The Consequences of Sin
Daily Bible Reading – Judges 9,10; Psalm 49; 1 Corinthians 16
Today’s Key Passage – Judges 9:1-6
Most believers know what the Bible has to say about the consequences of sin. In fact, even unbelievers are familiar with an often-quoted verse in Romans 6:23 that says, “For the wages of sin is death”. For those of us who follow Christ, we understand that our sins affect our relationship with God. They serve to separate us from Him and cause us to live a life that is less than what He intends for us. Sometimes, though, we can wrongly believe that this is where the consequences of sin end. We all know that sins affect us personally, but sometimes we fail to recognize that our sins can have a more far-reaching effect on others. In today’s key passage, we read about how one man’s sins go on to affect a whole nation.
A few days ago, we read about Gideon’s need for assurances and the military successes he achieved because of God’s favor. (To read this post entitled Needing Assurances, CLICK HERE). Yesterday, though, we read about one of his sins. In Judges 8:30-31, we read, “He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives. His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech.” Though Gideon was a hero to a nation for what he did in battle, he was still a sinful man in his personal life that took a concubine and had a son with her named Abimelech. In today’s key passage, we read the story of Abimelech. Though there was only supposed to be one king in Israel – God – following Gideon’s death, Abimelech decided that he wanted to be the king of Israel. In his selfish zeal for power, he killed 69 of his 70 half brothers so he would not have any competition, and was declared king. He served in this role for three years, until Schechem rebelled against him. At that point, Abimelech attacked Shechem and destroyed the city, burned down the tower of Schechem killing about one thousand more people, and was finally killed while attacking Thebez. None of this would have happened if not for Gideon’s sin in taking a concubine and having a child with her. Gideon’s sin was passed down to Abimelech, who in turn allowed his sinful desires for wealth and power to affect other people. Because of Gideon’s sin, all but one of his sons were killed, and a nation was devastated.
Today’s story clearly shows that one man’s sin can affect many other people. The sins of a single man can affect his wife, his kids, his brothers and sisters in Christ, and countless others in the blink of an eye. The next time temptation strikes and the rationalizations to sin fill your head; remember the far-reaching consequences of sin. Remember that in most cases, you will not be the only person your sin affects, and ask God for the strength to fight off the temptations and walk in His path.
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