Word of the Day: Chatta’ah
Copy the word at the top of your page. Say it aloud three times.
Have you heard this word before? If so, what do you know about it?
Look up the following references where this word is used. How do they aid your understanding of the word?
The first use of this word is in Genesis 4, but we know that the concept of sin entered the world at the fall, in Genesis 3. Read Genesis 3 and note three things:
- How sin entered the world
- What was affected by sin
- What was the ultimate result of sin’s entrance into the narrative
Where are we in the meta-narrative of Scripture (or, the story of Redemption)?
Chatta’ah (sin) comes glaringly onto the scene in Genesis 3. If Genesis 1 and 2 are all about the setting of the story, Genesis 3 is all about the conflict introduced into the story. Chatta’ah is the Hebrew word for our direct disobedience of God’s commands. It is used of Old Testament characters, and it can be used of us.
One of the most interesting things about the Hebrew language is how thoughtful it is, with layers of meaning woven into every syllable. In Hebrew, the sound of a word often embodies the meaning of that word, and Chatta’ah is not exception. While Elohim has a soothing, royal sound as it rolls off our tongues, Chatta’ah is abrasive, harsh, and abrupt.
Just like the word sounds, Chatta’ah ruptures our relationship with God, creation, and each other. It breaks us and all our relational ties. After the fall, every relationship we can name – man and God, man and woman, woman and child, man and nature – is strained under the burden and weight of Chatta’ah. Our story needs a hero. We need a rescue. The main character, who began so serenely at the setting of the story Self-content and Self-Fulfilled, needs to step in and save the day.
Pray & Reflect: Confess to God that you know you sin. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Thank Him that you know the end of the story – thank Him for sending a Savior to remove your sins and make your relationship with Him right again.