Back to the Beginning: Genesis 19:30-20:18

Moving forward through the beginning, today, we find ourselves in Genesis 19:30-20:18. Open up your Bible or read online by clicking the Scripture reference.

Then God said to him in the dream,
“…it was I who kept you from sinning against me. …”
Genesis 20:6

Wow! There just seems to be no end to the shocking stories in Scripture.

Today we find incest and potentially adulterous lies. Wow!

The root of today’s shocking sins is fear. Fear there will be no husband to continue their father’s line. Fear of being killed, because there was no fear of the Lord. Fear leads us to all sorts of shocking things we would never dream of doing otherwise. Especially when our own fears or the fear of man are greater than our fear of the Lord.

I know I’ve sinned based on fear. Fear of being found out. Fear of losing relationships. Fear of being embarrassed. Clearly, in my life, my fears at some points have far outweighed my fear of God.

But here’s the rub. The one thing Believers need to remember. God says it Himself… when we sin, any sin, we sin against Him.

The Creator of the universe, the Founder of all that is right and wrong, moral and immoral, is the One we injure when we sin. It may seem like we are only injuring ourselves or others. Or like Abimelech, in our own integrity we may not even consider it sin. But God as Creator takes it all personally.

He is God of everyone, whether we acknowledge Him or not. And because He is the God of all: Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Wiccans, atheists, agnostics, and any other people groups you can think of, He is the One we offend when we break His law.

Sin is sin. God defines it. And that’s that.

Heavenly Father, may my fear of You far outweigh my fear of man
or fear of missing out on something I want. Help me to remember
You are God of gods and Lord of lords. There is no other.
Forgive me for the sins I’ve committed against You.

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