Linggo, Enero 22, 2017

Sins and Punishments

No one is free of sin. Not even the great men of the Bible. Everybody is not free from the the snare of the devil. See their stories below:
He was chosen to be the leader of the Israel people to flee from Egypt to the land of Canaan. Remember that he killed an Egyptian to save the slave Jew. One day, when he saw both Jews were fighting, he tried to stop them.However, one of the Jew who saw what he did to the Egyptian whom he killed, said to him that would he also kill him.He could rather passed it unnoticed, since he was living in the protection of the Egyptian pharaoh. However, knowing that he was a Jew himself and so he escaped to Midian. Moses gave his life for others.
That might be the reason why he was chosen by God to lead the Jewish people.
The Sin of Moses and the Punishment of God to him
While travelling on the desert the Jews were complaining and keep on rebelling, because they have no water. Therefore, Moses talked to God on what to do. So, he did as God told him to struck the stuff so that the bitter water of Meribah  become sweet so water will be able to drink by the Jews. However, instead of striking the staff only once , he struck it twice with anger and God get angry of what he did. In Numbers 20:12
12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”
So, the punishment, Moses will die before he could enter the promised land -Canaan.
He was favored by God because of his trust in Him. So, he was given power to kill the gigantic Goliath of Philistine. He was anointed king by God and made him a great ruler. However, David , too committed a great sin which made God angry.
The sin of David and his Punishment
In 2 Samuel 12:9-12
Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. 10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel, before the sun.’”
The son from that fateful union with Bathsheba died. His daughter Tamar was raped by her half brother Amnon, who himself was later killed by a full brother toTamar ,Absalom in revenge. Eventually Absalom was killed following his attempted rebellion against his father’s kingdom.
Solomon was the son of David to Bathseba. He was made great king of God because when God asked him what he wants, Solomon(12 years old that time) asked for wisdom rather than material things and power. God was delighted from his request. The wisdom endowed to him by God made him great and known to many neighboring countries. However, Solomon, too committed sins. In 1King 11
11 Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides the daughter of the king of Egypt he married Hittite women and women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon. He married them even though the Lord had commanded the Israelites not to intermarry with these people, because they would cause the Israelites to give their loyalty to other gods. Solomon married seven hundred princesses and also had three hundred concubines. They made him turn away from God, and by the time he was old they had led him into the worship of foreign gods. He was not faithful to the Lord his God, as his father David had been. He worshiped Astarte, the goddess of Sidon, and Molech, the disgusting god of Ammon. He sinned against the Lord and was not true to him as his father David had been. On the mountain east of Jerusalem he built a place to worship Chemosh, the disgusting god of Moab, and a place to worship Molech, the disgusting god of Ammon. He also built places of worship where all his foreign wives could burn incense and offer sacrifices to their own gods.
Solomon, disobeyed God when he married several foreign (foreign if not considered from Israel clan)women. He turned away from God and worshipped the idols of these foreign women. So , God brought him so many enemies that took away his kingdom from him until  he died.
ABRAM – ABRAHAM-iba ang kay Abrahm. WHY?
Why was Abraham chosen by God? Abram was the son of Terah who was the chief officer of mighty king of Babylon,Nimrod who was an astrologer(reading future through star gazing) and a pagan believer. One day, he read that the son of Terah would be a threat to his kingdom. So, he ordered Terah to bring him his son to be put to death by the king. However, Terah took the son of a slave, gave it to King Nimrod and saved his son and wife into the cave and stayed there for 10 years.
As Abrahm sees the outside world, he was thinking that there was a great God who created the universe and everything, and that it’s foolish to worship the sun, moon or everything that was created by a great God.
        Buti pa si Abraham , narealized niya na hindi dapat sumamba sa mga nilikha ng Dios, pero ngayon ang napakaraming tao sa mundo ay nabulag sa pagsamba sa mga nilikha ng Dios na tao na ginawan ng rebulto.
The sin of Abraham
However, even Abraham, the great father of Israel did not escape the snare of the devil. When he and Sarah went to Egypt , they disguised to be brother and sister for fear of their life. so, they lied to the king of Egypt, Abimelech. However, this time God keep Abraham and did not do any punishment.
Remember, God had a covenant with Abrahm-that he will be the father of many time nations. Instead, God  punished the Pharoh for  Moses to realize his mistakes. Sometimes God has to intervene to fulfill his promise and plans.
We have learned that in every sin we committed there is an equal punishment. Remember that God is a Just God. Therefore, whether be it big or very small, all sin has an equal punishment. This is the way of God for us to be polished, until we learned from our mistakes and strainghtened our path to righteousness. But, some people specially those who do not know God yet, do not realize this. Some people accused God for their sufferings.
When we suffer setbacks in our life, let’s contemplate and think deeply why these things are happening. What have you done to deserve such punishment? Did we not committed a sin against God? Remember that any sin we do is committed against God, not to the person , but to God.

Galatians 6:7 

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.

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