Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Your Sin Affects Everyone

2 Kings 24:1-20  “Your Sin affects Everyone”

Why doesn’t anyone talk about SIN anymore?

 

WIDESPREAD APATHY TOWARD SIN REVEALS ITSELF IN THE LACK OF INTEREST IN HOLINESS.

YOUR GRANDPARENTS’ GENERATION OVERDID IT—GOING TO MOVIES, DANCING, AND DRINKING ALCOHOL BECAME THE TELLTALE SIGNS OF UNHOLINESS. DAMNING THOSE WHO DID SUCH THINGS BECAME THE LEGALISTIC, JUDGMENTAL CONTEXT FOR CHURCH LIFE. SO YOUR PARENTS’ GENERATION, INSPIRED IN PART BY THE ’60S, JAUNTED ITS WAY INTO THE FREEDOM OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. WHICH MEANT, OFTEN ENOUGH, “I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT BECAUSE OF GOD’S GRACE.”

OUR GENERATION’S LACK OF ZEAL FOR HOLINESS HAS PRODUCED A TREND: ACCEPTANCE OF SIN, IGNORANCE OF ITS IMPACT, AND WEAKENED RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD, PEOPLE, AND THE WORLD.  [1]

 

Lack of speaking about personal sin has lead to an overemphasis of GRACE – a cheap facsimile of God’s grace and forgiveness.

·      Ever heard of the term: “Cheap Grace?”

 

“CHEAP GRACE”:

The term “cheap grace” can be traced back to a book written by German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, called The Cost of Discipleship, published in 1937. In that book, Bonhoeffer defined “cheap grace” as “the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession.

Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.”   [2]

 

There’s a great need to remind ourselves:

·      SIN = knowing what is right to do, and choosing not to do that.

James 4:17   (NKJV)    Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.   [3]

 

James 4:17 (NLT)   Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.     [4]

 

266. ἁμαρτία hamartía; gen. hamartías, fem. noun from hamartánō (264), to sin. Sin, missing the true end and scope of our lives, which is God. An offense in relation to God with emphasis on guilt.

(I) Aberration from the truth, error (John 8:46 where it stands as the opposite of alḗtheia [225], truth. See also John 16:8, 9).

(II) Aberration from a prescribed law or rule of duty, whether in general or of particular sins.

(A) Generally (Matt. 3:6; 9:2, 5, 6; Mark 1:4, 5; 1 Cor. 15:3; Heb. 4:15; Sept.: Gen. 15:16; 18:20; Is. 53:5). “Thou art wholly born in sin” (a.t.; John 9:34) means thou art a sinner from the womb (cf. Ps. 51:5; 58:3; Is. 48:8). To “commit sin” (a.t.; 2 Cor. 11:7; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:9) means the same thing as to work sin (James 2:9). In 1 John 5:16, to “sin a sin” means to commit any sin. In the gen. after another noun, hamartía often supplies the place of an adj. meaning sinful, wicked, impious. In 2 Thess. 2:3, the “man of sin” means the Antichrist. In Rom. 7:5, “the passions of sins” (a.t.) means sinful desires. In Heb. 10:6, 8 and Heb. 13:11, “concerning sin” (a.t.) refers to sacrifice for sin. In Heb. 10:26, “offering for sin” (a.t.) refers to those who sin willfully (see also Heb. 10:18; Sept.: Lev. 5:8; Ps. 40:7).

(B) Spoken of particular sins, e.g., of unbelief (John 8:21, 24); of lewdness (2 Pet. 2:14); of defection from the gospel of Christ (Heb. 11:25; 12:1).

(C) By metonymy, of abstraction for concrete, hamartía for hamartōlós (268), sinner meaning sinful, i.e., either as causing sin (Rom. 7:7, “Is the law the cause of sin?” [a.t.]) or as committing sin (2 Cor. 5:21 meaning He has been treated as if He were a sinner). In Heb. 12:4, it refers to the adversaries of the gospel.

(D) By metonymy, the practice of sinning, habit of sin (Rom. 3:9; 5:12, 20, 21; Gal. 3:22).

(E) By metonymy, proneness to sin, sinful desire or propensity (John 8:34; Rom. 6:1, 2, 6, 12, 14; 7:7ff.; Heb. 3:13, “the deceitfulness of our sinful propensities” [a.t.]).

