“I need to be delivered from my brother.”
These are words I have never had to say, because I don’t have any brothers. Three sisters. Yep. That’s been my life. I grew up with three sisters and I now have two daughters.
Women, all around me.
Yet I don’t think that is the point of the first murder in the Bible: “21 Tips on How to Handle Conflict Between Brothers.”
When Cain kills Abel, we don’t sit around and talk about how to apply Godly conflict resolution when Bert doesn’t share with Ernie.
What we see in the pages immediately following Adam and Eve getting kicked out of the garden, what we see in the chapters fleshing out the curse on creation, what we see when we read the paragraphs flowing out of sin entering the world is this: sin destroys everything.
It destroys our relationship with God.
It destroys our relationship with Creation.
It destroys our relationship with ourselves.
And it destroys the most intimate relationships we have with others: with our coworkers; with our friends; with our family; and even with our brothers.
What we see in the first CSI episode in history is this: sin destroys.
When Cain kills Abel, we learn the basic truth that sin destroys.
When Jacob steals the blessing from Esau, we learn that sin destroys.
When I throw a race car at my sister’s face when we are 7 and 9, we learn that sin destroys.
We need to be delivered from this sin that destroys even the closest relationship between brothers and sisters.
We need to be delivered from this horrible thing called sin. And right now, everyone of you reading this has a name that has popped into your head of a relationship that has been destroyed because of sin.
Who is that?
Maybe make a comment and just put Amen, or Yes, or their name if you are really bold, or their initials, or their relationship to you. Maybe you just need to ask for prayer to be delivered from this broken relationship.
But the Gospel of Jesus is this: his death and resurrection paves the way for everyway that sin destroys our relationships, his grace restores them even more.
Today, I can say, “I need to be delivered from my sin,” and the good news is that I have a deliverer who can do that.