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How does Ellen White consider the Hebrew words for sin?

Q5: How does Ellen White consider the Hebrew words for sin?

(7) : "chata" :"sin".

(8) : "chataah" :"sin-offering".

Hypothesis: Did Ellen White record Ancient Hebrew inspiration by the Holy Spirit for the Hebrew words "chata" and "chataah" into English?

Introduction: The New Testament translations of "chata" and "chataah" (the Greek "hamartano" and "hamartia" respectively) are both sadly translated as "sin". Here is an excellent test of the Ancient Hebrew meaning of these two words, for while they are similar in meaning, they are also different.

Strong's 2400.

The Ancient Hebrew reads for 'chata' "The outside covering strong"

The Ancient Hebrew reads for 'chataah' "The outside covering strong. Behold the Person!"

Notice the different in "sin-offering" used here:-

Ge 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, "chataah" "sin-offering" lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Notice the "sin-offering" can become like a master and "rule" over us. The sin-offering is the transfer of our sinning unto a Sin-bearer.

Nu 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned "chata", for we have spoken against the LORD "Yahweh", and against thee; pray unto the LORD "Yahweh", that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.

Here we see the Hebrew word for sinning.

Nu 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

Notice the solution to sinning is a symbol, that is either a lamb like sacrifice (chataah) or a "serpent on a cross", a symbol of the sin-offering ruling over us. The serpent represents Satan who rules the sinning over us, and it also represents another ruler over us who is greater than Satan, Jesus, the Sin-bearer.

Joh 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.

By now the reader should be able to discern the slight differences in meaning between sin and sin-offering.

1Jo 5:16 If any man see his brother sin "chata" a sin-offering "chataah" which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sinning "chata" not unto death. There is a sin-offering "chataah" unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin-offering"chataah": and there is a sin-offering "chataah" not unto death.

The translation in KJV makes little sense :-

1Jo 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

The translation in KJV says one can sin a sin, see the translators are not changing the Greek correctly as the Hebrew words suggest:-

  • (a) Hebrew chata = Greek hamartano;
  • (b) Hebrew chataah = Greek hamartia.

    What is a sin-offering not unto death? A relationship you have with Jesus despite your missing, his covering over you keeps you upright before Him regardless of your missing.

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    Ex 32:30 ¶ And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned "chata", (chata) a great sin-offering (chataah): and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your a great sin-offering (chataah).

    {CCh 348.1}The blood of Christ, while it was to release the repentant sinner from the condemnation of the law, was not to cancel the sin; it would stand on record in the sanctuary until the final atonement; so in the type the blood of the sin offering removed the sin from the penitent, but it rested in the sanctuary until the day of atonement.

    Joh 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin(chata = hamartano ) no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

    {DA 204.2}In the temple Jesus met the man who had been healed. He had come to bring a sin offering and also a thank offering for the great mercy he had received. Finding him among the worshipers, Jesus made Himself known, with the warning words, "Behold, thou art made whole: sin; no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."

    Ps 51:9 Hide thy face from my sins (chata), and blot out all mine iniquities.

  • 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
  • 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy spirit from me.

    {AA 52.1 } It is the Holy Spirit that convicts of sin.

    Note there is much confusion with translating two Hebrew words with the same word “sin”. The real meaning for these words in English is (Jeff Benner's translation) “err” / “error” or (Author's translation) “sin”/ “sin-offering”. Notice the person in chataah is a personification of you the sinner, and your sin-bearer.

    Showing the use of "sin-offering in Ellen White passages:-

    Joh 1:29 ¶ The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin offering, "chataah" or "hamartia" of the world.

    {CCh 298.1} Christ was standing at the point of transition between two economies and their two great festivals. He, the spotless Lamb of God, was about to present Himself as a sin offering, that He would thus bring to an end the system of types and ceremonies that for four thousand years had pointed to His death.

    Isa 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

    {AA 227.2} The Messiah was to give His life as "an offering for the sin ." Looking down through the centuries to the scenes of the Saviour's atonement, the prophet Isaiah had testified that the Lamb of God "poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." Isaiah 53:7, 10, 12.

    Ge 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin-offering (chataah) lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

    {CTr 36.3} The history of Cain and Abel will be repeated. Cain insisted on carrying out his own plans in his offering to the Lord. Abel was steadfast in carrying out the directions of the Lord. He would not be converted in Cain’s way. Although the offering of Cain was a very acceptable one, that which made the offering required at all—the blood of the slain lamb—was left out.

    {FLB 105.4} Christ is the only sin-bearer, the only sin-offering . . . .

    Le 16:21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sin-offerings (chataah) , putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

    {GC 422.1} It was seen, also, that while the sin offering pointed to Christ as a sacrifice, and the high priest represented Christ as a mediator, the scapegoat typified Satan, the author of sin, upon whom the sins of the truly penitent will finally be placed. When the high priest, by virtue of the blood of the sin offering, removed the sins from the sanctuary, he placed them upon the scapegoat.

    In each passage Ellen White consistently uses the Ancient Hebrew meaning of chata and chataah well, the sinning sinners do is placed on a Sin-bearer and this sin-offering is removed from us and placed on Jesus, who will eventually place them upon Satan for He is the Author of sinning.

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