The Day Moses Broke All Ten Commandments
I’m not sure if we admit it as much as we used to, but we all sin pretty regularly.
For those who recognize the authority of Scripture, sin is defined by two words: transgression & iniquity. Transgression is the crossing of a line, the outward act of sin. Iniquity is the inner motivation, our fleshly bent toward sin. (The good news is that Jesus was both wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquity!)
Even if a person refuses to accept God’s word as the standard of right and wrong, there is still a “sin” issue. When he/she chooses to do something that, in their own mind, they believe they shouldn’t do, that action is transgressing their own sense of morality. By their own conscience they have done wrong.
The point is, we sin.
One day God met with Moses on Mt. Sinai and wrote (literally with His finger) ten commandments into stone tablets. Moses carried these tablets down the mountain to present them to the people; however, the people of Israel were dancing with another god – one they had made.
Outraged at the people’s hardened hearts, Moses threw the tablets to the ground, breaking all Ten Commandments in one day! Haha. But, seriously, Moses was visually demonstrating what had actually happened. The commandments were indeed broken.
I hate sinning. But I still do. I say the wrong things, think the wrong things, and do the wrong things.
We all do.
And we know it.
So, what does God think about you when you sin? Look how He responded to Moses:
“The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”” Exodus 34:6-7 ESV
To penitent sinners He is a God of mercy. To rebellious sinners He is a God of judgment.
The fact is you sin. The question is, are you honestly acknowleging your need for God’s mercy?
I recently heard this statement: “When you sin you don’t fall from grace, you fall into it.”
Today you can come to God without fear. He is merciful and gracious. Not only will He forgive you, He will set you free.
A little ouch and a lot of Amen to what you shared Pastor Dale. Thank you.
Thank you for the clear explaination of the difference between transgression and iniquity – that was an ah ha moment!