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Scapegoats! (Part II of III)

Scapegoats! (Part II of III)

Genesis 3:8-13, The man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You put here with me, she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” When God asked Adam about his sin, Adam blamed Eve and God. Then Eve blamed the serpent. How easy it is to excuse our sins by blaming someone else. We often fall into the trap of blaming others or circumstances for our personal failures. But God knows the truth! and God holds each of us responsible for what we do and what we say. And how should we behave? Quickly admit our sin and apologize to God. Don’t try to get away with sin by blaming someone else. Ezekiel 18:20 (God has spoken to Ezekiel and Ezekiel is speaking to the Hebrews), “The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.” A father’s sins may bring loss and grief to his son, but they bring the son no guilt. Likewise, a son’s sins may disturb his father greatly, but they do not make the father guilty. With God Almighty as our Observer and our Judge, there is no way for you and me to escape responsibility for how we live our lives. Next time: Biblical Israel, scapegoats and God, considered, in the conclusion to “Scapegoats!” Like us at Facebook: firstchristianchurchdonnatexas. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ...

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