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Schedule Of Services:

Sunday Morning:
Bible Study   9:00
Worship      10:00

Sunday Evening:
Worship       5:00

Wednesday Evening:
Bible Study   7:00

 

 

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1110 Jackson Drive Athens, Alabama 35611

 

Preacher:

Scott Richardson

 

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Owen Griggs

Tim Hamilton

Jackson Drive

Admonisher

                                                                                                        March 27, 2016


Sin Has Its Rewards



The thing that makes sin so compelling, is that it has its rewards. Sin can, and often does, yield an immediate gratification. There is desire that leads to sin being born: “Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin” (James 1:15a). More often than not, as the sin is born, the desired result is attained. One gets what he asks for; sin has its rewards. Scripture is filled with examples. Did not these receive their hearts’ desire?



Judas



This man desired money to the extent that he was willing to obtain it through unethical means. He even stole from Jesus and his fellow disciples. “He was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it” (John 12:6). He thought of another way of obtaining money—by taking a bribe to betray Jesus into the hands of those who sought His life. For thirty pieces of silver he bargained to deliver Jesus at a secluded place where his enemies could take him without interference from the people (Luke 22:2). Judas kept his end of the agreement by leading the mob to take Jesus in such a place, in the garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus had gone with some of his disciples to pray. “Now he who was betraying Him gave them a sign, saying, ‘Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him.’ Immediately Judas went to Jesus and said, ‘Hail, Rabbi!’ and kissed Him” (Matthew 26:48-49). Judas now had that which he wanted most—money, his thirty pieces of silver. He obtained his reward for sin—the desire came to fruition. Sin has its rewards.



Adam and Eve



Adam and Eve desired more than God had so benevolently given them. He had placed them in a paradise on earth in which He had given to them everything necessary for both their physical and spiritual well-being. They saw some good-looking, albeit forbidden, fruit that they also thought would taste good. In reality, they also desired the results of that fruit apart from the looks and taste. They also wanted to have open eyes and “be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). They picked the good-looking fruit, they tasted the tasty fruit, and they got the reward they desired by eating the fruit—their eyes were opened to know good and evil. They obtained the reward for their sin— desire came to fruition. Sin has its rewards.



Gehazi



Gehazi is probably not the most famous of Bible characters, but he is certainly an example of sin and reward. When Naaman, the Syrian leader, came seeking cure for the dreadful disease of leprosy, he brought with him great, precious gifts to give to the one who would be able to bring about a cure for him. Naaman was healed of this terrible disease when he dipped seven times in the Jordan river, as he was told to do by Elisha, the prophet of God. However, when Naaman tries to give the gifts to Elisha, Elisha refused them all. Gehazi, the servant of Elisha, had a different desire—he could not stand to see the gold, and silver, and raiment going back to Syria. Gehazi ran after Naaman and lied to him to obtain some of the silver and garments. Naaman gladly gave him the gifts (2Kings 5). By sinning Gehazi had that what he desired. Sin has its rewards.



Ahab and Jezebel



Ahab, the king of Israel, wanted the vineyard of Naboth, but Naboth did not want to give up that which had been in the family for generations—it had come down as an inheritance from his fathers. However, through the maneuvering of his wicked wife, Queen Jezebel, he obtained Naboth's vineyard. She made this was made possible by having Naboth falsely accused and then put to death. “When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, Ahab arose to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it” (1Kings 21:16). By their sins, Ahab obtained the thing that he wanted. Sin has its rewards.



Zimri



Zimri is another not-so-famous man. This man wanted to be king of Israel, and in order to be, he assassinated the man that was king—his master, Elah (1Kings 16:8-14). By murder he obtained that which he desired. “Then Zimri went in and struck him and put him to death in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and became king in his place. It came about when he became king, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he killed all the household of Baasha; he did not leave a single male, neither of his relatives nor of his friends” (1Kings 16:10-11). Sin has its rewards.

Sin definitely has its rewards, but we must understand—never to forget—that there is the first reward of sin, the one so strongly desired, and then there is also the second reward, the one no one wants to think about, the one desired by no one, and yet the one that is inevitable.



Judas



After he had done his evil deed of betraying Christ for thirty pieces of silver, something did not go as he had anticipated. He failed to take into consideration conscience and a raging, bitter remorse which led him to throw away the money and go out and hang himself (Matthew 27:3-5). Reckon his gains and his losses: he gained thirty pieces of silver, and then he threw these away; he lost his apostleship and he lost his throne (Matthew 19:28-29); he lost his peace of mind and the power of enjoying life because he could not fling away the guilt of blood; he lost the esteem of men—his name is a synonym for shame, disgrace, betrayal, greed; he lost his soul and the joys of eternity that otherwise could have been his (Matthew 26:24; Acts 1:25). Yes, Judas obtained the first reward for his sin, the one he wanted, but he also obtained the inevitable second reward, the horrible one not anticipated. Sin has its rewards.



Adam and Eve



Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. When their eyes were opened, they saw their OWN evil. As a result of their sin, they lost their earthly paradise, their happiness, their lives, and perhaps their souls, unless in some way that the Bible does not expound, they changed their lives to bring about God's forgiveness. Sin has its rewards.



Gehazi



Gehazi by lying obtained his silver and clothing. He did not consider the second reward for his sin, as stated by Elisha: “Therefore, the leprosy of Naaman shall cling to you and to your descendants forever.” So he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow” (2Kings 5:27). Sin has its rewards.



Ahab and Jezebel



By murder Ahab obtained the vineyard of Naboth, but God let him know that because of this sin and their many others, the dogs would lick up his own blood, and that the dogs would eat Jezebel his wicked queen (1Kings 21:21-24). “So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried the king in Samaria. They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria, and the dogs licked up his blood (now the harlots bathed themselves there), according to the word of the LORD which He spoke” (1Kings 22:37-38). “They went to bury her, but they found nothing more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands. Therefore they returned and told him. And he said, ‘This is the word of the LORD, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘In the property of Jezreel the dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel; and the corpse of Jezebel will be as dung on the face of the field in the property of Jezreel, so they cannot say, ‘This is Jezebel.”’(2Kings 9:30-37). Sin has its rewards.



Zimri



Zimri gained the throne by assassinating the king. He had his reward—for all of seven days. Then he saw that he was opposed by Omri, the commander of the army, and a force greater than he could oppose as they besieged Tirzah, the royal city (1Kings 15:15-17). He burned the palace over himself, and he died. “When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the king’s house and burned the king’s house over him with fire, and died, because of his sins which he sinned, doing evil in the sight of the LORD, walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, making Israel sin” (1Kings 16:18-19). Sin has its rewards.

Remember, sin has not one but two rewards—the one so strongly desired and often obtained, and the second—not wanted, not often regarded, but as inescapable as the coming judgment.



—S. Scott Richardson Sr.


 


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