Did He Get
Away with It?
Bible Study Lessons from
study lesson for
today is about how the sin of Reuben came back to
haunt him after many years had passed.
This is always the hardest
part of being
a Christian - dealing
with our shortcomings.
We most likely will never
commit acts as extreme as Reuben but God sees sin
He didn't get away with it -
and neither do we.
Sleeps with Bilhah
It came about while
Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben
went and lay with Bilhah his fathers
concubine, and Israel heard of it. -
Things We Do
As we see in these verses,
Reuben did not see the consequence of his sin and,
as far as he was concerned, the deed was done and
forgotten. It is only mentioned casually
But, when Jacob
called all his sons to him on his death bed, the
sin once again raised its ugly head.
A bit of
As the first born son, Reuben
stood to inherit a double portion of the
inheritance and he was to be a leader among his
The sin of sleeping with
Jacob's concubine, Bilhah came back to haunt Reuben
when Jacob later gave his double portion to someone
else because of that one mistake.
The same is true of our sins.
When we do something that displeases God, there is
a good chance it also affects other
It might not be clear today,
or even next year, but at some point down the road
it will surface.
I pray that we can learn a
lesson from Reuben's behavior to use in our lives.
Now, this doesn't mean that
we will never sin (we always will) but maybe we can
take a moment of pause to think about the
consequences of our actions before we decide to do
things that might harm others.
we have the Holy Spirit to guide us through
He will let us know every
time we cross the line. But, we have to
The difference between Reuben
and ourselves is that we have Christ
to forgive us when we
Does that mean we should just
sin without end? No, it doesn't.
Remember, when we decide to
willfully sin, we choose to hurt other people; and
I'll leave you today with
verse 13 of The Lord's Prayer;
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
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