TITLE: The Devil Made Me Do It
DATE: August 20, 2019
TEXT: 1 John 1:9-10- ESV - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
When Satan slithered into the Garden of Eden it was his desire to drive a wedge between the Creator and His children. It was a job in which he was 100% successful and the result of his work is visible around the world today.
Looking at those events, you would have to say if the tragedy of sin were not of such a grand scale, it would be laughable. You remember how it begins with the all-knowing God looking for His sinful children who think they can hide and who believe He won’t notice they are now clothed in the latest Paris fashion in leafs.
God begins the questioning with Adam:”What did you do?”
Well, passing the buck didn’t work so good back then and it doesn't do so good today.
Case in point. Indianapolis Police Officer with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. He was outraged to find a McDonald’s employee had taken a few nibbles out of his McChicken sandwich. Knowing the desecration must have been perpetrated by a cop-hating McDonald’s employee, the officer went and complained to McDonald’s and to his Superiors at the station.
Both took the crime seriously and both immediately began an investigation.
It was the Sheriff’s office which found the answer. The officer had picked up the sandwich at the beginning of his shift and put it in the refrigerator until later. Before he did so, he took a couple of nibbles...a fact he completely had forgotten seven hours later when he got time to eat.
And result ends up with the very embarrassed and forgetful officer apologizing to McDonalds.
Now a case can be made that the actions of Adam and Eve were different than that of the police officer. People who hold this opinion say Adam and Eve acted deliberately, while the Police officer was ignorant of the unfair accusation he was making.
Now I agree that there is a different level of guilt, but I still maintain in all cases the guilt was being shifted... just like it is in many of our lives.
If you doubt what I’m saying, watch any of the “Judge Shows” which are on television. If you doubt it, watch the children throw each other under the bus when you ask “Whose turn is it to let out the dog?” If you doubt it, stand with any policeman when he tries to break up a domestic fight.
Which is why we ought to listen to the Lord. He died to take away our sins. We dare not insult Him and pretend these transgressions aren’t there.
Those sins are there... which is why we need the Savior.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, be merciful to me a sinner. In Jesus’ Name I ask it. Amen.
The devotion for today was inspired by various recent news articles. For further reading you may wish to go to this address: https://www.newser.com/story/278433/who-messed-with-cops-sandwich-a-surprise-culprit.htmland the article written by John Johnson.
The music which introduces and concludes our devotions was written by Guy Baumann. He along with three of his brothers perform on the album: The Baumann Brothers which may be ordered here: http://thebaumannbrothers.com/index.html