Sinning unknowingly is still sinning

Leviticus Bible Background

02.08.2017 – Old Testament: Lev 5.14–19

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 4–6 on February 8, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

If we sin, but do not know the word of God, does that release us from guilt of that sin? No, although the Lord does not treat it the same as sinning knowing that it is sin,

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “If a person commits a trespass, and sins unintentionally in regard to the holy things of the LORD, then he shall bring to the LORD as his trespass offering a ram without blemish from the flocks, with your valuation in shekels of silver according to the shekel of the sanctuary, as a trespass offering. And he shall make restitution for the harm that he has done in regard to the holy thing…If a person sins, and commits any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD, though he does not know it, yet he is guilty and shall bear his iniquity…the priest shall make atonement for him regarding his ignorance in which he erred and did not know it, and it shall be forgiven him. It is a trespass offering; he has certainly trespassed against the LORD” (Leviticus 5.14–19). 

The action is still the action whether we know that it violates the will of God or not. Therefore, the Jews then and the world today and Christians today, still need to seek the Lord’s forgiveness.


  • Have you done something that later you found out was sin?
  • Have you sought the Lord’s forgiveness for all your sins?

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