51. Sin has consequences

The Israelites built their own god the moment Moses went up Mount Sinai to hear God's instructions. They sent Moses to God, because they didn't want to hear what He was saying themselves. They told Moses that God must speak to him and then they will listen and do what he tells them. Now while Moses was away hearing the Lord's instructions of behalf of the Israelites, they turned their back on God and started to worship their own golden calf made of their own jewelry.

Moses was furious when he saw what they did. He couldn't believe it. They turned their back on God the moment they were left alone. They were repeatedly warned not to worship anyone but God, but they didn't listen. They deliberately sinned. And it had grave consequences.

Moses stood at the entrance of the camp and shouted that all who were on the side of the Lord should come and join him. All the Levites came. And then Moses gave them this shocking instruction:

"This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Strap on your swords! Go back and forth from one end of the camp to the other, killing even your brothers, friends, and neighbors." The Levites obeyed Moses, and about three thousand people died that day." Exodus 32:27, 28

How awful that must have been! For the Levites themselves, killing their own friends, family and neighbors, and obviously for those being killed. It was devastating. And not only that, God also punished them Himself:

"The Lord sent a great plague upon the people because they had worshipped the calf Aaron had made." Exodus 32:35

The Israelites quickly learned that their sin had consequences. God hates sin and He cannot leave it unpunished.

Luckily for us, Jesus died for our sin and took the punishment on Himself. How wonderful that we do not have to carry around the burden of our sins anymore! Jesus took the penalty of sin, which is death, all on Himself. But we must remember our sin still has consequences. For example, if you keep on smoking, the smoking can damage your health, if you commit adultery, people will gossip about you and your children might just turn their backs on you, if you gossip and talk ill of others, people might just not want to be your friend or gossip about you behind your back, if you continue to enjoy your alcoholic drinks in an excessive manner, your liver might just not cope with it, if you have anger fits, people might just avoid you or even worse you might get into serious trouble etc. I can go on, but I think you get the point.

Our sin has consequences that we have to live with. God didn't want it that way, but we chose to continue in our sin anyway. Think carefully next time when you want to light up a cigarette or when you quickly want to spread an ugly rumor about someone else. It might just have unpleasant consequences.

Please forgive us Lord for continuing to sin. We know You still hate sin, but we also know that You love us. Please give us the strength to leave our sin behind and to rather focus on You and Your loving grace. Amen

 

1 comment for “51. Sin has consequences”

  1. Posted Monday, June 17, 2013 at 2:28:52 PM

    Luckily for us, Jesus died for our sin and took the punishment on Himself.

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