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The Effects of Sin


Everyone knows the story of Joshua and the battle at Jericho. How the people of Israel circled the city once each day for six days, with the ark of the covenenant in their midst, and seven Levitical priests blowing trumpets of rams horns. On the seventh day, they circled the city seven times and at the command of Joshua, the people shouted and the walls of the city were flattened.

What we may fail to remember was that the spoil of the city was “corban”, dedicated to God. Israel was not allowed to take any of the possessions of the conquered city of Jericho. One man, however, disobeyed God, and took some of the booty for himself. Israel then went to destroy the small city of Ai. Ai was so small that the Israeli spies determined that it would only take about three thousand warriors to defeat the city. These three thousand were thoroughly routed.

Joshua and the elders of Israel tore their clothes and fell on their face until evening before the ark of the LORD. Joshua prayed to the LORD, confused over the defeat and agonizing for the people of Israel. Then God revealed to him why Israel had been defeated and told Joshua what to do.

In this story, we see one of the effects of sin. Sin is pervasive! Two million people were affected by the sin of one man. God would not allow the people to take possession of the land that He promised unless sin was expunged from their midst. The sinner was found out and put to death, he and his family and his possessions. “The wages of sin is death.”

Today in America, we have a casual attitude toward sin. No, that’s not right, many Americans embrace sin; even those who call themselves children of God. It is no wonder that God has turned his back on us as a nation. Those of us still loyal to God need to take action to remove sin from among us. That action is to introduce our neighbors the LORD Jesus. Oh, but we are so afraid. Afraid of what those neighbors will think of us. It would be better if we were afraid of the God of the universe than our neighbor.

Examine yourself! Who do you fear more, God or man?

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2 thoughts on “The Effects of Sin

  1. Paul Haber on said:

    Do you think God has really turned his back on us as a nation? We were discussing that very subject during our weekly Bible study this week. Some felt that , because this is the New Covenant, we- and isreal- will be protected from what I consider our just desserts. What do you think?

  2. God always punishes sin. Let me say it again. God ALWAYS punishes sin. That sin could be a sin of omission as well as a sin of commission. America is guilty of both. You might say that jesus atoned for our sin. That is partially true. Jesus death on the cross did atone for sin. That does not mean that all people are going to heaven. Only those who repent and accept Him will enter the kingdom.
    If we look at the history of Israel in the Old Testament, we see that when Israel sinned, when they engaged in idolatry and ignored God, they were invaded, and the people were exiled to the land of their captors. But God promised that the land would be their possession forever. I don’t know the answer to this but, how long did Israel possess the land between 70 AD and 1946?
    Has God turned His back on Israel? I guess that depends on what you mean by truned His back on. Certainly, He has not blessed and protected them as He did after the exodus. Is there any evidence that Israel enjoys the same relationship they did when Gideon, with 300 men, defeated the army of Midian.
    America was founded as a Godly nation! It’s first people came to the new land to freely worship God. For a couple of hundred years, the American people sought God. That is evident in our monuments and in our history. Today, God has been banished from the public square. We are not even allowed to mention His name in a public setting. We worship at the altars of “science”, “humanism”, “darwinism” and others. God ALWAYS punishes sin.
    Yes, we live under a new Covenant but the God who made that covenant has not changed. He is the same God today as He was 3500 years ago. I don’t believe that God will treat us, any differently than he treated the children of Ham, the son of Noah, or the children of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham.
    It is only when a people submits to the authority of a ruler that they enjoy that ruler’s protection! The nation Israel has not submitted to God’s authority and the people of North America have also rebeled against God, or ruler. Why would He protect us when we are in rebelion? The nation Israel is evidence that He won’t!
    Our only hope is to return to Him!

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