Summary: Why does God allow us to sin when He knows we are going to do it? Why does God allow evil to exist when He knows that it disrupts His plans?
• God is all Powerful; All Knowing; Everywhere.
o Why does God allow us to sin when He knows we are going to do it?
o Why does God allow evil to exist when He knows that it disrupts His plans? Why?
• We talked last week about how God doesn’t need us. We were created for His pleasure Rev. 4:11 and the bible tells us in Acts 17:24-25 that God doesn’t need anything for He is the giver of everything? He is God and if He chose to He could save people right from heaven. He has chosen to use us for our blessing not because He needs us. We need to be about fulfiling our reason for being here on this earth and that is to please God! Solomon asked a question in the Song of Solomon at the very start "what is man’s purpose" and that whole book is his account of trying to find the answer. He looked in wealth, women, and everywhere. At the conclusion he said this "the whole of the matter is this, Love God and Keep His commandments". That is how we please God by loving Him and being obedient to Him.
I. God Gave us dominion!
A. Genesis 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
B. Psalms 8:4-9 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen-- Even the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
1. God created man as majestic creatures who were to rule over His creation but in our fallen state we are a perversion of what God created us to be.
C. Psalms 19:12-14 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
1. The Psalmist asks to be delivered from both sins of ignorance and willful or presumptious sins and to ask God not to allow them to have dominion over him.
D. Matt. 24:45-51 "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ’My master is delaying his coming,’ 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
1. God gave us dominion and what are we doing with that charge?
2. When Jesus comes back are we going to be living for Him or are we going to be do whatever we want?
II. We Surrendered Our Dominion to Sin and Satan!
A. Psalms 119:133 Direct my steps by Your word, And let no iniquity have dominion over me.
B. Romans 6 Emphasis VS 16
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.