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The Undeserving Heart (9 of 13)
Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
OPEN: Max Lucado tells the story of a young boy who had just recieved a slingshot for his birthday. He'd spend hours shooting rocks at various target/but he never seemed to be able to hit his target. One day he was in his Grandmother's house and he watched as her pet duck waddled by. On impulse he took aim with his slingshot and let fly. And he hit it… and the duck died.
"The boy panicked and hid the bird in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister Sally watching.
After lunch that day, the Grandmother told Sally to help with the dishes. Sally responded, "Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn't you Johnny?" And then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck!" So, Johnny did the dishes. For the next several weeks he was often at the kitchen sink. Sometimes for his duty, sometimes for his sin. And whenever he was tempted to object, his sister reminded him "Remember the duck."
APPLY: (pause…) What else could he do? His grandmother had loved him. But now he'd done a terrible thing and if grandma ever found out… she'd never forgive him. He DIDN'T DESERVE her love. And so… he did the only thing he could think to do… (pause…) He hid his sin. He buried the duck in the wood pile hoping that no one would ever find out
I. That's been the way of people ever since Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve ate of the fruit God had forbidden and when God came for visit - what did they do? They hid. They tried to cover the nakedness of their sin by covering themselves with fig leaves and then (at the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden) they HID themselves among the trees of the garden. Their guilt and their shame caused them to attempt to hide their sins. They knew they didn't deserve God's love but they thought, if only they could hide their sin from Him they would never have to face the consequence of their inability to deserve what He wanted ...
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