September 16, 2020
Topic: HANDS AND FEET OF THE DEADLY SINS
Text: Isaiah 59:7-8 “Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. They pursue evil schemes; acts of violence mark their ways. The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks along them will know peace”
Last week, we saw the heart of the deadly sin “the heart that device wicked schemes” and we made it clear that this is the foundation of all other sins (Matthew 15:19-20 “For out of the heart come evil thoughts–murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them” Proverbs 4:23 “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”), for if you can guard your heart and your heart is pure/good you are then good (Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”)
Hands that shed innocent blood:
After God drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, murder is the first sin recorded that committed (“The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth” Genesis 4:10-12).
This sin is the height of hatred for another person (“Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams” Genesis 37:20)
Those whose hand shed innocent blood:
- Knowing the good but failing to do it: James 4:17 “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them”.
- Call good evil, and evil good: Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter”
- Withholding good from others: Proverbs 3:27-28 “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”– when you already have it with you”
- Plotting harm against another: Proverbs 3:29-30 “Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you. Do not accuse anyone for no reason– when they have done you no harm”
- Acting violently: Proverbs 3:31 “Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways”
- Abortion: Abortion is one of the most debated issues in Christianity, but for whatsoever reason, abortion is murder.
- Assisted dying/suicide: 2nd Samuel 1:10 & 14-15 “So I stood beside him and killed him, because I knew that after he had fallen he could not survive. And I took the crown that was on his head and the band on his arm and have brought them here to my lord…David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed? Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died”
- Killing another: Exodus 20:13 “Thou shalt not kill” Praying for another to die is unscriptural (“And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “You do not know what manner of spirit you are of” Luke 9:54-55). Even if the Lord should choose to kill our enemies as believers we are not to gloat over them (“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the LORD will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them” Proverbs 24:17-18), but rather mourn for them as would a brother (“Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and for the army of the LORD and for the nation of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword” 2nd Samuel 1:11-12)
Feet of the deadly sin-Feet that are swift in running to evil:
This category of sin comprises of people who are always involved in sin; people who sin seems to be their signature (“For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble” Proverbs 4:16)
Sin is not the nature of a Christian and thereby we cannot habitually sin (“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God” 1st John 3:9), but those who habitually and willfully sin are those who the scripture refer to has having feet that is quick to run into evil
Indicators of feet that are quick to rush into evil:
- They are involved in every evil possible: Proverbs 4:16 “For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble”
- They promote evil: Romans 1:32 “Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them”