(III) The imputation or consequences of sin, the guilt and punishment of sin as in the phrase “to take away [or bear] sin” (a.t.), i.e., the imputation of it (John 1:29; Rom. 11:27; Heb. 9:26; 10:11; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 John 3:5). To remit (aphíēmi [863]) sins and the remission (áphesis [859]) of sins means to remove the guilt, punishment, and power of sin (Matt. 9:2, 5, 6; 26:28; Luke 7:47–49; John 20:23; Heb. 10:4). In John 9:41, “your sin remains” (a.t.) means your guilt and exposure to punishment remain (cf. John 15:22, 24; 1 John 1:9). In 1 Cor. 15:17, “ye are yet in your sins” means you are still under the guilt and power of your sins. In Heb. 9:28, “without sin” means He shall appear the second time but not for the putting away of the consequences of sin (Heb. 9:26; Sept.: Lev. 22:9; Num. 9:13; Prov. 10:16; Is. 5:18; 53:6, 11; Lam. 3:39; Ezek. 3:20; Zech. 14:19). See hamártēma (265), sin as an individual act, a determination of the nature of man as a personal power and also used of individual acts. Used in an absolute or relative sense. Individual sins do not annul the general character or the actions of the regenerate. “There is a sin [hamartía (266)] unto death” (1 John 5:16) refers to willful and intentional sin (see also Heb. 10:26, 29) and physical death (Acts 5:1–11; 1 Cor. 5:5; 11:30), and there is a sin not unto death. The sins of the regenerate are regrettably unavoidable in view of their present unredeemed body (Rom. 8:2, 3) and the environment in which they live (1 John 2:2). The sinfulness of sin depends on the innate or acquired knowledge of God’s expectations (James 4:17).

Syn.: agnóēma (51), a sin of ignorance; opheílēma ([3783] akin to opheilḗ [3782], a debt), that which is legally due; adikía (93), unrighteousness; adíkēma (92), a wrong, an injury; ponēría (4189), wickedness; paranomía (3892), law–breaking; anomía (458), lawlessness; parábasis (3847), violation, transgression; kríma (2917), condemnation; égklēma (1462), crime which is tried in court; sunōmosía (4945), a plot, conspiracy; asébeia (763), impiety, ungodliness; parakoḗ (3876), disobedience; apeítheia (543), obstinate rejection of God’s will; paráptōma (3900), a false step, a blunder; ptṓsis (4431), a fall; apostasía (646), a standing away from, although not necessarily a departure from a position in which one stood; aitía (156) and aítion (158), a crime, a legal ground for punishment, fault; hḗttēma (2275), a loss, defeat, defect; hamártēma (265), an act of sin or disobedience to divine requirement and expectation.

Ant.: sōtēría (4991), salvation; dikaiosúnē (1343), righteousness; áphesis (859), forgiveness, removal of sin; cháris (5485), grace; hagiōsúnē (42), the state of holiness; hagiótes (41), inherent holiness.  [5]

 

Judah lost their fear of the Lord God of Israel.

·      Anything was now legal.

·      Anything was now permissible.

·      Holiness was out of style – old school – for old people.

·      Prophets were killed, buried alive, sawn in two.

·      What would God do next?

 

God’s hand was forced by His love for the LAW

·      God will use many evil resources to turn the hearts of His children back home.

o  You may say – “Why would God do that?”

§  He hates sin, but loves the sinner.

§  His grace should not be resisted

§  His mercy should be welcomed.

§  His love should be lived and loved.

 

God’s Lament for what He MUST do:

Jeremiah 25:1–15

1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon),

2 which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying:

3 “From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, this is the twenty-third year in which the word of the Lord has come to me; and I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, but you have not listened.

4 And the Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear.

5 They said, ‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord has given to you and your fathers forever and ever.

6 Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’

7 Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the Lord, “that you might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.

8 “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Because you have not heard My words,

9 behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ says the Lord, ‘and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations.

10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp.

11 And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

 

Coast to Coast total eclipse of the Sun – a warning sign?

·      First time in 99 years in America

·      Mark Blitz stated concerning the August 21 solar eclipse:
“From a biblical point of view, a solar eclipse is meant as a sign from God. When there is a total solar eclipse, it is a warning to a specific nation or nations depending on its path. … Could God be giving us a warning that we need to repent or judgment will be coming to the United States? The timing couldn’t be clearer!”  [6]

Largest amount of rainfall in recent history landing on Texas.

·      Hurricane Harvey – 4 days after the Eclipse

o  With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States.

o  The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.  [7]

Largest hurricane in recent history hitting Florida

·      Florida Governor – “We cannot save you!”  [8]

Largest earthquake in recent history off the coast of Mexico

·      New York Times:  MEXICO CITY — The most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years struck off the nation’s Pacific Coast late Thursday, rattling millions of residents in Mexico City with its violent tremors, killing at least 32 people and leveling some areas in the southern part of the country, closer to the quake’s epicenter.

About 50 million people across Mexico felt the earthquake, which had a magnitude of 8.2, the government said.  [9]

News:  Fire in Los Angeles reaches “Apocalyptic Proportions”[10]

 

Matthew 24:3–8

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?

And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.

5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

5604. ὠδίν ōdín; gen. ōdínos, fem. noun. Pain, sorrow. Used in the sing. when referring to the travail or pain of childbirth (1 Thess. 5:3). Used in the pl. when warning of the sorrows that would follow wars, famines and other catastrophes (Matt. 24:8; Mark 13:8; Sept.: Job 21:17; Nah. 2:10). In Acts 2:24 the ōdínas thanátou, the cords or snares of death in allusion to Ps. 18:4, 5.

Deriv.: sunōdínō (4944), to be in travail together; ōdínō (5605), to be in pain, travail.

