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Monday, February 08, 2010

Sin is against God, primarily, no matter who else we have hurt

Genesis 39:6b Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God? [Not against Potiphar, his master.]

Psalm 51:4a Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight, [This was written by King David, who had committed adultery with Bathsheba, lied, and arranged to have Uriah, Bathsheba's husband, killed.]

This is not to say that we might not owe an apology, or restitution, to some human we have sinned against. We also might have to pay some civil penalty. But sin is primarily an offense against God.

All scripture quoted from the English Standard Version.

2 comments:

i am Grateful... Kerry i am. said...

Thanks for your post, Martin. It reminds me of Psalm 51 as you noted for sure.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Kerry. God willing, I'll get back to your posts (and other people's) soon.