THE SERIOUSNESS OF SIN,THE SERIOUSNESS OF GOD
We either believe all of the Bible or believe none of it. This is a black and white statement where it is all or nothing but these are the moments where what we believe will be revealed because if we can question one part of the word of God then there is a break in the perfect nature of God. When there is a question on the perfect nature of God, then we are crossing over to the realm of whether God is truly God or not. God is either true and correct in ALL of His words or none of His words due to the fact that by definition is perfect. Passages like these are tough to read and we may skip them because they don’t line up with our view of God at times but we must read the difficult passages of the Bible to get the full picture of who God is and who we are in relation to Him. This is one of the ways where it gets difficult in following God when we read about His fierce judgment towards sin because it doesn’t feel good, so we either ignore or explain that we don’t have to really take these passages seriously but when we do that we must ask ourselves if we have a serious faith?
Sin is a serious thing in that it does have major consequences such as killing relationships with one another and with God so therefore God will never play around it but deal with it in a serious manner. I am reminded on days like these that sin is not to be made light of and when we try to excuse, justify, or ignore it, we will find ourselves in a position where we will definitely experience the consequences of it.
God hates sin.
Loves the sinner.
But will judge the sinner if they don’t let go of their sin that He hates and hold onto Him.
NOTES ON THE TEXT
3. He has cut down in fierce anger
all the might of Israel;
he has withdrawn from them his right hand
in the face of the enemy;
he has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob,
consuming all around.
7.The Lord has scorned his altar,
disowned his sanctuary;
he has delivered into the hand of the enemy
the walls of her palaces;
they raised a clamor in the house of the Lord
as on the day of festival.
9.Her gates have sunk into the ground;
he has ruined and broken her bars;
her king and princes are among the nations;
the law is no more,
and her prophets find
no vision from the Lord.
When God judges, he often times judges in a way where He gives exactly what the people want! How is that judgement? As we have said in the past, sin separates people from one another. It is the same way with God as sin causes us to be separated from Him. The Israelites chose sin over God and thus chose to be separated from God. The passages in Lamentations show us the fruit of their choices. You choose sin? You choose to be separated from God? Well, He will give you what you want so now there is this destruction that happens because God has withdrawn His presence from them. What are some of the consequences of God’s presence being withdrawn?
The withdrawal of His presence brings about the removal of His protection (V.3).
His wrath comes forth because he has to judge sin (V. 3,7).
The ability to hear from God diminishes and the commandments of God are no longer valid in your life. Don’t think that the commandments of God being invalid in your life is a good thing because now you are free! What this means is that the benefits of following God’s commandments are no longer available and you will now experience the flipside, which involves punishment (v.9).
6.He has laid waste his booth like a garden,
laid in ruins his meeting place;
the Lord has made Zion forget
festival and Sabbath,
and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.
What are some other consequences of sin? We forget the festival and Sabbath. The festivals were reminders of God’s faithfulness and usually were times of great celebration. To forget the festival in the midst of choosing sin is to forget what it means to be provided for and live in joyous celebration. The sabbath was a day to remind oneself that all things are from God and thus knowing true rest by trust in God. To choose sin is to choose to live a life that does not know what it means to have true peace and rest. Remember from the previous posts, sin satisfies in the moment but in the long run fails you as what you seek in terms of lasting joy and rest are forfeited for imitations of it that only last for a bit.
4 He has bent his bow like an enemy,
with his right hand set like a foe;
and he has killed all who were delightful in our eyes
in the tent of the daughter of Zion;
he has poured out his fury like fire.
5 The Lord has become like an enemy;
he has swallowed up Israel;
he has swallowed up all its palaces;
he has laid in ruins its strongholds,
and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah
mourning and lamentation.
This passage in light of the whole Bible gives a clear picture of the beauty of the Gospel. The good news that is the Gospel is that we were once enemies (not neutral good people) of God and were going to receive our punishment that we chose through sin yet God paid that price for us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Jesus bore the penalty that we are to bear and in the pain of bearing it, He did it because of love. To fully understand the grace of God’s love we must understand the seriousness of His wrath towards sin.
If you don’t fully get how serious God takes sin, look towards the cross and remind yourself the price that was paid for the freedom you and I have in Him.