Sin is God’s problem.
Don’t try to fix God’s problems!
You’re mortal – you’ll break.
Let God fix his own problems.
We don’t have a problem with sin. In fact, it comes really, really naturally. It makes us feel awkward around God, but “Oh well, never mind”.
God created us as his children to be in relationship with him. When we sin, we distance ourselves from God against our created purpose.
4000 years ago, Abraham was tested by God to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. When God saw that Abraham would not even spare his inheritance, he stopped Abraham. Note that Isaac, his son was complicit in this unthinkable test – he allowed himself to be bound on the alter like a lamb.
As Abraham ascended the mountains of Moriah near Jerusalem, Isaac asked “We have the wood and the fire, but where is the sacrifice”. Abraham responded “God himself will provide the sacrifice”
Genesis 22:14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day [when Moses wrote this 500 years later] it is said, ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.’
It was “The angel of the Lord” that told Abraham to stop as opposed to “God” who commanded the sacrifice. An angel is a heavenly spirit in human form. Jesus embodies the humanity of God. In John 8:54-58, Jesus claims to have encountered Abraham. This was one of those encounters. When Jesus ascended those same mountains, he carried the wood of his own sacrifice – just as Isaac did. The consequence of our sin is death – as commanded by God (the father), but Jesus, the angel of the Lord, stepped in to pay for our death with his own self-sacrifice.
In verse 5, He [Abraham] said to his servants, ‘Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.’ Abraham wasn’t lying to his servants. God had promised that through Isaac the world would be blessed. So somehow this horrific demand from God would not end in Isaac’s death. Abraham believed in the resurrection and probably thought that God would bring Isaac back to life after the sacrifice. Whatever Abraham was thinking, his faith proved his righteousness – to God.
This story highlights God’s pain in having to sacrifice his only son, so that our sin would no longer separate us from him. It foretells our Father God’s sacrifice that he made on those same mountains 2000 years later when Jesus became the lamb that was sacrificed for our sin.
So let God fix the sin in your life and stop trying to fix God’s problems.
And don’t ignore this problem as the consequences are eternal.