Sin is Serious

Scripture: Leviticus 20:9, ‘If anyone curses his father or mother, he must be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother, and his blood will be on his own head.’

 

Observations: In chapter 20 God tells Moses the punishments for sin. The sins range from child sacrifice (v1-5), mediums (v6), to adultery and sexual immorality (v10-21). Here it’s about cursing parents. God has high standards when it comes to families. The fifth commandment is honour your father and mother. Children were to respect their parents. But the shocking thing is that God commands his people to put to death those who curse their parents. God had made it crystal clear that the penalty for sin is death (Gen 2:17). And while God is gracious and doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, for his new holy community to function as his witness in the world he needs to make an example of certain sins. This is what it means to be a holy people, to see and understand the seriousness of sin. We see the same in the New Testament when God takes the life of Ananias and Sapphira for lying (Act 5:1-11). Paul reminds us that the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23).

 

Application: How seriously do we take sin? Do we think that because Jesus died for our sins God doesn’t care how we live anymore? The opposite should be true, because Jesus died for our sin we should desire to go and sin no more in gratitude for God’s grace. God cares deeply how we speak, how we treat our parents, how sexually pure we are. God hates sin and he wants us to be like him, to be holy as he is holy. Don’t take grace for granted.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, living in this sinful world with my sinful desires and so many things seem normal to me, when they are abhorrent to You. Lord, open my eyes to the ways in which my attitudes and my words and my actions may be sinful in Your sight. Forgive me for anyway in which sin may be operating in my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit that I might turn from my sinful ways and live to honour You. Lord, You sent Your own Son to die in my place, and so I want to die now to sin and live for righteousness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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