Thursday, 4 June 2020
Question of the day: In Exodus 34, Moses is making the second set of Tablets. What did Moses hear with his ears when he ascended onto the mountain?
Answer: Moses heard these words (which are repeated in several places throughout history. Exodus 34:6-7 "Then Adonai passed before him, and proclaimed, 'Adonai, Adonai, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness and truth, showing mercy to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, yet by no means leaving the guilty unpunished, but bringing the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, to the third and fourth generation.'"
There are 3 types of sins being forgiven. Each has a distinct Hebrew word. iniquity (
Avon is unholy action and punishment for unholy action. It speaks of perversity and depravity. Pesha is also unholy action, but connected to rebellion or a rebellious attitude. Chatah is also unholy action, but more of an ordinary sin. It means "missing the mark."
All sin is transgression of the Law. All three types of sin are interconnected, but there are distinctives. Instead of focusing on the different types of sin, maybe we should focus on the one type of repentance in Messiah Yeshua. Yeshua made the way out (which is why He chose Matza, which is the bread of the Exodus) to symbolize His body at communion.
Psalm 119:34-35 "Give me understanding, that I may keep Your Torah and observe it with all my heart. Help me walk in the path of Your mitzvot - for I delight in it."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,