Today let’s lay another foundation block. Let’s read through the bible to understand the vast importance of sin and the havoc that it causes in this world. You will need your bible today, we’re going to dig in!
Grab your Amplified bible and read these verses:
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. – Gen 4:7
In it we can see the nature of sin, it is always there to trip us up. Also in that verse we can see the first covenant approach to dealing with sin, that you can find freedom from sin by “doing well”, or you give sin an open door into your life if you do not do well.
This approach was followed for thousands of years with little no success. Only a few people were able to achieve “friend of God” or “righteousness” status with God. Generation after generation remained tripped up by this combination of sin and death, which Paul later called the “law of sin and death”.
The core of the problem was outlined in Gen 2:17
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. – Gen 2:17
in which God laid down the fundamental truth that if you disobey His command – sin – then the penalty is death. This is why death reigns over this world, because all have sinned, all have fallen short of the glory of the Lord.
Today, spend time considering the verses you have read. Imagine a world in which things didn’t decay. Imagine a world in which relationships and marriages don’t struggle under the weight of addiction. Allow yourself to imagine a world – as described by Isaiah – in which animals once again eat grass instead of killing. Imagine a world in which sin does not separate us from God and He Himself is our light during the day and the night.
Allow yourself to hunger for the world which Isaiah promised that the Messiah (Jesus Christ) will bring into being. Allow yourself to want more than what you have gathered together through your tremendously hard work in your life.
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