Our Sin Effacers


Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
~Psalm 51:1-2, NRSV


The good news of Jesus Christ is that a full forgiveness of sin is offered for all who will repent of their sin and come to HIM.
~Max Anders

As we discussed yesterday, David mentions three types of sin: [1] Transgression–violating the law [2] Iniquity–perverting and twisting truth and [3] Sin–missing the mark, coming up short. He also mentions three sin effacers: blot out, wash and cleanse. Just as the tree sins are different, the three effacers are different. Blot out is an accounting term. Picture it as having your sins posted in a ledger and God takes the blood of Jesus and blots our your sin record. Another picture would be that of a teacher using an eraser: your sins are on the black board and the teacher erases them. The term wash is a laundry term. It has to do with removing soil or dirt from clothes. Sin has a staining effect but the blood of Jesus is a mighty detergent and it washes away every stain: we are left looking as white as snow. The word cleanse is a worship or Temple term. It has to do with purification. The priest could not perform their duty until they were cleansed or purified. Whereas washing deals with our outer appearance, cleansing deals with the inward. Jesus said, Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Purification is an inside job, it begins in the heart.

The bottom line is this: God has a remedy for your sin no matter what kind.

Steve Lawson tells a story of the college freshman who went to the dorm laundry room with all his dirty clothes bundled into an old sweat shirt. He did not want anyone to see how dirty his clothes were so he did not untie the bundle. He put them in the washer bundle and all and did the same to the dryer. When he got back to his dorm room and untied the bundle, he discovered his clothes were neither clean nor dry. God doesn’t want us bringing our sins in a bundle, lay them out one by one, separate them and identify them. No, you cannot know every sin but when convicted, be honest and confess it for what it is or else you will not get cleansed, at least in your conscience.


Marines Crash in Mississippi Delta

It disturbed my peace when June told me about the deaths of 16 United States Marines who were killed on Tuesday in a plane crash. We do value the life of every MARINE and our heart and prayers go out to the grieving families. We can only imagine their sense of loss.

Investigators picked through debris across a fire-blackened soybean field Tuesday to try to determine why a U.S. military plane slammed into the ground, killing all 16 people aboard in the deadliest Marine crash anywhere in the world in more than a decade.

The KC-130 air tanker was carrying members of an elite Marine special operations unit cross-country for training in Arizona when it went down Monday afternoon in the Mississippi Delta, the military said. The fiery crash scattered wreckage for miles around and sent a pillar of black smoke rising over the countryside.

Witnesses said they heard low, rumbling explosions when the plane was still high in the sky, saw the aircraft spiraling toward the flat, green landscape and spotted an apparently empty parachute floating toward the earth.

Fifteen Marines and a Navy sailor were killed. Their identities were not immediately released.

The crash happened outside the small town of Itta Bena, about 85 miles (135 kilometers) north of the state capital of Jackson. Bodies were found more than a mile from the plane.


  • Jessica Hogan comes home from Glorietta, New Mexico on the 20th. She will be going on the Guatemala trip.
  • BLOCK PARTY meeting went great…everything on track…no problems so far…Thank YOU Jesus!
  • We have a couple of open Sundays before we preach on July 30 @ DBC. We booked a REVIVAL for the Mount Zion Baptist church September 24-27. It will be here before you can say Jack Robinson.
  • Junior Hill this Sunday at 10:15…AM service only! 
Dr. Junior Hill at DBC August 21 @10:15 am

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