Secret Faults & Presumptuous Sins-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Psalms 19:12-14

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

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EL pen Logo with heartWelcome to Chicklit Power and our Coffee Hour. If you’re new to our blog, you’ve come right in the midst of our November’s WOW, which stands for weapons of warfare and words of wisdom. It’s a time of month where we take a verse, or two, of scripture and really chew on it. So that being said, this is the third part of it so you may want to scroll up to Tuesday’s blog so you don’t feel like you are jumping in the midst of a pool of confusion! Grab your coffee and come on in. We are about to get to the presumptuous sins but we have to finish up with secret faults! And no, this isn’t a steamy chapter out of an R rated book! 🙂

So now to answer this question: Is there a big jump between errors and secret faults? Was David distinguishing between the two? Let’s check out the Hebrew translation for errors and then we can get to the wrap-up of the whole “secret faults” context.

So I found a “Biblical Study of Sin” on this very issue and after confirming definitions in the Hebrew concordance, I just have to take a couple of excerpts out of it to hopefully shed some light on the ever so slight difference(s):

Error, translated to “shigiah” refers to “sins of ignorance under the Mosaic law.” The author of this study goes on to say, and I’ll paraphrase for clarity’s sake — that while there may be a lot of middle ground between complete ignorance and absolute arrogance in our own experiences and from our own point of view, in God’s perfect way of looking at things, there is no gray area at all. Either we are essentially deceived in our sinning as Eve was – and he distinguishes hers as a sin of ignorance — or we sin in full knowledge that what we are doing is wrong as Adam did – and he refers to Adam’s sin as one of arrogance. Oh, dear, we best not go there, because that sounds like an opinion that we could really get lost in for a while. One thing for sure is this: whether a sin of ignorance or arrogance, the result is guilt.

He goes on to describe that the word “errors” refers to sins which are on the impulsive side and which are not crimes or willful violations of God’s known will.

Well to me, that wasn’t very clear, but I continued to read:

“That is to say, it” – the “error” – “is more than an ‘honest mistake’ – but it is a sin.” And I love the example he gives: “like a lie of no great consequence that you didn’t have to tell but you let slip out for convenience sake or the like and immediately forgot about.

What it comes down to is that whether an error or a secret fault, they both required the death of Jesus for atonement. They both beg for the reality of the necessity of the love and grace of Christ!

We will move on to “presumptuous sins” next week! For now, think on this thought and answer this question: When Godly people do ungodly things, do you compound it with an error or a secret fault?


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