Bible In One Year-Day 102 (Saturday, April 12, 2014)
Commentary: Judges19-21. It was very unfortunate that the Israelites turned against themselves to the point of trying to wipe out a tribe just because of the sin of a few men. Sin came into the world by one man. It could be very disastrous if through the offense of a member of family, the whole family is put in serious trouble. You could imagine the number of lives that died because of few perversed men in Gibeah. Achan sinned and the whole country of Israel remained stagnant and even suffered defeat in the hand of a very minute tribe of Ai. Sin is horrible; it subjects the strong to unexplainable defeats. If the Spirit of God is absent somewhere, liberty disappears and the bondage of sin becomes stronger. Sin kills, steals and destroys. Many families are suffering today just because of the sin of their ancestors or parents. Sin is a thief that steals and defrauds from the future, it repaints the future and gives it another appearance. Sin blinds and turns light into darkness, i.e. it is a switch which the devil uses to turn of the light in a child of light;
Isaiah 59:10 “We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.”
It was sin that nailed our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the cross and made His Father to temporarily forsake Him. Through sin we identify with the devil and through the practices of righteousness we identify with the Savior, 1John3:4-10.
1 John 3:4-10 “Whoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.Whoever abideth in him sinneth not: whoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.He that committeth sin is of the demon; for the demon sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the demon.Whoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the demon: whoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”
The garment of salvation makes you to be called but the garment of righteousness makes you to be chosen;
Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
You don’t use the garment of salvation to commit sin; it will get stained and unfit for the Lord’s wedding banquet.When the garment of righteousness is stained with sin, it relegates one to the bottom or even drop off. Flee every appearance of sin. Each sin you commit opens the wound of Jesus afresh, a fresh bleed. Hate it with perfect hatred and have nothing to do with it. May the Lord give more grace to overcome the power of sin in the name of Jesus.
Our reading for today is the whole book of Ruth. It is a very interesting book. Keep the fire burning and alive.