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An excuse is a veneer to cover up a responsibility or as Franklin stated he that is good for making excuse is seldom good for anything else. Yet, Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, hammer the idea home (Rom. 1:20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
Mr. and Mrs. Adam gave the first excuses in the Bible.
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest[to be] with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
This fallen nature has produced in us the tendency not to answer a straight question and to make an excuse for our behaviour.
The questions to Adam wereWho told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
A straight answer would have been I ate. But sin produces evasive action and lack of responsibility for ones own sin.
There are of course, other excuses in the Bible.
Saul blamed the people for his sins (1 Sam. 13).
Aaron blames the people and self-generated idol moulding (Ex 32:24).
Jeremiah and Moses blamed their own tongue (Jer.1: 6 Ex. 4:10)
There is not one of us would has not tried to justify or rationalize sin or unwillingness for service in our life.
The commandment was plain and straightforward.
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
The commandments on the tablet given to Moses were plain and straightforward.
Seven "shalt not" are given and there is not a human being alive on this battered sphere who has not justified breaking the "shalt not" with an excuse of why not.
Take for instances the plain commandment of (Exodus 20:15) Thou shalt not steal. What do we often hear?
Lying receives the same treatment. (Exodus 20:16) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Adultery is often justified with an excuse. (Exodus 20:14) Thou shalt not commit adultery.
We could take the time to list others, but the bottom line is summed up my Paul when it comes to excuses.
(Romans 2:15 KJV) Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and [their] thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
The terrible thing about the Bible is it leaves no gray areas and is the Book of Absolutes. The Book of absolutes leaves no quarters for excuse.
While I am writing this, the excuses I have used come to mind.
You can not study the Bible without it studying you.
Our precious Saviour stated what an excuse often is. (John 15:22) If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
Examine your own deceitful heart and people you have known and ask why do we use an excuse when dealing with omniscience God?
Could it not be spiritual insanity?
Do we think we can fool God---we must in spite of the following verses of Holy Writ?
(John 2:25 KJV) And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knewwhat was in man.
2Ch 6:30 Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thouonly knowest the hearts of the children of men:)
Job 26:6 Hell [is] naked before him, and destruction hathno covering.
Pro 5:21 For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, andhe pondereth all his goings.
I have often heard the statement it is one thing to lie to me, but it is another to talk to me as if I were stupid.
It is an insult to God to think we can hide, Ahab, Saul, and Josiah learned this the hard way(1Sa_28:8; 1Ki_22:30; 2Ch_18:29; 2Ch_35:22).
What can we do and what does God want?
Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: [if I say], I [am] perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.
3.Reconcize your fragility and dependence.
Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed [is] willing, but the flesh [is] weak.John 15:5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If you are not 100% sure that you are going to Heaven when you die, enter in at the the door:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.