Three ways to die
GE 3:21-24 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
God told Adam that when you sin - you die - one way or another.
What was it like to see an animal skinned? Old Yeller movie - heartrending.
All sin kills, You can die physically, spiritually or relationally.
Physically ? no second chance, car crash, OD, guns, cancer
Youth pastor Chris Perry, was at the March 24, 1998 Jonesboro school shootings. He said, "An emergency room and a funeral home have a way of driving home what really matters in life. Two middle schoolers?one of them a former member of my youth group ?pulled a fire alarm at a middle school in my hometown, then killed five people as they ran from the building.
Mitchell Johnson, one of the shooters, sat staring back at me behind bulletproof glass at the county detention center. Mitchell spent about six weeks in my ministry and had professed his faith in Christ during a youth revival at my church. I see the fear and confusion in his eyes, and I remember the outrage I felt. This memory hurts.
I see a coffin at the front of a church during a funeral for one of the victims. And I remember the growing sense of urgency I felt as I considered my calling. When you’re staring at the coffin of a middle schooler, it suddenly doesn’t matter whether you’re building a better Web site or designing an award-winning newsletter or compiling an impressive résumé. No. Absolutely not. Coffins and graves keep us accountable to our calling.
Relationally ? broken trust, broken vows, betrayal, who hasn’t experienced this?
Think of someone who is dead to you relationally.
Spiritually ? fear is that you would not want a second chance. Can we find our way back?
How does this happen ? hearts hard to God, insensitive to sin?
We chocolate coat insects ? ever eat one?
The Danger of glossing over sin ? it doesn’t make death any less certain
We tell white lies, we say greed is good, gossip is news - selfishness is justifiable, whorehouse is mustang ranch, gambling is gaming, smut is gentlemen clubs. We call it dysfunction, affairs, fling, lifestyle, choices a phase we’re going through, misdeed, naughtiness - but it is still garbage.
Sin is ugly - destructive, shaming, if we tolerate it - it lowers us into an abyss
Sin goes on Killing
Gen. 4:2-16. ...Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let’s go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?"