Cycle of Sin
Romans 7:19-20 “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.”
Some Information about the book of Judges:
- “Judge” was the person the Lord used as their deliverer or savior
- The book covers nearly 400 years
- Starts with the death of Joshua and ends at the birth of Samuel
- Written by Samuel (Or someone else with same name of that time)
- The Book consistently deals with the issue of incomplete victory
Here is the cycle of sin that we will see happen clearly seven times within the book:
- Israel does evil in the eyes of the Lord.
- God punishes them through oppression and enslavement.
- Israel cries out to the Lord.
- God raises up a judge for them.
- Israel is delivered Peace in the land.
Numbers 33:55-56 “‘But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land, those you allow to remain will become barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will give you trouble in the land where you will live. 56 And then I will do to you what I plan to do to them.’”
What do you think the problem became?
- They didn’t finish the work
Judah was the first to go (Judges 1:1-2) and they:
- Conquered Jerusalem;
- Conquered the hill country;
- But were unable to drive the people from the plains (“They had iron chariots”).
Other tribes that failed:
- Benjamites failed to drive out the Jebusites (1:21)
- Tribes of Joseph failed to drive out 6 cities (1:27-29) (Put them to forced labor)
- Zebulum failed to drive out two cities (1:30) (forced labor)
- Asher failed to drive out seven cities (1:31-32) (lived in area together)
- Naphtali failed to drive out two cities (1:33) (forced labor)
- Dan failed to conquer the Amorites (1:34-36) (Amorites confined Dan to area and were determined to hold out. Became forced labor).
Each of these tribes started the job but never finished it.
Compare this to what Christianity is all about: Which is “who is in control of your life?”
Judges 1:1-2 “A time came after the death of Joshua when the People of Israel asked God, “Who will take the lead in going up against the Canaanites to fight them?” And God said, “Judah shall go up, I’ve given the land to him.”
What were Judah’s excuses for not going into the plains and finishing off the job?
- It’s Hard…
- It’s dangerous…
- It’s good enough…
But the Israelites always faced consequences in the areas of their lives where they did not trust and obey God.
Part of breaking free from the cycle of sin is to BE TIRED OF THE RESULTS THAT SIN BRINGS INTO YOUR LIFE
- Sin brings broken relationships
- Sin brings heartache
- Sin is never satisfied
So how does sin grow in our lives? When we:
- Think about it, focus on it and dwell on it in our thoughts
- Begin to compromise in small ways
- Don’t listen to and trust in the Lord!