Reflection on Sin - Part 1
One year, while assisting with Vacation Bible School, I was running late. In my rush, I decided to skip dinner, settling on a glass of chocolate milk. Without paying any attention I poured the milk, mixed in some chocolate flavoring, and then started to guzzle the glass of milk.
Unfortunately, the milk was bad. Based upon the laughter from the children, I could tell they enjoyed the “sour” looks on my face.
Later that evening, when I was working with some children, I asked the group “Do any of you know what sin is like to God?”
“Kind of like that sour milk you drank earlier?” my son replied. I think my son as a good beginning grasp of Gods view of sin.
So, what is sin? Sin includes doing evil against humanity, society and others; ultimately, to sin is to disobey God.
When Joseph was sexually tempted by Potiphar’s wife, he stated:
There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
-Genesis 39:9 (KJV)
When King David acknowledged his sin with Bathsheba:
And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
-II Samuel 12:13 (KJV)
Even the prodigal son claimed:
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
-Luke 15:21 (KJV)
If sin is to disobey God, then it is God himself who gives the word meaning and definition. Over the next few weeks I will take a look at Gods law, and what it means to transgress against Gods Law.