Summary: This sermon teaches us how we are accountable to God for our Sin. It explores some of the different ways that we try to excuse our sin.
It is me O’ Lord
In this passage of scripture the young man had to come to himself and say, “I have sinned.”
It is me O’ Lord, standing in the need of prayer.
In the 1950s a psychologist, Stanton Samenow, and a psychiatrist, Samuel Yochelson, sharing the conventional wisdom that crime is caused by environment, set out to prove their point. They began a 17-year study involving thousands of hours of clinical testing of 250 inmates here in the District of Columbia. To their astonishment, they discovered that the cause of crime cannot be traced to environment, poverty, or oppression. Instead, crime is the result of individuals making, as they put it, wrong moral choices.
Notice that this son gets as low as he can possible get but then realizes that he is the reason why and decides to do something about he says that I have sinned.
One of the foundational doctrines of the Bible is not only that all have sinned as we are told in Romans 3:23, but that all of us are personally accountable to God for our sin… We are created in the image of God and God holds each of us accountable for our sin.
What is sin?
Man call is an accident, God calls it abomination.
Man calls it a defect, God calls it a disease.
Man calls it an error, God calls it an enmity.
Man calls it a liberty, God calls it lawlessness.
Man calls it a trifle, God calls it a tragedy.
Man calls it a mistake, God calls it madness.
Man calls it a weakness, God calls it willfulness.
The Psalmist comes to this realization in Psa 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: Psa 139:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psa 41:4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
The Apostle Paul said in Romans chapter 7 Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
Rom 7:23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Rom 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
Frderick the Great of Prussia was walking on the outskirts of Berlin when he encountered a very old man proceeding in the opposite direction.
“Who are you?” asked Frederick.
“I am a king,” replied the old man.
“A King!” laughed Frederick. “Over what kingdom do you reign?”
“Over myself” was the proud reply.
A reporter once asked the great evangelist D.L. Moody which people gave him the most trouble. He answered immediately, “I’ve had more trouble with D.L. Moody than any man alive.:
There are several approaches that have seen in History and even practice in our own lives.
First, We tend to Blame Others
The only thing some people learn from their mistakes is to blame them on others
Blaming others is something learned very young in live
Ken crockett tells this story in a book titled 911 handbook
One day when my son Scott was two years old, I heard him crying. I went into his room and my daughter Hannah, who was four, was there also. A plastic bat was lying on the floor.
"What happened to Scott?" I asked.
Hannah answered, "He hit his head."
She pointed toward the bat on the floor and said, "The bat."
"Where was the bat?"
She said, "In my hand."
Gen 3:9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?"
Gen 3:10 And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself."
Gen 3:11 He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"
Gen 3:12 The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate."
Gen 3:13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."
Notice that all though God knows that the woman took the fruit of the tree first he starts by talking to Adam…
Adam puts blame on both Eve and God, The Eve Blames the serpent. But no one takes the blame for the sin…
If we are stopped for speeding we immediately offer an excuse, such as “I was going with the flow of traffic” (blaming someone else) or “I didn’t see the sign noting the speed change” (blaming something else). We try to excuse our behavior and lessen the guilt and even the consequence of our sin.