Last week we learned about Transgression, the breaking of trust. Our word for this week is Iniquity/Avon. Iniquity in Hebrew is “Avon” and means “to bend, twist, distort” so iniquities are bending, twisting, or distorting of the law of God’s Word to different degrees worthy of punishment. Iniquity is a violation of the right or duty that mankind is under obligation to do. An iniquity can also be a wicked act and immoral conduct or practice. These are harmful or offensive to society and, especially to God.
In the bible, the terms, sin, and iniquity, are often used interchangeably. We know that both of them aren’t good and we know that, in some sense, they are an offense against a holy God. In fact, if you look up the word, iniquity in most Bible dictionaries, there will be a redirect to the word “sin.” There is a bit of a difference between these two concepts. At least 70 times, we see these terms used together.