Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sin after sin

June 24, 2008

2 Chronicles 12:5-8 GW
(5) The prophet Shemaiah came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah who had gathered in Jerusalem because of Shishak. Shemaiah said to them, "This is what the LORD says: You have abandoned me, so I will abandon you. I will hand you over to Shishak."
(6) Then the commanders of Israel and the king humbled themselves. "The LORD is right!" they said.
(7) When the LORD saw that they had humbled themselves, he spoke his word to Shemaiah: "They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them. In a little while I will give them an escape. I will not use Shishak to pour my anger on Jerusalem.
(8) But they will become his servants so that they can learn the difference between serving me and serving foreign kings."

Each time we sin, we can get forgiveness. It does come with a price. For a while, till you confess it to God, there will be a separation from God. Forgiveness removes that separation.

If we continue to live in that sin, even after forgiveness, then we continue to separate ourselves from God. This is what the people of Judah and Israel would do. They would sin, ask to be forgiven, and then go back to their sinful ways. God lightly nudged them that sin caused a problem as it can in our lives as well. Only after some time did God choose to punish them, when they had gone to far in their sins and would not try to correct them. Like them, our sins if not stopped can separate us from the love of God. It would be good to learn from the first confession and not go into that sin again.


2 Chronicles 10:1-12:16

1 Kings 15:1-24, 2 Chronicles 13:1-16:14

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