Why repenting of sins is done through G-d only
By: William J Jackson – https://www.facebook.com/CenterforTanakhBasedStudies
After the golden calf incident in Exodus 32:8, Israel was in the “proverbial doghouse” with God, so Moses went to God and interceded on their behalf. He even offered his life for Israel’s forgiveness; but this simply isn’t how it works… and as we read on in Exodus 32, we soon see that Moses clearly doesn’t get to pay for Israel’s sins; and for that matter, he doesn’t get to pay for anyone’s sins. So where is it at, that the New Testament writers come up with these ideas that someone can die for someone else’s sins (Romans 5:6-8, 1 John 3:16, 1 Peter 3:18), when God makes it so clear in His word (Torah), that this isn’t how it’s done?
Actually God said, “I will bring their sin to account against them” (Exodus 32:34)… then He punished them.
Question: So why couldn’t Moses pay for Israel’s sins with his life?
Answer: Because God is just and holds people accountable. Also He set a law not allowing people to pay for the sins of others even with their lives.
(Deuteronomy 24:16, Jeremiah 31:29-30, 2 Chronicles 25:4 and 2 Kings 14:5-6)
Question: When did God change this law?
Answer: God never change it, He doesn’t change.
(Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6, Habakkuk 2:3, Isaiah 46:10-11, Psalm 33:11, Proverbs 19:21, Job 23:13).
Question: If no one can intercede for me, who do I turn to with my sin?
Answer: Turn to your ONLY Savior, God.
(2 Samuel 22:2-3, Psalm 18:2, 24:5, 38:22, 40:17, 42:5,11, 43:5, 65:5, 68:19, 70:5, 106:21, Isaiah 43:3,11,45:15, 49:26, 60:16, 62:11, 63:7-9, Jeremiah 14:8, Hosea 13:4, Zephaniah 3:17)
Question: How do we atone for our sins?
Answer: We do not do sacrifices (Amos 5:21, Isaiah 1:11, Jeremiah 6:20, 7:21-23, Hosea 8:13)… rather; we repent to Him with a remorseful heart. (Psalm 22:24, 34:18, 51:17,107:22, Isaiah 57:15, 66:2, Hosea 6:6, 1 Kings 8:47-50)
Conclusion: God holds us accountable for our own choices and actions. No other human can take our sins from us. God wants us to go to Him with a repented heart… pretty simple.