone sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’S commands— 3 “ ‘If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he must bring to the LORD a young bull without defect as a sin offering for the sin he has committed.
Lev 4:13 “ ‘If the whole Israelite community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’S commands, even though the community is unaware of the matter, they are guilty. 14 When they become aware of the sin they committed, the assembly must bring a young bull as a sin offering and present it before the Tent of Meeting.
Lev 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.
Okay, we have now clearly established that God deems unintentional sins a serious matter. No longer can we shrug off our intentional sins as unimportant. We now know, beyond any question, that our unholy same-sex acts and lusts are an offense to our God, our Lord and Savior. Knowing that, we can no longer offer any excuses for our behaviors. In our churches of today, the pendulum has swung too far away from the seriousness of sin. We have misused and misinterpreted God’s grace so that we do not have to think that our rebellion is of any significance.
Fortunately, we have a Savior who not only forgives us of our unintentional misdeeds, He also forgives us of our willful sins. However, as we have studied on other days, repentance is necessary to obtain His forgiveness. We must no longer think of our sins in a flippant, apathetic way. We must know that they are serious, and we must come before Him in complete submission, humility, and repentance. We are indeed fortunate that we do have a merciful, loving, Lord who is willing to give us His righteousness as our passport to life and eternal bliss.
Let’s never take His mercy for granted, but instead thank Him every day for His grace. And let us remember that He deserves more from us than just a passing consideration of the seriousness of our transgressions. He deserves every ounce of our love and loyalty, which gives us all the incentive we need to live holy, pure lives before Him.
Prayer: Oh, Lord, how I have fallen short in regard to this message. I have taken my sins lightly way too often, much more often than I have considered the seriousness of them. Forgive me, and lead me to a better understanding of Your truth, Your ways, and Your will for my life.