Sin is fun, until payday comes due. R.C. Sproul said, “At the Final Judgment, everyone will stand before God alone.” It really is a sobering thought, that we will have to give an account of our actions (or inactions) in this life. Jesus even said in Matthew 12:26, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
For years, Israel had played with sin and wrong. They ignored the Word of God, prophets of God, and house of God. There were those rare exceptions of good kings in Judah, but overall the Northern and Southern Kingdoms rejected God’s way. Between the two Kingdoms there were 39 kings during the divided kingdom era, and only 8 of them were classified as good by God.
Often the Temple was in disrepair and looted, offerings were not being done properly or at all, false gods and pagan practiced filled the land, and Sabbaths (weekly and annual) were being skipped. God’s tolerance of such behavior had been clearly explained to Israel, and they refused to believe that God would keep His Word. He had promised that He would judge them if they behaved wickedly, and now judgment is coming,
For the Northern Kingdom, judgment came over 100 years before the Southern, but the south’s day came. Judah, the Southern Kingdom, finally was judged by God in 586 BC by Babylon. The stated purpose was so that the land might have her Sabbaths. The wickedness of the people had been evidenced by their refusal to keep even the most basic of the Laws of God.
Sin is fun, but it is only fun for a short time, and the consequences are grave. The old saying, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” Is very true. The consequences of sin far outweigh the enjoy it provided temporarily.
I want to remind you this morning that you will reap what you sow, and there is a judgment day coming. You WILL stand before God, ALONE, and give an account of your life. Your deeds, good or bad, will be made plain before God, and He, in perfect righteousness and equity, will determine reward or loss.
I am so thankful that I am not trying to earn my way into heaven, but I also do realize that I will give an account. There is still reward and loss for my actions. God has commissioned me and you with a job, and we need to be busy about the Father’s work. Don’t be lulled into the false hope that you can do it tomorrow… for tomorrow will never come. Don’t sacrifice the rewards of eternity for the temporary pleasures of this short life.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Chronicles 35 - 36
2 Chronicles 36:16
But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy.
• What was significant about Josiah keeping the Passover?
• Why did Josiah seem bent on fighting Necho king of Egypt?
• Who is Jehoahaz?
• Why was Eliakim made king, and why was his name changed?
• Who is Jehoiachin?
• Who is Zedekiah?
• Why did Judah ignore and persecute the prophets of God?
• Why did the land need to enjoy her Sabbaths?
• How long was it before Cyrus would come along, and the people return?