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Deuteronomy 21-22:30

21 Then all the men of the town must stone him to death. In this way, you will cleanse this evil from among you, and all Israel will hear about it and be afraid. …23 …Do not defile the land the LORD your God is giving you as a special possession.

The idea that the land under our feet is affected by our sins was first introduced in Genesis when Cain killed his brother Abel (Genesis 4:10), and God told Cain that the voice of his brother, whom he killed, cried out from the ground. No fewer than nine verses speak about the effects of sin upon the earth eight in the Old Testament and one in the New (Numbers 35:33,34; Psalms 106:38; Isaiah 24:5; Jeremiah 2:7; 16:18 Ezekiel 36:17,18 Romans 8:22). In Leviticus we came across three verses that speak about the land vomiting out its inhabitants because of sin and wickedness (Leviticus 18:25,28 & 20:22)

My question is how much, if any, are the climatic changes, drought, torrential rain, earthquakes caused by our sin? Geologist and meteorologist may point to shifting plates under the earth and changing air currents above the earth, sun spot activity and such like but are our sins, the sins we allow to happen the true cause? I have wrestled with asking God’s forgiveness for someone who has sinned against a family, a community and country never fully understanding why this was something God commanded; but, I think I have been given understanding of why. Their sins, my sins effect and affect the earth. The earth cries out for justice and desires to be cleansed for filth that we, humans, God’s folks commit upon the land that God created.

Forgiveness; repentance, even for the sins of others; restoration and the activity we do to obtain, release and confer it on others is a gift that we are to give freely because forgiveness is what we need to do because it effects and affects the very ground we walk on.

Thank you Mike for your comments they helped me to further understand and see the power of forgiveness and repentance of and from sin.

I’ve been thinking that every law God gave, every decree to not do something is not given because God doesn’t want us to have fun, but it is because he wants us to enjoy life and have fun that He gives us these laws. We sin because we lack godly Wisdom to see further down the road of our sinning toward sins consequences. And because we don’t want to see the effects we pretend they are 1) none or 2) we disconnect the effects from the cause taking on the role of children who have not learned how to think abstractly. So when the consequences come to fruition we scratch our heads and say, “How did that get there!” or we try to blame it on something or someone else. We must, I must learn to look down that road because truthfully sin is pleasurable, for a season and only for a season, but the payment extracts a payment that we can never pay off. Once we move from hating the consequences of sin to hating sin itself then we will stop.

Luke 9:51-10:12

54 When James and John heard about it, they said to Jesus, "Lord, should we order down fire from heaven to burn them up?"

I love this passage because it shows me that Jesus loves the loud mouths too, we have a purpose. Yes, we need to control ourselves. But Jesus loved them and even gave them a nickname, “Sons of Thunder.” (Mark 3:17). Let’s hear it for the “big mouth” folks.

Following Jesus costs us something (Luke 9:57-62). Free doesn’t mean cheap, inexpensive may not mean value and expensive doesn’t mean quality.

Proverbs 23:23 (Amp)
Buy the truth and sell it not; not only that, but also get discernment and judgment, instruction and understanding.

John 14:16 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus is the Pearl of Great Price that once found we should sell everything we have to obtain Him.

Psalm 74:1-23

1 O God, why have you rejected us forever?
Why is your anger so intense against the sheep of your own pasture?

I’m don’t know what the literary style of writing that is used in the Psalm is called but I do know that it seems to remind God of what the enemy has done and what He has promised to do to Israel’s enemy. Yet although it appears to be reminding a forgetful God, in reality it is reminding the writer and reader of the adversities of the past and how God intervened and delivered. What God has done in the past He will continue to do because He doesn’t change.

It is good to rehearse in our memory and in our own hearing our past trials and troubles to remind us of the outcome. Since God doesn’t change we know that what He did in the past He will do in the future.

Proverbs 12:11

Idling away ones time may not mean one is just sitting around doing nothing. It can also mean one is doing something that is outside of their God given purpose. We can be busy but ineffective because we are doing things outside of our assignment. Kind of like a athlete who has been ability and training of a golfer but decides to take that training and do the job of a Quarterback. He is idling his time on the wrong field and in the wrong sport, and he may get killed by the defense line.

Grace and peace,

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