Start by talking about what Transgression or Pesha is.

This week we are going to learn about the word Transgression or Pesha. The Bible offers many views on human nature, including profound diagnoses of human evil. However, because it uses a unique vocabulary to describe this evil, it often gets overlooked in modern-day society. “Transgression” is one of those Bible words that seems clear until you have to explain it to somebody else. It refers to the breaking of trust, such as going back on your word with a friend. It also violates a relationship of trust with one another. Some other words used in the Bible is rebellion and trespass. 


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Review the notes below.

We come to a point in life where we must face the wrong that we have done and ask forgiveness from the people we have harmed. Micah and Amos lied and accused others/nations of things that were not true. Broken relationships lead to betrayal and sometimes death. God took the betrayal for us and wants to create us as He faithfully guides our world into the new creation.

Key Points

  • No one has the grace that God has for us, but usually when a person humbles themselves in order to show true remorse, it doesn’t go unrecognized by the other person.  It may take time for some to forgive, some may choose not to forgive at all, but at least you can be right before God by cleaning your side of the street.  
  • The prophets associated Pesha with words like “treachery” or “falsehood.”
  • Pesha involves one person or group violating a relationship of trust with another. Violates the universal trust that exists between all humans who are made in the image of God.
  • Genesis: humanity breaks trust with God. Betrayed and broken relationship started in the beginning. Instead of letting humanity destroy itself in treachery, God raised up a human (Jesus) who would allow our Pesha to do its worst to Him.
  • In Jesus, God took our responsibility for our betrayal so He could open up a new future and a new way to be human in the way of faithfulness, trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Make peace with the people around you and see your need to be forgiven, so you can forgive others. 
  • Be trustworthy on your behalf. Show the same grace you’ve been given.
  • Let God guide our world into the the new creation. 

Talk About It

  • What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  • Have you ever had peace with the people you are closest to? What was it like?
  • What do you do when you feel judged or looked down upon because of your past?
  • Have you ever tried to cover up something bad with something worse?
  • Read 2 Samuel 12. King David did some terrible things, was he worthy of being forgiven? Are you?
  • Is it hard for you to make amends with people that wronged you?
  • Takeaway: Make a list of people to make amends with. 
  • When was the last time you were gracious to your brothers and sisters in Christ?

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