by Clarence E. Macartney

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The Greatest Words in the Bible and in Human Speech
The Saddest Word (1 of 15)
Clarence E. Macartney
Genesis 4:7

What is the saddest word in the Bible and in human
speech? Some thought that it was Death; others, Hell;
others, Depart; and many voted for Lost. But what is
the saddest word? What is the word that is the
fountain of woe, the mother of sorrows, as universal
as human nature, as eternal as human history? What is
the word that is the cause of all war and violence and
hatred and sorrow and pain? What is the word that is
man's worst enemy? What is the word that nailed the
Son of God to the Cross? That word is sin. "Sin
croucheth at the door"-Genesis 4:7.

And there, ever since, with its sorrow and its woe,
sin has been crouching at humanity's door, and will
continue to crouch, until the world has been redeemed.

This is not the first appearance of sin, but the first
mention of sin, and the first appearance of the final
fruit of sin. "When lust hath conceived it bringeth
forth sin, and sin when it is finished bringeth forth
death." Here, then, you have death, the first murder,
the first death of man, as the finished work of sin.
This is the beginning of the long, sad chapter of sin,
a chapter which comes to a close only with the last
chapter of the Bible, when there shall be no more
curse and no more sin. All the sorrow, all the woe,
all the bitterness and violence and heartache and
shame and tragedy between man's creation and fall and
his final redemption and restoration to the image of
God is summed up in that one word sin.

Lost is, indeed, a sad word; so sad that only Christ
who came to seek and to save the lost would seem to
have the right to pronounce it. But through what are
men lost? Lost to themselves, and lost to God. They
are lost through sin, and when we deal not with
effects but with causes there is no doubt that sin is
the saddest word.

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