Sin is oftentimes perceived as this big horrendous giant as depicted in the first illustration, a sumo wrestler. As a Bible enthusiast, you yourself know both your strengths and weaknesses, the areas in your spiritual life where you excel as well as the ones where you fall short; in fact, you might even know them so well that you may not enjoy talking about your weaknesses out of the possible threat that someone might utilize those weaknesses in your life for their own advantage by manipulating you into do things that you may not necessarily want to do or simply making you feel uncomfortable. I personally know what it is to confide in a friend and informing him where I need some self-improvement only to lose that friend after he spilled distorted my concerns and exaggerated the information I’ve provided.
The fact of the matter remains that every now and then, we all have to confront the enemy and conquer both those personal fears that we have within ourselves as well as overcome the enemy. Unlike our own personal views to the size and the magnitude that sin may be in comparison to our own personal lives, the Bible compares sin’s actual size. It just so happens that many of us think that we’re facing a very big horrendous monster at the moment that our faults are publically made known. Unlike what many of us may have been led to believe or reason, the Bible depicts a very different image, an illustration that many know about but really do not understand. At least, they haven’t grasped the concept of sin in relationship to their selves so that they may master it.
This study will now define abstractly just how big sin really is.
If sin was measurable and quantifiable, how big would sin actually be? Both the Bible abstractly identifies sin for us
and Israeli scientists figured out all the other relevant information for us to consider.
Scriptures liken sin to the size of a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough (reference 1 Corinthians 5:6). Provided that six hundred different types of yeast exist in the world, which of the six hundred different kinds of yeast should we identify sin with? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, we’re informed that yeast is a single-celled fungi most commonly found worldwide in soils and plant surfaces where sugary mediums (e.g., flower nectar and fruits) are especially abundant. Of all the varying yeast speciation that exists, ascomycete yeasts (i.e., Saccharomyces cerevisiae) are the most common type used in the production of bread, beer and wine. (Encyclopedia Britannica 2013)
Given the Biblical illustration as well as a reliable reference that defines for us the specific kind of yeast, we now review what Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science has to say about Saccharomyce cerevisiae, the most common yeast in so many kitchens around the world. According to scientific researchers, they report the following:
“Yeast cell size is subject to much variability. As yeast replicate by budding off small daughter cells from a larger mother, any population has a large range of cell sizes spread around the median. For instance, the S288C strain has a median cell volume of 42±2μm˄3 (42 fl, BNID 100450) for a haploid cell and a 25th-75th percentile range of ~30-60 fL. But median cell size is also highly malleable, being subject to genetic and environmental controls. A diploid cell is almost twice as big ~82μm˄3 (BNID 100490) as its haploid progenitors because DNA content is directly correlated with median cell size. Furthermore, the median cell size can differ by as much as 150% in different strains of S.cerevisiae” (Weizmann Institute of Science 2010).
Now that we know that a unicellular yeast cell is approximately 3-4μm small, let’s now compare the average size of a unicellular yeast to the average size of a mustard seed.
According to the Jewish Virtual Library, the Brassica nigra is the most common mustard species that is grown in the land of Israel. “Given favorable conditions, the plant reaches a height of more than six feet,” (Loew 1928). It also adds, “The seed of this species is very small (1–1.6 mm) and was used to indicate the smallest measure of size” (Loew 1928). Provided that a unicellular yeast averages at approximately 3-4μm and the average Brassica nigra mustard seed averages at approximately 1–1.6 mm, any given person can observe with their own eyes that a mustard is bigger than yeast. Unfortunately, many seem to make sin bigger! At least, at the moment we recognize our wrongdoing, it seems big. Why is that?
The Bible is clear to define human life as such a struggle (reference Job 7:1-3). In fact, consider what the Heavenly Father declared to Adam: “All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it” (Genesis 3:17b). Instead of entertaining the idea that mankind’s struggle would end once the individual’s socioeconomic status has peeked and met up to the incorrect standards portrayed in the mass media, the Bible leads us to understand that we are all sharing in this very same struggle that we endure on a day to day basis (reference Philippians 1:27-30). In fact, the mass media does a very good job in misrepresenting the modest lifestyle that most people around the globe reside in because part of the main focus that the mass media does is sell its audience a fantastically invented entertaining story that can captivate their audience’s attention from escaping the realities of this life for just a brief moment.
Unlike the many misrepresentations that we see on television or in movie theatres, most of us observe the very things that Yeshua himself said would happen: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). So instead of trying to obtain a false sense of peace that the world offers, modern day disciples of Messiah Yeshua are proud to express where they receive their true sense of peace which comes from faithful obedience to Elohim’s commandments as we live day by day imitating Yeshua’s lifestyle and confront the many struggles that this current life presents (reference John 14:27). In this manner, we ensure that our very “[…] hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning us away from the living Elohim” (Hebrews 3:12).
Sadly though, many have fallen victim to the fantastic tales observed in television and have allowed for worldly standards to infiltrate their assemblies. According to Scriptures, it says “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12, KJV). Because of the fact that we struggle on a day to day basis, many misidentified sin as a spiritual entity wherewith they wrestle with. As a result of associating sin with being something wherewith they struggle with, sin is quite often viewed as a spiritual entity and not the actual depiction that the Bible portrays. As many imitate such worldly standards, they forget what the Scriptures say: “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people”(Proverbs 14:7).
This study will now conclude with some final thoughts.
Earlier in the study, if the question would have been asked which of these two sumo wrestlers would you identify with as being sin and you wrestling with sin, nine times out of ten you would have picked the small child. However, now that we know that the Bible gives us two very abstract ideas as to how to define both sin and faith, it becomes apparent that the bigger wrestler does not represent sin. On the contrary, the bigger wrestler represents you and your faith in Messiah while the smaller wrestler represents sin. Presently, the idea that both faith and sin are biblically quantifiable; also, we understand that our faith in Messiah is really bigger in comparison to sin! Thus, we truly can master over sin by inclining our ears to the Heavenly Father’s instructions and applying them in our lives.
Anyone who excuses disobedience to the Heavenly Father's righteous standards as detailed in the Scriptures is simply allowing just a little yeast to enter in and ruin the entire batch. Sin does not just ruin the individual's life; it also affects the lives of those that surrounds that person. The only true way to have mastery over sin in any given person's life is by first recognizing it, seeking the necessary help and assistance in dealing with it, and allowing the Heavenly Father's righteous standards rule in our lives.
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