THE CYCLE OF SIN
Sin is never satisfied — it festers, grows, spreads and destroys all things in its path. The unnamed Levite and the people of Gibeah illustrate the depth of depravity of which humans are capable. There seemed to be no end to the self-centeredness of mankind apart from God’s gracious intervention. This reality was compounded in the seasons when the nation was without human leaders; though, even when they had leaders they proved to be incapable of consistent obedience. They needed a deliverer, a Savior, to break the cycle of sin, condemnation and death.
Paul declared that Jesus’ once-for-all sacrifice breaks the death-grip of sin and sets believers free to live a righteous life (Romans 6:15 – 23). Whereas the just outcome of sin is death, the fruit of Jesus’ work is freedom, joy and holiness. Jesus’ victory is the only power great enough to break the power of sin within the nation of Israel and all of humanity.
Jesus, thank you for rescuing me from sin. Help me to not give sin any kind of foothold, so I can live in your freedom, joy and holiness. Amen.
29 When he had come into his house, he took a knife, and cut up his concubine, and divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the borders of Israel. 30 It was so, that all who saw it said, “Such a deed has not been done or seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt to this day! Consider it, take counsel, and speak.”
15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be! 16 Don’t you know that when you present yourselves as servants and obey someone, you are the servants of whomever you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that, whereas you were bondservants of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were delivered. 18 Being made free from sin, you became bondservants of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh, for as you presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to wickedness upon wickedness, even so now present your members as servants to righteousness for sanctification. 20 For when you were servants of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit then did you have at that time in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now, being made free from sin, and having become servants of God, you have your fruit of sanctification, and the result of eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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