by Stephen Whitney

Conviction of Sin
Stephen Whitney
Psalm 19:7-17

Thomas Costain's history, The Three Edwards, describes the life of Raynald III, a fourteenth-century duke in what is now Belgium.
Grossly overweight, Raynald was commonly called by his Latin
Nickname, Crassus, which means "fat."

After a violent quarrel, Raynald's younger brother Edward led a successful revolt against him. Edward captured Raynald but did not kill him. Instead, he built a room around Raynald in the Nieuwkerk castle and promised him he could regain his title and property as soon as he was able to leave the room.

This would no have been difficult for most people since the room has several windows and a door of near-normal size and the door was not locked. The problem was Raynald's size. To gain his freedom, he needed to lose weight. But Edward knew his older brother and each day sent a variety of delicious food. Instead of dieting his way out of prison, Raynald grew fatter.

When the duke was accused of cruelty, he had an answer:
"My brother is not a prisoner. He may leave when he so wills."

Raynald stayed in that room for ten years and wasn't released until after Edward died in battle. By then his health was so ruined he died within a year . . . a prisoner of his own appetite.

Sin can control our life because we give in to our own desires.
We want what we want so we break the law of God to have it.

Genesis 3:6 When Eve saw that the tree (of knowledge) was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate and she also gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate.

Sin is a decision to fulfill my desires even if it breaks God's law.
Matthew Henry wrote, "A man cannot stop himself when he will."

Function :7-9
Law - Heb. torah which comes from the word meaning to take aim
The word is used in archery to take aim and to shoot at a tar ...

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