What does it mean to be human? Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, humanity has struggled with the urge to rebel against God. It is in our very nature to sin. So how do we live up to the commandments of loving God and loving others?
The Bible Project gives us an overview of three “Bad Words” in the Bible: Sin, Transgression, and Iniquity. Sin, or “khata” in Hebrew, is a failure to love God and love others by not treating them as they deserve. It is acting for our own benefit at the expense of others. But there is hope. We are offered the extraordinary gift of forgiveness and eternal life, because Jesus paid the price for our sin.
The second word is Transgression, or “pesha” in Hebrew, and occurs when there is a violation of trust between two people or groups. God created us to have relationships and to love one another. As it says in John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” It is only with compassion that we can fight our urge to commit “pesha” against each other.
Last is Iniquity, or “avon” in Hebrew, which depicts crooked behavior and its consequences. God brings attention to our iniquity by simply letting us sit in our actions and confront our brokenness. There are countless ways we can commit sin, transgression, and iniquity against one another, but there is hope in the cross.
THIS WEEK’S RESOURCE: Video Playlist
- How do you feel about the idea that Sin is genetic and inborn as opposed to a matter of will?
- What have you been taught regarding to Hell and damnation? Even more so, what have you come to infer about them through half-thoughts, and the topic being taboo?
- How have you perceived the relationship between your behavior and something rebellious?
- Where do you see rebellion, active or passive, in your life today? What’s going on there?
- If “we are no longer slaves to sin” then why do we do it?
This week’s worship music:
“More Than Enough” by Jesus Culture
“Build My Life” by Pat Barrett
“One Thing Remains” by Jesus Culture