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Bemidbar (Numbers) 5:6 “Speak to the children of Yisrael, When a man or woman commits any sin that men commit in trespass against Yahweh, and that being is guilty, then they shall confess their sin which they have done. And he shall restore his guilt in its principal, plus one-fifth of it, and give it to whom he has been guilty.” There are a number of facts with regards to confession and repentance that may be seen quite clearly when these words are studied at close range.

  • Confession is a mitzvah (commandment). It is therefore a sin not to confess one’s sins!
  • Confession is about remorse (sincere sorrow) in the heart over words or deeds that are specifically against the will and the Word of Yahweh.
  • Primarily, confession needs only to be done in private, but when other people have been affected negatively by our sin, steps should be taken to compensate abundantly, and to the best of our abilities.
  • The main purpose of confession is to turn back from sinful actions and being restored with our fellow-men, as well as Yahweh.
  • Confession is something that should be done purposefully and audibly. In Scriptures, the word “yadah” (“confess”) is never used to indicate an invisible or inaudible action.
  • Confession should be accompanied by the resolution not to commit the same sin again.
  • The mitzvah of confession falls within the principle that sin should never prevail – we should never be satisfied to remain in sin or just passively accept that we are sinners.
  • The commandment of confession is a positive commandment to humble oneself as a deliberate action to counter the sinful attitude of pride and arrogance.

Tehillim (Ps) 51:2 Wash me completely from my guilt, And cleanse me from my sin.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is trustworthy and righteous to forgive us the sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Mark 1:5 And all the country of Yehudah, and those of Yerushalayim, went out to him and were all immersed by him in the Yarden river, confessing their sins.

  • Confession is the only way in which we can get rid of the guilt that goes along with sinning and transgressing the commandments of Yahweh.
  • Sincere confession takes us out of the realm of unrighteousness and puts us right back in the presence of Yahweh and his righteousness.
  • Confession is what is needed to be washed clean and purified, having been defiled by the contamination of sin.
  • Being part of the set-apart people of Yahweh, and living a life of set-apartness, is something that needs to be serviced and maintained by regular confession.
  • Confession and what it entails, is symbolised in a tangible way (Afr. “tasbaar” en “sigbaar”) by being immersed in the Name of Y’shua Messiah.

Acts 13:38 Let it therefore be known to you, brothers, that through this One forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.

Ephesians 4:32 And be kind towards one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as Elohim also forgave you in Messiah.

  • The need for confession and the seriousness of sin is not removed by what Y’shua has done.
  • Y’shua being the perfect Lamb of Elohim who took our sins upon Him, gives new meaning to our confession and provides certainty of forgiveness.
  • Confession is the beginning of a process that may bring us to a very important place in our lives: the place where we can truly forgive others.