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Just A Dab Will Do Ya

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Is there such a thing as small and big sins? How can we know the difference?

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Two glasses of water on stage. Direct audience to observe them and even take a small drink of one.
Explain the results of putting Visene into someone’s drink.
Almost everyone has heard the rumors circulating that Visine, when put in someone's drink can cause them to have explosive diarrhea. Bartenders often claim that this is their secret for getting back at customers who have been obnoxious or have caused them problems of some sort. There have even been people who have been angry with someone and have tried to use Visine as an annoyance to get revenge. What these people may not realize is that putting Visine in a person drink could actually be deadly. There are many people sitting in jail right now, charged with crimes that involve tainting another person's food or drink with Visine and making them sick. No one knows for sure where the rumor that Visine would cause diarrhea came from but it is quite clear that it seems to be a common misconception.
Show them a bottle of visene.
Take glases behind the podium so they cannot see.
Make it obvious that you are pouring it into a glass and stiring it up.
What Do Eye Drops in a Drink Really Do?
The active ingredient in eye drops such as Visine is tetra-hydro-zoline HCI. Ingesting this substance can lead to a variety of harmful side effects such as dramatically lowering body temperature, causing severe breathing difficulty, respiratory failure, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, blood pressure fluctuation, tremors, seizures and even coma. Each bottle is labeled with a warning that urges people to seek immediate medical attention or call the poison control center immediately, if this medication is swallowed. With this being said, it is clear that it is absolutely no joke to ever try adding eye drops to anyone's food or beverage. Doing so could result in dire consequences such as severe medical complications or even death.
Ask audience if anyone would like to drink it?
What about if you were really thirsty?
Why not?… because you know it will cause you pain & death


Just A Dab Will Do Ya
Genesis 20.1-18


There is no small sin before a Holy God.
National Issues
God our father in heaven we ask that you might anoint our ears to hear this text this morning. Please allow the message to be clear and applicable to us on a personal level. Please prepare our hearts for your Word as we seek to be under your leadership.


Transition / Introduction
Genesis 20:1–2 ESV
From there Abraham journeyed toward the territory of the Negeb and lived between Kadesh and Shur; and he sojourned in Gerar. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
The Information
sexual sin
Hagar fled here
The Indiscretion
He took Her
“she is my sister” [ch 12]
Abimelech = [my father is king]
What is Sin?
Do I know what sin is when I see it?
Adam & Eve
Going against God’s will
Sin of Comission
Sin of Omission
common sins of both omission and comission.
First Scene = Night
Genesis 20:3–7 ESV
But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” Now Abimelech had not approached her. So he said, “Lord, will you kill an innocent people? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. Now then, return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, so that he will pray for you, and you shall live. But if you do not return her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.”
The Dream = v3-7 [3]
Darkness / Light - Night / Day
But… God intercedes!
Job 33:15–16 ESV
In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings,
Method of communication
Message = doom
The Defense = v4-5
Call For Justice
Genesis 18:23 ESV
Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?
Innocent people
Integrity of heart
he said / she said
The Death = v6-7
Lack of Knowledge =/= Lack of Guilt
Can you sell your car on Sunday?
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to engage in the business of buying, selling, trading or exchanging new, used or second-hand motor vehicles or offering to buy, sell, trade or exchange, or participate in the negotiation thereof, or attempt to buy, sell, trade or exchange any motor vehicle or interest therein, or of any written instrument pertaining thereto, on the first day of the week, commonly called Sunday. [May 12, 1953]
Leaders Are Held Responsible
Matthew Henry
God protected him!
sin that is...
sin that could be…
Call to repentance
prophet - 1st
prayer - 1st
Size of Sin
What do you consider as a “small sin”?
James 2:10 ESV
For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
Adam & Eve
1 bite of fruit
In God’s eyes this is as foolsih as saying in your defense “I only raped one person” or “I only killed him, everyone else I leave alone”.
Second Scene = Morning
Genesis 20:8–13 ESV
So Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told them all these things. And the men were very much afraid. Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and my kingdom a great sin? You have done to me things that ought not to be done.” And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see, that you did this thing?” Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, ‘There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’ Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father though not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. And when God caused me to wander from my father’s house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, “He is my brother.” ’ ”
The Recount = v8
Remember Sodom
Terrified / Petrified
Fear = “the fear of the lord” - positive
Those who have been awakened to the danger of sin in light of the holiness of God ought to themselves be compelled to herald this to others.
The Reproof = v9-10
Pagan King Knew Better
Romans 2:27 ESV
Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law.
Garden of Eden...
“help me understand why”
brother or sister sins against you...
The Reason = v11-13
No Fear / No Trust
No fear = “very much afraid”
Kill me = No trust in God
Beware lest our wrong judgements of others give us temptation to act unbecoming of Christ in certain situations.
Half Truth = Half Lie
Half sister [11.29]
Deception is still deception.
Use a illustration of a half truth that is still sinfully lying.
YHWH calls = he calls ELOHIM
Severity of Sin
How seriously do you consider the effects of sin?
Adam & Eve
All generations
sacrifice - get to this in a minute -
Genesis 20:14–18 ESV
Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male servants and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned Sarah his wife to him. And Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you.” To Sarah he said, “Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver. It is a sign of your innocence in the eyes of all who are with you, and before everyone you are vindicated.” Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. For the LORD had closed all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.
The Contrition = v14-16
How do we know that Abimelech really wanted to repent?
Repentance & Restitution
Goods [12]
Land [13]
The Covenantal Cleansing = v17-18
Abrahams Prayer
James 5:16 ESV
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Barreness relieved
no doubt about Isaac
Sacrifice for Sin
Do you comprehend the sacrifice given for sin?
Adam & Eve
Animal death
levitical system
generational loss
generational loss
eternal loss


Let us see clearly the full gravity of every sin seeking to full repentance and rejoicing in our full atonement through Christ.
Forsake sin at all levels.
Rejoice in your full parden through Christ.


Father give us your eyes to see the full weight of every one of our sins . You have said that there is no such thing as a small sin that wherever we stumble at one point we are guilty of breaking all. This might seem harsh until we understand the weight of the sacrifice that was given to cover us. Help us therefore to repent and turn, to seek to kill the flesh so that your Spirit might guide and shape us. We praise you for your glorious plan of salvation, that while we were enemies with you, you died for us. Oh God we love you and praise you for the precious gift and sacrifice of your son!
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