Sinning yourself into a corner
Robert Wurtz II
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? You see to it. (Matthew 27:3-4)
There is something about sin that allures folk to toy around with it until it is impossible to undo what is being done. Our passage is a case in point. Judas was a thief that carried the bag. At some point he decided to betray our Lord. By committing himself to the course of action, he was slowly reaching a point of no return. If we could somehow capture this event and watch it unfold in slow motion we would be horrified at how this man withstood all the means made available to him for resisting the temptation, only to blaze right through- headlong into destruction. Like the old “Kibbles and Bits” dog food commercial, where the viewer is able to hear the song of the puppy’s heart;”♪♫♪ Kibbles and Bits, ♪ Kibbles and Bits, ♫ Kibbles and Bits and Bits and Bits ♫♪“; his mind was fixed on the enjoyment of pursuing the reward of iniquity. Soon Satan entered him and he did the dastardly deed. Many walk a similar path thinking they can “un-do” what they are about to do. The Devil just laughs and jeers when you try to come back and undo it all. “what is that to me?” says, he. He got what he wanted, and you got what you thought you wanted.
Slow motion destruction
One of the hardest things in life, is to watch a person break through the road blocks God has set up in their life to keep them from destruction. Like a thousand voices are shouting “Stop!, turn back! don’t go this way!,” but to no avail. Like old blue eyes himself, some people will hair-lip the devil so they can say “I did it my way.” But when the ear is deaf to the voice of reason destruction is looming, you can bank on that. There is nothing left but to become a statistic. This is right where the Devil wants people. A wise man is careful, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident. (Proverbs 14:16) Sinning with confidence is surely evidence of great pride and deception. Like the man pictured above, one sin is laid down on top of another until there is no place to go. It is a total fiasco.
Things you can’t “Un-do”
Some say it’s better to beg forgiveness than beg permission. In the Kingdom of God, when it comes to sin you will never get permission. If you disregard God’s precepts then you and those around you will suffer the consequences. Sin always causes suffering. It is not until you or I are on the receiving end of some sin that we truly appreciate the wisdom of God’s precept. It is sad that it is that way, but we must realize this. “Thou shalt not steal” is all academic until someone steals something that is dear to you. “Thou shalt not kill” is just another law until someone you love is murdered. “Thou shalt not commit adultery” is an archaic phrase until someone takes the love that belongs solely to you and gives it to another.
God is a loving and forgiving God, but some sins simply cannot be undone. The consequences remain. For example, you can’t un-murder somebody. You can’t get “un-pregnant” (even savage abortion does not undo the pregnancy). You can’t “un-burn down” the neighbors house and bring back all of his/her cherished belongings. I’m sorry, but you and I simply can’t undo some things once they are done. Esau found out the hard way that he could no “undo” the sale of his birthright. So the only real cure is prevention. Stop while you still can. If not, you will live with it. The more destruction you and I cause to our life, the more difficult our life will be. God gives us grace and mercy, but grace and mercy are not the solution. Prevention is the solution. Listening to wise counsel is the solution. Obeying the word of God is the solution. Obey now, while your life is still in tact and the damage is limited.