My Lent Words 2: Hide my iniquity

I’m beginning Lent 2008 by thinking about three sin words. This is the second.

Awon is translated by the words sin, wickedness or iniquity, often with a focus on guilt and punishment. Whilst pesa is a state of rebellion, awon is a human condition like an illness. It comes from a root word which means to bend, or bend double.

‘I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.’ (Psalm 38:6)

‘Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.’ (Psalm 51:1,2)

On the one hand, we have chosen a state of rebellion. On the other hand we have sin like a sickness or addiction. We cannot cure ourselves. Only by turning to God and asking that in his compassion he would heal us can we find any treatment or relief. God looks on us with compassion. He can see the ugliness. He is always willing to wash the sores. He has put the cure within us and it is working.

Now that’s good news.

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