The saddest result of sin is the shame it brings to the Lord.
Sin produces so much evil, death, and destruction. When judgment for sin comes, it is devastating. Relationships can be crushed, reputation lost, and the price is always more than the transgressor thought it would be. If you want to know the price for sin, just think on Hell, the place eternal judgment takes place to pay for transgressions.
Of all the tragic things that happen when judgment for sin comes, the worst has to be the shame and reproach it brings to the name of Christ. When a child of God sins and judgment comes, it reproaches His name.
Those who the sinner was witnessing to, coworkers, family members, church members, and more are all effected. A person sin never just impacts their life alone, there is a rippling effect that touches so many. God’s name is run through the mud, and a life that should have been a beacon of God’s grace and glory is now a bastion of shame and reproach.
The most tragic thing about the exile had to be the destruction of the temple. Not one stone was left upon another… it was stripped and burned to the ground. The building of the temple by Solomon had been something David had longed for, and was symbolic of the relationship Israel had with their God, Jehovah. The significance of the building was not the gold, silver, or other precious valuables, but rather the glory of God that rested upon that place.
Remember when Solomon dedicated the Temple, and God’s glory filled the temple? It was a beautiful reality that God would be there for His people and would commune with them. Now that same building is decimated and destroyed.
Israel’s sin brought reproach on not only themselves, but on the name of the Lord.
The thing that ought to grieve a child of God more than anything is when their sin maligns and disgraces the name of Jesus. We ought to strive to never allow anything in our life that would shame the cause of Christ.
Daily Scripture Reading
“And burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire:”