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June 23, 2016

Skirting The Edge

Genesis 12:11, 13 And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon
Say, I pray thee, thou are my sister that it may be well with me for thy sake, and my soul shall live because of thee..

Notice that as Abram came NEAR to Egypt a lie was conceived in his heart. Egypt is often used as an allegory for sin in the scriptures. A primitive root for Egypt is tsuwr {tsoor} (Strong’s 06696) which means to confine, hostile, adversary, assault, beset, besiege, bind (up) cast, distress, lay siege etc. In other words, the very thing that sin causes to happen to us.

Oftentimes, as Christians we want to see how close to sin we can stay without actually sinning. We find it hard to walk in obedience as we allow ourselves to become lured by the pleasures of sin – which only last for a season.

In Exodus, the Israelites continually tested God with their constant murmuring and complaining. They certainly enjoyed seeing the hand oF God at work for them, but the minute a little difficulty came along, “I wish I was back in Egypt” or as in one particular case (Exodus 16:3) “..If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around the pots of meat (one version says fleshpots) and ate all the food we wanted……” Apparently they did not remember that they were crying out to be delivered as they were feeling the sting of the lash and the utter oppression at the hand of the Egyptians. They cried out to the Lord so much that he not only heard their cry “by reason of their taskmasters”, but He said He had “seen” the affliction of His people. What convenient and selective memory!

How many times have we cried out to the Lord to deliver us and we are grateful until the next hard time comes along. Then we conveniently forget God’s faithfulness to us and begin to say things like “it was easier when I was not saved.” We skirt the edge of sin to the point where we can no longer see the boundaries. Instead of seeing how far we can move away from sin, we try to see how close we can get to sin without actually sinning.

When Abram got NEAR to Egypt the lie was conceived in him, and he was able to rationalize it. After all she would help to preserve his life by participating in the lie. The closer we allow ourselves to get to sin, the easier it becomes to sin.  More to come.

Sylvia M Dallas

Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ.  Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.

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