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Monday, June 1, 2015

Three B's of Sin

 Israel is about to be dominated by Egypt in Exodus 1:11-14.  "So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12 But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly."
This gives us a great illustration of the 3 B’s of sin.
A. The bondage of sin.
v. 11, 14 This new Pharaoh is a picture of Satan, the toughest taskmaster you’ll ever have. He’s shrewd and such a deceiver. V. 10 shows this clearly, “let us deal wisely with them...” 
B. The burden of sin.
v. 11 There’s no greater burden than the burden of sin, and no greater blessing than having that burden lifted. The OT has 3 Hebrew words which are translated as ‘forgive.’ One means to send away. One means to cover. One means to ‘lift away.’.  
C. The bitterness of sin.
v. 14 It may be fun for a while, but it always ends badly, and with regret. Proverbs 9:17-18: "Stolen water is sweet; food eaten in secret is delicious!" But little do they know that the dead are there, that her guests are in the depths of the grave.

There is pleasure in sin, for a season. Like the moth to the flame, like a bug to a zapper, like an insect to fly paper, saying I want to taste that sweet honey, and then we realize we’re stuck! You think you can have a little sin, and then you realize the sin has you! Make today your day of freedom - ask God to forgive and repent of your sins.
Amen?