Sin is deadly!
Scripture reading for January27: Exodus 21-24
We sometimes laugh when our young children defiantly disobey. When our adopted daughters were first released from the orphanage to come with us, they were so cute! But on one of our first outings, we were holding their hand and waiting to cross a street with cars speeding by. One of them stuck her foot out towards the street and looked up mischievously to see what we might do! Mary and I had a good laugh but realized that we had a job ahead of us!
God’s commands aren’t suggestions. What He says will happen and He has the authority and power to bring it to pass. We can choose to sin, but consequences will follow that God chooses. The law that God gave Moses on the mountain included Exodus 21-24. These were practical explanations of the ten commands that helped work out how these laws would play out in the community of Israel.
Some of the laws in this passage remind us of the “deadliness” of sin! In Exodus 21:15 and 17, the penalty for attacking father or mother or even cursing them was death. If a man owned a bull that was known to gore others and he did not restrain him and a person was killed, the bull and the owner would die! (Exodus 21:28-29) A sorceress must be put to death! (Exodus 22:18) Anyone having sexual relations with an animal must die! (Exodus 22:19) In Exodus 22:22-23 we read that anyone who takes advantage of an orphan or a widow would die if that orphan or widow cried out to the Lord! God gets angry when we mess with those who are hurting or hurt others knowingly!
Our God is compassionate and loves us enough to confront sin. He knows it’s deadly–it cost Him the life of His Firstborn Son! Has God ever confronted you or disciplined you for sin? How does our culture make light of sin?
Exodus 24:7-8 “The He took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the Covenant that the Lord made with you in accordance with all these words.”