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Sin is Like an Infection

God doesn’t tell us not to sin because He’s mean. God loves us and knows how miserable we are when we choose sin.

You probably already know what happens to friends when one lies about the other. So, God told us not to do it (Exodus 20:16). All of God’s rules are like that.

But God knows we can’t be good all the time. The very first people ever made, our first parents, disobeyed God and we’ve been sunk ever since. The Bible calls anything we do or think against God “sin.” It’s a tiny word for a terrible thing. Kind of like germs!

English: These are e Coli.

E. Coli

This is just how Isaiah (64:6) talks about us. He says we are like wash clothes left scrunched by the kitchen sink. You know what happens to them, they grow a swarm of bacteria! There’s no point washing dishes with them, it would be more disgusting than before.

The sin deep inside us is like that. Before we’re even born, it starts growing in us and messes up everything we do (Psalm 51:5). The more we try to be good, the more God wrinkles His nose because it’s so gross.

 

IMG_3823When a wash cloth gets like this, we put it in some disinfectant to kill the germs and take away the bad smell. But we can’t do that to ourselves to kill sin!

If nothing changed, we would be good for nothing but the trash pile. But God loves us too much. He knew there was one way to clean out the sin all the way through us.

  • If there could a man born to Adam’s family who didn’t have any sin,
  • who was powerful enough to suck all our sin into himself and zap it gone,
  • he could make a cleanser for us.

But every child ever born was already dirty with their own sin infection! How did God do it?

You know the Christmas story: God sent part of Himself to be made into a man using only a young woman’s egg. The sin infection was passed on by fathers (Romans 5:12), so He never caught it. An angel told her what to call Him: Jesus. In Hebrew, His name means God is Savior, or Rescuer. God became our Brother!

When it was time, Jesus told His followers He had to die, but He would be alive again three days later. They couldn’t figure out how they could be rescued by their hero dying!

Goalfinder Blood-RBCGod’s rules tell us how it worked. He told Noah and his family (that’s all of us) not to eat blood because that’s where the life is (Genesis 9:4). He told Moses to always use a sacrifice with blood to cover sins (Hebrews 9:22).

Peter tells us we are bought back from sin with Jesus’ perfectly clean blood (I Peter 1:18). He also said Jesus pulled your sins and mine into Himself on the cross. When He did that, He killed the sin so we could be right with God (I Peter 2:24).   The infection is gone so we can be clean again.

There’s only one problem left. Imagine you bring a birthday present to someone’s party, but they’re mad at you and won’t take it. You did what you could, but the present isn’t theirs until they change their mind and open it.

John 1:10-12 tells us many people didn’t recognize Jesus. They wouldn’t believe Him. Only people who take Him can be the children of God. Jesus has done all the work already. All that’s left for each of us to do is believe Him and ask Him to wash us clean (Revelation 1:5).

Have you asked Jesus to wash away all your sin germs? All the work has been done, but Jesus won’t make you clean unless you want Him to.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. I John 1:7 NLT

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Wash your hands!

Science in the Bible: Hygiene

Wash your hands!

God Says

Remember when you were little and it was a bother to have to wash your hands before supper? That was before you learned about germs and diseases! When you study the scientific history of germs, you learn that we’ve only known about these little meanies for less than 200 years.  Although God didn’t tell the Israelites about the causes of diseases, He did show them how to protect themselves from them and gave them this promise:

e Coli bacteria

If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.  Exodus 15:26 

So, what did God tell them to do that would protect them from these diseases, or was it just a mysterious miracle?  I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on this stuff, because it gets really gross, but you’ll get the idea from these verses:

And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes,  Exodus 19:10

There are 29 verses that tell the people to wash their clothes to be clean before God.

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Washing hands (before shot)

And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water.  Exodus 29:4

50 times washing with water and bathing is mentioned in the Law.  You might start to get the idea that He’s as picky as the tidiest mother!

Then there are the more disgusting things like:

Thou shalt have a place also without the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad:  and thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon; and it shall be, when thou wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt turn back and cover that which cometh from thee:  for the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.  Deuteronomy 23:12-14

This passage always made me snicker when we read it during family devotions growing up (which wasn’t too often, but I sure remember the times we did!).  My favorite part is that God didn’t tell the Israelites that they would get sick if they disobeyed, He just reminded them that He didn’t want to have to step in poop when He came to visit them!

Model of bubonic plague bacteria - Smithsonian...

Model of bubonic plague bacteria – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty.  Leviticus 5:2

Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.  Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation before me, saith the LORD; and so is every work of their hands; and that which they offer there is unclean.  Haggai 2:13-14 

I picked the Haggai passage because it starts with the everyday law and goes on to show how gross our sin is.  They had been told many times (for all the details read Numbers 19:11-22) that touching a dead body was a very dirty thing.  The Law was very specific about the contamination that would happen to anything that touched these things.  If you couldn’t sterilize it, you had to destroy it! So, when God looked for the most disgusting thing to compare sin with, He chose dead bodies.  Haggai doesn’t really say how they could get rid of their sin except by turning back to God, but in a minute we’ll see how!

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean.  Leviticus 15:2

And the priest shall look upon him the seventh day: and if it be spread much abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the plague of leprosy.  Leviticus 13:27 

Now, watch what Jesus does:

Jesus on Hollywood BlvdAnd, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.  But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:20-22

 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  Matthew 8:3

And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.  And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.  Luke 7:14,15

Jesus showed the people over and over again that He was stronger than the uncleanness the Law warned them about.  He has power over unseen germs just as He has power over our unseen sin.

But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.  Matthew 9:6