THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN
From Genesis 3, we were informed of the Fall of man through disobedience. The LORD God provided Adam and Eve every necessary thing for them to make them comfortable. A beautiful home was built for them, tree bearing fruits were planted all around the garden, even rivers were made to flow around them. But the only instruction given to them not to touch or eat one particular tree was flouted. This was a serious offence to the Creator that made them and provided everything they needed for them. What else can God do to people who had no regard for Him, other than to show them that they cannot be together, by sending them away from their comfort zone? There are some life lessons that pointed out that some things that are not appreciated when lost can then open one up to the importance of such things. Adam and Eve lost the fellowship of the loving God that created them and then faced the consequences of separation from those things they had taken for granted. They now entered the labor force, and began to labor for everything. They labored to make ends meet, Eve labored to carry pregnancy for 9 months, and also labored to deliver the baby in pain and sorrow. She continued to labor to take care of her husband and the children given to them. The family continued to labor to put the children on the right path so that they do not fall into the same problem they fell into. Sin has a way of multiplying itself if not properly dealt with. The sin of envy, jealousy, anger, bitterness, hatred had multiplied in the life of one of the children, and that was Cain. Cain and Abel offered sacrifice to God, but that of Cain was rejected while Abel’s own was accepted by God. Because he was jealous of his brother’s acceptance by God while his was rejected, he was led to kill his brother, Abel. This is multiplication of sin, the first murder took place in the family between brothers. Cain again got punishment from God for allowing the ground to swallow his brother’s blood, and he was made a wanderer on the surface of the earth. That is he was made to leave his father and mother, and became homeless, moving from one city to another. What a life without God!!!
Brothers and sisters, can we see what sin can cause from parents to children? Sin spreads like Cancer. The sin of Adam and Eve moves from generation to generation until now. The root of sin needs to be uprooted from our lives by dealing with it through the blood of Jesus. It is only the blood of Jesus that can wash away our sins and make us as white as snow. It is by honoring the invitation of Jesus that can make you to enter Rest by taking away all your burden from you. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you Rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” It is an exchange that God came for through Jesus Christ. The fellowship that was lost in the garden of Eden was restored through Jesus Christ. When we come to Jesus and submit to Him, then our years will be years of Rest from all the labors we have entered into because of our sins.
I pray that year 2019 will be a peaceful and enjoyable year for all of us in Jesus name, Amen. It is well with you,