My Lent Words 3: simply sin

Hatta is translated by the word sin. It refers to specific instances of short-coming.

‘For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors…’ (Isaiah 53:12b)

‘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)

When King David was confronted by the prophet Nathan with the story of the lamb he cries out ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ (2 Samuel 12:13a)

What have I given up? Nothing really. I’m still the same fallen sinner today as I was at the start of lent.

But I’m still the same loved child of God.

If you, like me, are struggling with the everydayness of your humanity, giving up something for a few holy days is not going to get us very far. Maybe giving up on sin will help. Pleading mitigating circumstances, ignorance or any other excuse will not impress God. But the good new is that he does listen when we just confess and ask for forgiveness.

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