1. Application

Sin leaves its mark

Judges 2:1–5 (ESV)

1 Now the angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, “I brought you up from Egypt and brought you into the land that I swore to give to your fathers. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you,

Israel’s sin would now become their punishment. What comes from this is the following application:

  • There is very frequently a residual and abiding effect of sin, in spite of the fact that we may have repented of it and have been cleansed of it as to its guilt and penalty as regards salvation. Israel had a thorn in the flesh to remind her of her disobedience. Sin leaves its marks and only death and resurrection will eradicate the. Our corruptible, our dying flesh reminds us of our sins, and our particular weaknesses, even when triumphed over in Christ, remain somehow attached to us and recall to us our utter dependence day-by-day upon the Lord for salvation from our sins. That is why the true Christian always is longing for heaven, for there is the work of redemption to be completed in us, and only there, with Christ, our Saviour.1