Abraham and Lincoln
Abraham and Lincoln are old friends who like to make it their habit to meet up with each other, at least once per week, to encourage one another and to discuss their bible queries. They believe that friends should always remain friends, and should build on that relationship. Part of that promotion is that they should be directed towards communing with each other.
Because God has given mankind the choice of liberty through Christ Jesus (John 3:16, Gal. 5:1), they have accepted this freedom, and have applied a few principles of this freedom by exercising their continuous love and friendship for each other (John 13:34-35).
Now, in one of their meetings, Abraham and Lincoln began to discuss the age-old question, “What is the origin of sin?” Let us see what they have found concerning this aged old question.
Episode 1 – The Origin of Sin?
It was about three o’clock in the afternoon and the sun was on its way to setting. Abraham and Lincoln were both sitting on a bench in a park with a foot of space between them. They were both talking as the cool evening breeze swept over them.
“This morning after I had finished my devotion and was getting ready to have my breakfast an intriguing query came to my mind, ‘how did sin come to be?’ I started to consider the matter, and came across Genesis chapter three, but I did not find the answer to the question that moved my mind in this direction.” Lincoln said to Abraham.
Abraham looked at him and said, “This certainly is an intriguing question that seems to have baffled many scholars over the years, but God’s word always proves to be truthful. We need not search very far to receive the answer to this aged old question.”
“Well my good friend, enlighten me with the Word of God, for to this we were called, to love and to encourage one another (1 Thess. 5:11, Heb. 3:13),” answered Lincoln.
With his eyes still fixed on him, Abraham said, “We can find this answer in 2 Peter 2:4. Jude also spoke on this in Jude 1:6. Of good reference on this subject are also the passages found both in Genesis 3:1-4 and Job 38:4-7.”
“Ah, yes!” replied Lincoln. “Now my mind is directed to these passages. I wonder why they didn’t come to mind this morning?” He looked over at the unending ripples moving across the lake as they headed toward shore and then began to recite 2 Peter 2:4, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment” (NIV). He then looked back at Abraham and did the same for Jude 1:6, “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day” (NIV).
With a Cheshire grin, Abraham began to explain why he found the origin of sin in the two passages. “In 2 Peter 2:4 we learned that the angels sinned. In Jude 1:6 we learned how they sinned, ‘they did not keep their positions of authority’ (NIV). Now, the angels broke God’s command by not keeping their assigned posts.”
“But what does this mean?” inquired Lincoln.
“Look at it this way! When a soldier leaves his command post in battle for personal reasons such as fear or lack of faith in the cause, he is charged for deserting his command post. Now under the military criminal code, the maximum sentence for desertion is death. Likewise, the angels deserted their command posts that were given to them by God, ‘their positions of authority.’ They broke God’s command by this action and, so they sinned against God.”
With a grand smile that could light up the sky, Lincoln responded, “But how can we explain the account of 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6 as being the first instant of sin, and the origin of sin?”
“Ah, yes!” replied Abraham, “Both 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 1:6 confirm that the angels sinned, the way they sinned (desertion, Jude 1:6a), and their sentence (Jude 1b, 2 Pet. 2:4). Job 38:4-7 confirmed that they were definitely made before mankind; Genesis 3:1-4 revealed the message of sin spewing from the serpent’s mouth and unto the innocent or sinless ears of the woman.”
“Well done, Abraham! Now that explains the aged old question of ‘the origin of sin.’
“Yes! Indeed, it does,” replied Abraham.
Gal. = Galatians Pet. = Peter Thess. = Thessalonians Heb. = Hebrews