Numbers 5: Confess to Mistakes

It is obvious that we all mess up. We all do things that we wish we had not done, and sometimes we harm other people when we mess up. Numbers chapter 5 explains how this was handled in Israel.

Num 5:6  Speak unto the children of Israel, When a man or woman shall commit any sin that men commit, to do a trespass against the LORD, and that person be guilty;

Num 5:7  Then they shall confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principal thereof, and add unto it the fifth part thereof, and give it unto him against whom he hath trespassed.

Basically, if you harm someone else, you need to own up to it and make it right.

I think that this is a pretty good guideline for how we should handle these types of conflicts in our lives. If we harm someone else, he or she will probably not be very happy about it. However, it is much easier for everyone involved to confess the mistake right away.

It is more painful to find out something later. Then, it isn’t just a problem of whatever has been done, but it is also a problem of all the lying that has probably been done to cover up that offense.

Heb 13:18  Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

We can only have a good conscience if we deal honestly with everyone around us. I know that this isn’t necessarily the uplifting Thanksgiving post that I probably should write on the day before, but it is incredibly important.

We are supposed to show people the love of Jesus here on earth. If we are lying to or deceiving our friends, our witness will not be as effective. Everything we do should ideally bring glory to God.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on November 21, 2012, in Numbers and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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