Today’s reading I Kings 14-16
I Kings 16:19 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin.
Sin is like a sickness. When you have it it affects others. The first thing I notice in the verse is sin is defined by what God says is sin and not what you think! It is evil in the sight of the Lord not the society, the culture, the church, your family, or yourself but what God thinks.
I notice that Zimri is sinning the way he saw Jeroboam sin. He watched and he learned. I need to realize that what I do is affecting others. They are learning from me. They are following my example.
I also see that it was his own sin. Though he learned it from someone else it was still his sin. He was not allowed to shift the blame to someone else. He was personally responsible.
Then notice that he not only sinned but he made others sin as well! Isn’t that the story. Sin affects others. Someone else’s sin had infected and influenced him and now his sin was affecting others.
Be careful who you follow and allow to affect your thinking and acting. Be careful also to remember that others are following you, listening and watching!