Ignorance Is No Excuse

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

   “If anyone sins, doing any of the things that by the LORD’s commandments ought not to be done, though he did not know it, then realizes his guilt, he shall bear his iniquity. He shall bring to the priest a ram without blemish out of the flock, or its equivalent for a guilt offering, and the priest shall make atonement for him for the mistake that he made unintentionally, and he shall be forgiven. It is a guilt offering; he has indeed incurred guilt before the LORD.” — Leviticus 5:17-19 ESV

Coty Pinckney helps us understand:

We might summarize these three verses by using the phrase, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse!” Here a person has violated God’s commands unwittingly, because he didn’t properly understand the law. But he can’t use ignorance as an excuse! He is responsible for knowing and following God’s commands.

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