Sins Effect on Others
To continue with this series on sin were going to continue from the effects that sin has on the world and go into what effect sin has on others, what effect sin has on the people around you. If you don’t know what sin is at all then go ahead and read the post we did on sin. There are basic and obvious sins that will affect others, such as if you murder someone that will affect them or if you rape someone that will affect them. Rather focus on obvious sins that affect others let’s look at sins we see as little sins, things that we thing only affect us and let’s look at how those things that we see as insignificant affect us.
One of the best pictures is out of the story of Jacob, God tells Jacob multiple times to go to the city of Bethel
Then the Lord said to Jacob, “Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you.” Genesis 31:3
I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where you made a vow to Me; now arise, [h]leave this land, and return to the land of your birth.” Genesis 31:13
So Jacob gets up and goes with his family towards the city of Bethel, but he decides to stop in the Canaanite city of Shechem. Jacob then sets up in Shechem, he buys land and everything even sets up an altar for God there is well even though God tells him to set it up in the city of Bethel.
Then everything within this starts going wrong for Jacob starting in Chapter 34 When Dinah one of Jacob’s daughters goes out to visit the daughters of the land
When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he took her and lay with her by force. He was deeply attracted to Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her. So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this young girl for a wife.” Genesis 34: 2-4
Now when Jacob’s sons find out about this it says that they were very grieved by what had happened, they were very grieved, it says they were very angry because he had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacobs daughters
But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter; please give her to him in marriage. Intermarry with us; give your daughters to us and take our daughters for yourselves. Thus you shall live with us, and the land shall be open before you; live and trade in it and acquire property in it.” Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “If I find favor in your sight, then I will give whatever you say to me. Ask me ever so much bridal payment and gift, and I will give according as you say to me, but give me the girl in marriage.” Genesis 34: 8-12
The sons of Jacob responded by saying they could not accept giving their sisters and their daughters over to someone who was uncircumcised so they made a deal with Hamor.
Only on this condition will we consent to you: if you will become like us, in that every male of you be circumcised, then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters for ourselves, and we will live with you and become one people. But if you will not listen to us to be circumcised, then we will take our daughter and go.” Genesis 34:15-17
So Hamor and Shechem agreed to this and spoke to the men of the city telling them of this deal that they had made, so all of the men within the city listened to him and got circumcised. The sons of Jacob then use this opportunity.
Now it came about on the third day, when they were in pain, that two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, each took his sword and came upon the city unawares, and killed every male. They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah from Shechem’s house, and went forth. Jacob’s sons came upon the slain and looted the city because they had defiled their sister. They took their flocks and their herds and their donkeys, and that which was in the city and that which was in the field; and they captured and looted all their wealth and all their little ones and their wives, even all that was in the houses. Genesis 34: 25-29
This is the result of the disobedience of Jacob, this is the result of stopping short from where God called him to be.
Sin has an effect on us and the people around us no matter how big or how small the sin may be. In Jacob’s instance, his sin and his overall disobedience towards God had massive consequences not only on him but on the people surrounding him.
Even in his disobedience and even through everything God is faithful to Jacob and he is patient with him, and in chapter 35 God tells Jacob once more to go to Bethel and this time Jacob packs up and listens and when he gets there God speaks with him again.
God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; You shall no longer be called Jacob, But Israel shall be your name. ”Thus He called him Israel. God also said to him, “I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall [m]come from you, And kings shall come forth from you. “The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, And I will give the land to your descendants after you.” Genesis 35:10-12
We are in a modern era where are culture is so dependent on the concept of instant gratification this idea that when we want something we want it then and this culture is effecting our way we look at things, our way we seek pleasure, our way we seek happiness, and our way we view others. We live in an era where sin is literally no more than the click of a mouse away so these “little” sins that we think won’t have effects on us and have an effect on others are becoming more drastic than ever, we’re seeing relationships harmed by that, we’re seeing people in leadership positions being affected by it, we’re seeing families affected by it, and we’re seeing the youth affected by the sins that we have. Now more than ever we’re seeing this massive effect on others from sin.
I really enjoyed the text left in the post on what sin is so I wanted to leave that for another opportunity to digest it.
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:26-29