Tuesday, July 21, 2009
It's all Greek to Me
I am thankful the Lord does not treat us as we deserve.
He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:10
I have always associated sin and iniquity as synonymous. According to Vine’s Concise Dictionary of the Bible:
The Greek word for sin when used as a noun is ‘awen – (iniquity, vanity, sorrow.) ‘Awen’ may be a general term for a crime or offense or falsehood.
The Greek word for iniquity when used as a noun is ‘awon’ – (iniquity, guilt, punishment.) The word signifies an offense, intentional or not against God’s law
A person could construe that our pride, arrogance, conceit and ego are sins we carry rather than carry out. We all have the capability to act upon our sinful nature.
Iniquity also means sin but encompasses actions beyond the sin. Iniquity is an act of intentional offense. In other words we know we’re sinning and we do it anyway. I don’t know about you but I have to ask God for forgiveness in this area more often than the other.
Now stay with me here as I learn to discern. Psalm 103: 10 is comforting and motivating to me. It reaffirms the love our God has for us.
Thank you for reading my novice efforts to be a teacher and a writer. Lord willing He will take over and make my words appealing and productive.
Until then, Lord willin’