Syn.: pónos (4192), pain of any kind; lúpē (3077), sorrow; móchthos (3449), labor, travail; stenochōría (4730), anguish; sunochḗ (4928), pressure, anguish; thlípsis (2347), affliction.

Ant.: hēdonḗ (2237), pleasure; chará (5479), joy; agallíasis (20), gladness; euphrosúnē (2167), joy, good–mindedness.[11]

 

1 In Jehoiakim’s days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up,

and Jehoiakim became his vassal (puppet) for three years.

Then Jehoiakim turned and rebelled against him.

·      A heritage of sin has left its consequences to the children of the children.

o  Jealous God:

Exodus 20:4–6

4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

 

2 Corinthians 11:2-4  (NLT)

2 For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself.

I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.

3 But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.

4 You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. [12]

 

 

Jehoiakim:

·      Selfishness, paganism, idolatry, convenience, anything but worshipping the Lord God.

o  I pity the many families that have chosen lives of selfishness and daily entertainment over the Lord.

 

2 Chronicles 36:5–6

5 Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

And he did evil in the sight of the Lord his God.

6 Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against him, and bound him in bronze fetters to carry him off to Babylon.

 

2 And the Lord sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets.

·      Raiding bands of:

o  Chaldeans

o  Syrians

o  Moabites

o  Ammonites

 

3 Surely at the commandment of the Lord this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done,

4 and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the Lord would not pardon.

·      Innocent blood 2017:

US since 1973: Roe vs Wade 
59,750,528.9

By Planned Parenthood since 1970
7,831,323.1

By Planned Parenthood this year
221,972.1

United States this Year 
634,533.9

Worldwide since 1980 
1,467,404,035

Worldwide this Year 
27,731,968  [13]

 

5 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?

6 So Jehoiakim rested with his fathers.

Then Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.

·      Jehoiachin (je-hoy’-a-kin) = The LORD will establish;
Jehovah has established. 
[14]

 

7 And the king of Egypt did not come out of his land anymore, for the king of Babylon had taken all that belonged to the king of Egypt from the Brook of Egypt to the River Euphrates.

8 Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months.

His mother’s name was Nehushta the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.

9 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father had done.

2 Chronicles 36:9–10

9 Jehoiachin was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months and ten days.

And he did evil in the sight of the Lord.

10 At the turn of the year King Nebuchadnezzar summoned him and took him to Babylon, with the costly articles from the house of the Lord, and made Zedekiah, Jehoiakim’s brother, king over Judah and Jerusalem.

 

·      Just to make sure our interest in what happened to the Egyptians and Pharaoh Necho

o  Nebuchadnezzar’s army wiped them all out and took all they had.

§  From the (brook?) Nile to Euphrates Rivers

o  A 100 day wonder

 

·      Nehushta (ne-hush’-tah) = Brass; bronze; a piece of brass.

o  Nehushtan (ne-hush’-tan) = A little brazen serpent; i.e., a contemptible piece of brass. Brazen. Enchanted.   [15]

 

10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.

11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city, as his servants were besieging it.

12 Then Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officers went out to the king of Babylon;

and the king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, took him prisoner.

13 And he carried out from there all the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house, and he cut in pieces all the articles of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of the Lord, as the Lord had said.

14 Also he carried into captivity all Jerusalem: all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the land.

15 And he carried Jehoiachin captive to Babylon.

The king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officers, and the mighty of the land he carried into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.

16 All the valiant men, seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths, one thousand, all who were strong and fit for war, these the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon.

17 Then the king of Babylon made Mattaniah, Jehoiachin’s uncle, king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah.

·      Power trip?  Most definitely

o  Identity change

 

18 Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

19 He also did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.

20 For because of the anger of the Lord this happened in Jerusalem and Judah, that He finally cast them out from His presence.

Then Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

·      Are you listening America?

·      Are you listening Congregation?

 



[1] http://churchleaders.com/outreach-missions/outreach-missions-blogs/152963-pete_wilson_why_doesnt_anyone_talk_about_sin.html

[2] https://www.gotquestions.org/cheap-grace.html

[3] The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Jas 4:17.

[4] Tyndale House Publishers, Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013), Jas 4:17.

[5] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[6] http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/are-recent-hurricanes-part-of-eclipse-prophecy.html

[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Harvey

[8] https://www.redstate.com/terichristoph/2017/09/07/we-cant-save-you-florida-governors-dire-warning-for-residents-in-the-path-of-hurricane-irma/

[9] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/world/americas/mexico-earthquake.html?mcubz=3

[10] https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/weekly-wrap-up-professional-surfer-dies-trying-to-ride-irma-waves-los-angeles-wildfire-creates-apocalyptic-scenes/70002674

[11] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[12] Tyndale House Publishers, Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2013), 2 Co 11:2–4.

[13] http://www.numberofabortions.com/

[14] Stelman Smith and Judson Cornwall, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos, 1998), 125.

[15] Stelman Smith and Judson Cornwall, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos, 1998), 183.