Friday, April 17, 2009

consequences of sin

I felt sad for Aiah today who lost her 2 sons along with the other 5 sons from Saul’s lineage; the sons were killed as a result of Saul’s sin. Perhaps this is described in scriptures such as Numbers 14:18 “Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” There is certainly a wage for sin (Rom 6:23) and while our sins are forgiven through the blood of Christ, it appears that we still bear any ramification or consequences of our sins… and those consequences can trail us for a long time.

Recently I’ve been following the story of Demjanjuk for his alleged involvement with war crimes during the Holocaust. He is now 89 yrs old and is still being prosecuted for some decisions he made over SIXTY yrs ago. And suppose he is guilty of the allegations… that’s a VERY long time for his sin to be following him around! (Note: I am not presuming any direct or vicarious liability outside of what the court has found, it’s just a supposition.)

(Articles about Demjanjuk are on the internet; enter his name on or other search engines.)

Just some thoughts... LOVE YA :)


Mitchel Thomas Gonzalez said...

So what if you confess your sins to one another and to God, arn't we forgiven? And what about the sin's of our dads. Are we guilty of those as well? if so, we all need to have talks with our dad's and find out what's really going on

Inga Gerard said...

Consequences and reconciliation are two different things. The Israelites that died in the desert were forgiven by God but they were forced to pay the consequences of their sin which involved God willfully turning his face toward them in opposition. Remember his conversation with Moses when God was ready to destroy them and start over with Moses by giving hime sons to raise. He forgave but they still suffered the consequences of Justice. The children of those Israelites also suffered the consequence of the sins of their parents because of the lack of faith and obedience they their parents, the children did not have a good reference point for the type of fellowship and devotion God wanted from them. As a result, they also suffered from the same type of straying heart that their parents who fell in the desert died from.
Thanks be to God that he intends to use the Body of Christ to Re-Parent us according to His divine nature by actively pursuing His Heart and Mind and Spirit to dwell and live in Us.