Iniquity Lost in Translation.

This is the second post in this series about sin. In last week’s post, we looked at the Hebrew word sin and it’s meaning in the original language. We also looked at how the Bible actually uses three words to describe humanity’s sin problem. In this post, we will take a look at another one of those words, Iniquity.

If you’re reading this with your brain turned on, and you have a vocabulary as underdeveloped as mine. Then you’re probably wondering what that sketchy word, Iniquity, means.

The answer is a little complicated, so bear with me. If you speak more than one langue, you will know that not all languages talk about things in the same way. For instance, in Spanish, the word “squishy” doesn’t exist, so whenever they are describing a “squishy” thing, they have to talk about it in a different way. The message is the same, but different pictures or concepts are used to relay the information. In the Old Testament, the word which is most often translated to Iniquity is “Avon”. Here is a video from, the Bible project, which goes into detail about this word Avon and what it means. Don’t let the animation throw you off, these guys do a high-quality job explaining the concept.

So, why does this matter anyway? Well, when the Biblical authors were describing humanity’s sin problem they used specific words for specific reasons. These words were meant to teach us about the different ways sin affects us. For instance, the word sin is oftentimes illustrated as dirt on a white robe. This illustration shows how sin spiritually stains us. Likewise, the word Avon (Iniquity) gives us another insight into the effect of sin. It shows us that the practice of sin, not only stains us, but it also bends or deforms our, character, thoughts, heart, morals, actions, and Identity. This characteristic of sin is one of the reasons why, in the New Testament, we are taught that part of the Christian walk is to be renewed. Check it out.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will”. Romans 12:2

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 3:18

Every time I think about how God is taking the person I am now, with all the qualities that have been bent by sin, and changing me into the exact image of his son. This leaves me in a state of wonder. I hope that this post inspires you to practice righteousness, and with greater commitment, surrender your will to the will of Jesus, our Lord, God, and Savior.

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