Lessons of Life to live according to the Will of the Almighty.
If you don’t do what you know is right, you have sinned. James 4:17
How serious can be sins by accidentally, by naivety, or even by omission; and how they can affect the development of the spiritual life of a child of faith?
Spiritually, ignoring is not an excuse, nor avoids judgment, or punishment. But unfortunately becomes legal right for darkness to operate against the faith of those who seek to act according to the will of the Lord.
Even earthly laws based on not necessarily spiritual principles have recognized that disregard or ignoring the law does not exempt anyone from compliance, and therefore does not serve as an excuse to evade punishment.
A biblical case that confirms and helps us to understand about this situation, is the case of the three years of famine that the country suffered during the reign of David; Famine that apparently had no reason to be, it turned out that was caused by an action of King Saul, predecessor of David, due an action against the Gibeonites.
And there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David inquired of Jehovah. And Jehovah said, It is for Saul, and for [his] house of blood, because he slew the Gibeonites. 2 Samuel 21:1
David and his people were unaware of the existence of such a situation, however it affected them as much as if they themselves had provoked.
Sins by mistake, by naïveté, or by omission, proper or familiar, can be as disastrous as those caused under the knowledge of the laws that forbid them.
One might think that the subject is an academic subject, proper only to scholars, to exegetes, or to teachers of the theological faculties.
But no, it is not. It is a simple theme that applies to the most neophytes in the Word. I proceed to explain it to you.
One day reading the text of Matthew 12 I was confronted with the following text,
He that is not with me is against me, and he that gathers not with me scatters. Matthew 12:30
And the times I had read it, I had seen in the, He who is not with me, an enemy openly declared against God. That day I was confronted with the fact that such a text refers to sins by mistake, by ignorance and/or by omission.
It is not that they are aware that they are against God; it is that they have made mistakes in ignorance or omission, and they do not know it.
Revisiting the text of Matthew 12 we will realize that the text lists the consequences of being against Him, and being scattered the harvest.
31For this reason I say unto you, Every sin and injurious speaking shall be forgiven to men, but speaking injuriously of the Spirit shall not be forgiven to men. 32And whosoever shall have spoken a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever shall speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age nor in the coming [one]…36But I say unto you, that every idle word which men shall say, they shall render an account of it in judgment-day: 37for by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
The text refers to at least four situations that may be incurred, and not realize the error caused.
- Blaspheme against the Holy Spirit; that is, to attribute the activity to the Holy Spirit when in reality it is a demonic activity; or on the contrary, to identify demonic participation when in reality it is the work of the Holy Spirit.
- Speak against the Holy Spirit, that is, oppose argument contrary to the prophetically established.
- Speak idly, that is, talk without meaning, without purpose, and
- Condemn, or justify, according to the words that everyone speaks.
I confess that this scared me, because I immediately asked myself, How many times have I been, or am still, against Him, and I have not known?
What does the Word tell us about how to work these situations?
Going back to the text of Matthew 12,
33Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt. For from the fruit the tree is known. 34Offspring of vipers! how can ye speak good things, being wicked? For of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35The good man out of the good treasure brings forth good things; and the wicked man out of the wicked treasure brings forth wicked things.
The remedy is, first of all, make the tree good,
Either make the tree good, for from the fruit the tree is known.
How can a bad tree become a good tree? Simple, for the land where it is planted. The tree is the result of the terrain. We read it in the Scriptures,
21And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith Jehovah, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; 22and the earth shall hear the corn, and the new wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jizreel. Hosea 2:21, 22
Notice the order, the earth responds to what is sown, to what is sown by man.
A bad production is not the result of a bad seed, not even of an inadequate sower, it is the product of a poor land; that’s why we now understand, God’s regulation of letting the earth rest,
34Then shall the land enjoy its sabbaths all the days of the desolation, when ye are in your enemies’ land; then shall the land rest, and enjoy its sabbaths. Leviticus 26:34
Then, make the tree good, means changing the land that is feeding the tree. Where are we feeding spiritually?
Now, the second remedy is, burn the bad nature of the heart. Or, according Matthew 12, burn the bad man. Let’s look at the rest of the text of Matthew 12,
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
The text asks a question,
how can ye, being evil, speak good things?
The answer comes thru the establishment of truth proposed in the next verse,
an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
This means that even when the person pretends to speak well, the nature of their heart turns the good of their words into evil.
Translated into our approach, it means that planting in good soil is not a guarantee of change, it is necessary to make additional character adjustments.
This leads us to revise the provisions in the Law of Moses about errors by accidentally,
The Lord told Moses 2to say to the community of Israel: Offer a sacrifice to ask forgiveness when you sin by accidentally doing something I have told you not to do. Leviticus 4:1, 2
The whole chapter 4 deals with the matter, treating the situation according to the dignity of the person who erred, but in all of them it stands out,
the priest will remove the fat from the bull and shall burn them on the altar of burnt-offering.…
What does it mean burn the fat?
It means burning the bad man, this of course, so that he does not continue to take the bad things out of the bad treasure.
The instructions of the Law were not simple ritual, they had the purpose of every time that a sacrifice of such nature was presented, the entrails of the bad man, of whose abundance speaks the mouth, shall burn, and a good man was emerging in his place.
This means that it is a personal decision, individual and non-transferable.
It also stands out in the reading of Leviticus 4,
and the sin wherewith they have sinned against it have become known …
Here the remedy is completed for sin by accidentally, by ignorance or by omission.
What if we are against Him and we are scattering?
It is necessary to review all the decisions taken and all the actions developed. Activities, plans, projects, arguments, words, thoughts, everything must be reviewing, without exception.
In the review of the facts we will discover details of things that we incur, naively, without the intention to injury someone, nor with hypocrisy, but that placed us against Him, and worse, scattering that He gave us. That is the time to burn the fat on the altar.
Knowledge that must derive from all this is, the growth and spiritual development according to the faith does not depend on good intentions, not even on the purity of the heart; It depends on not trespassing on the spiritual principles on which the Kingdom of God is built.
Sins by accidentally, by naïveté, or by omission, proper or familiars, can be as disastrous as those caused under the knowledge of the laws that forbid them.
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