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Sin breaks connection with God and man!

Scripture reading for January 27th: 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 waiting to cross the street and cars were speeding by.  After warning them, one of them (name withheld to protect the innocent!) 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!

Sin entered mankind through Eve’s deception by the serpent and through the disobedience of Adam.   God had warned them not to eat from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  He told them they would die if they did.  Sin broke connection with God and brought heartache and death!

Some of the laws and the penalty for breaking them remind us of the “deadliness” of sin!   The penalty for attacking father or mother or cursing them was death. (Exodus 21:15,17)  If a man owned a bull that was known to gore others and he did not restrain this animal 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)  Anyone who took advantage of an orphan or a widow would die if that orphan or widow cried out to the Lord! (Exodus 22:22-24)    Our God is compassionate and protective! (Exodus 22:26-27)

God is compassionate but loves us enough to confront sin.  He knows it’s deadly: it cost Him the life of His Son!  As parents, we must love our children enough to discipline them and teach them that sin is no laughing matter.   We should give them clear instructions about sin and it’s consequences and discipline them to fear a holy God and obey in love.

“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good that we might share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10

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Learning to fly by instrument!

Scripture reading for February 15th: Numbers 13-16

Walking by faith is not always easy to learn.  We are prone to be strongly influenced by sight and what our past experiences have conditioned us to believe and understand.  In my younger days, I wanted to learn to fly an airplane.  Several of my friends and I got together and bought a Cessna 172 with instrument rating.  I wanted to be able to learn to fly by instruments.  The flight instructor would put a hood over my head so I could only see the instrument panel, and off we would go.  When we would turn, or go up or down, I would watch the instruments to learn where the wings were.  My mind, however, would play tricks on me.  I often felt like we were flying sideways or going up or down, when the instruments said we were flying level. When flying airplanes in clouds or fog, learning to trust the instruments are a life or death matter!

The twelve Israelite spies were sent into the promised land.  They were told to determine what the land was like and what the inhabitants of that land were like.  It was a military assessment.  God had already told them that the land was flowing with milk and honey.  He had already told them that He would take care of the inhabitants.  God was to them like the instruments in the plane.  If they had kept their focus on what God had said, they would not have veered off course!  Two spies actually did keep on course, Joshua and Caleb!  They pleaded with the others to get ready to go on in and possess the land that God had promised them.  (Numbers 13:30)  Ten spies got their eyes on the difficulties and began to spread fear, doubt and unbelief!  (Numbers 13:31-33)

The whole community got into the act and began to complain and grumble, saying that God and Moses had brought them out of Egypt to let them die in the desert.  As they talked of stoning Moses, the glory of the Lord appeared at the Tent of Meeting.  God viewed their grumbling against Moses personally!  (Numbers 14:11, 27)  God’s judgment on them was to give them what they had feared–the whole generation 20 years and older died in the desert.  (Numbers 14:29-35)   This word encourages us to keep our focus on the instruments (God’s Word) and avoid a deadly crash!

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Sin is deadly!

Scripture reading for January 27th: Exodus 21-24

Is there any such thing as a “harmless sin”?  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!  Both my wife and I and the girls had a short time of mutual admiration.  But on one of our first outings, we were waiting to cross the street and cars were speeding by.  One of them (name withheld to protect the innocent!) 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 and a late start!

Sin entered mankind through Eve’s deception and through the disobedience of Adam.  Sin had consequences.  We can choose to sin, but we get the consequences for free!  The law that God gave Moses on the mountain included Exodus 21-24.  These were practical explanations of the ten commands that helped God’s people understand how these laws would play out in the community of Israel.  A holy God lived in their midst who demanded that they be holy too. (1st Peter 1:15-16)

Some of the laws and their consequences remind us of the “deadliness” of sin!  In Exodus 21:15 and 17, the penalty for attacking father or mother or cursing them was death.  If a man owned a bull that was known to gore others and he did not restrain this animal 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)  One who took 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!  (Exodus 22:26-27)

God is compassionate and loves us enough to confront sin.  We need to be serious when it comes to sin.  As parents, we need to love our children enough to discipline them and teach them that sin is nothing to mess with.  May the Lord continue to love us enough to discipline us so that sin is not our downfall!

“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good that we might share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10

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