The apple with a bite off it, has become a symbol of desire. While the hugely successful company Apple seems to have imbued the image with almost mesmerizing power over the consumer masses, I think the image finds its origins in the fateful bite of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3). Interesting how the original sin that got us all into this mess, is now associated with objects to be highly coveted. Ah! The power of consumer marketing!
Isaiah takes time to remind us about the horror of sin. And the most horrifying truth about sin is that God abhors it.
Sin puts distance between us and God (Isa 59:2). Adam and Eve got evicted not only from the Garden of Eden but worst of all, from the presence of God (Gen3:23,24). By Isaiah’s time, God had become someone distant and pretty much incommunicado. These days, God is so ‘far away’ from humanity that he has been pronounced ‘dead’, irrelevant, even a delusion! Isaiah reminds us that it is not God who has put distance between us. It is our sin.
Sin does not build society. It breaks it instead. Six times (Isa 59:4, 8, 9, 11, 14, 16) Isaiah tells us that justice eludes a society in sin. This passage may be many centuries old but Isaiah might as well as be speaking today! “Same old, same old!” The justice the Bible speaks of, is doing what is right for all people – regardless of religion, race, rank or riches. Especially for the poor and the oppressed (Psa 82:3,4), in the urban as well as our tropical jungle.
Sin rejects truth (Isa 59:13-15). ” Truth staggers down the street. Honesty is nowhere to be found” (Isa 59:14b) Like a drunkard stumbling around, society lurches and staggers to find a sure footing when we abandon truth in favour of something more … ‘convenient’. Sin makes truth very inconvenient. But without truth, we are adrift in the sea of half-truth and outright lies, and we wander further from the God of truth.
Is it surprising then that God has a strong view against sin? What should surprise and amaze us more is that God takes it upon himself to save us from it all (Isa 59:20,21). His rescue plan was to send Jesus Christ – who alone could mend the broken relationship.
Think over it: Do you really see the ugliness in sin? How might you describe its impact on your life and your corner of society?
Thank you, Father for rescuing me and giving me forgiveness from my sin. Please help me to grow away from sin and toward you each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.