It is definitely a good question to ask ourselves!
Paul David Tripp poses the inquiry this way; “How serious are you about the sin that was the reason for the most costly sacrifice ever made?” (New Morning Mercies, June 5) God is serious about sin and we gain a vivid picture of His seriousness about sin when we read the drama which unfolds in the Garden of Eden according to Genesis 3:14-19 (CSV):
14 So the Lord God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this,
you are cursed more than any livestock
and more than any wild animal.
You will move on your belly
and eat dust all the days of your life.
15 I will put hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.
16 He said to the woman:
I will intensify your labor pains;
you will bear children with painful effort.
Your desire will be for your husband,
yet he will rule over you.
17 And he said to the man, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘Do not eat from it’:
The ground is cursed because of you.
You will eat from it by means of painful labor
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 You will eat bread by the sweat of your brow
until you return to the ground,
since you were taken from it.
For you are dust, and you will return to dust.”
We should recognize that God took the sin committed in the Garden very serious, and we likewise need to understand that He still views our sin as a grave danger to us today. The Bible teaches us that only one thing could merit God’s forgiveness for sin. The people of the Old Testament days sought a worthy sacrifice for their sin but only one sacrifice would allow God to forgive and restore a person. His name is Jesus!
And the Bible says according to Romans 5:8 that God demonstrated His love for us (you and me) by allowing His only Son to die upon the Cross of Calvary so that repentant sinners, like you and me, could be forgiven and set free from the chains of sin.
God’s actions in response to sin in the Garden demonstrate God’s seriousness about what we all to easily deny or minimize.
So, just how serious are you taking sin in your life?
Carlyle Hall, Jr.