A technique of double exposing film to images is done by opening the shutter more than once. This causes the second image to be superimposed over the first image. Many times this type of technique is used to create photographic hoaxes. William Mumler, a Boston photographer, discovered this technique in 1861 and used it for “Spirit Photographs” like this one for Mary Todd, wife of Abraham Lincoln. Some photographers and film makers learned to do multiple exposures to add special effects to their work. Before digital cameras double exposure to a person’s film happened much more frequently. They would forget to wind or advance their film to the next spot before they opened up their shutter to take a new picture. Many good, once in a lifetime shots, were lost due to double exposure accidents.
Sometimes in life we get caught in a double exposure to sin. One sin laid over the other sin in our lives that can ruin the picture of our lives. You would hope we would advance past that sin and not do it again. Jacob had the problem of multiple exposures to the sin of deception when it came to dealing with his brother, Esau. First in Genesis 25:29-34 we read about Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. Now Jacob could have been a nice brother and just given him the stew, instead he used Esau’s feeling that he was about to die to deceive him out of his birthright. Then in Genesis Chapter 27 we read about Jacob putting on Esau’s clothing and fake hair and going in and stealing Esau’s blessing from their father. As a result of this repeated sin of deception, Jacob was forced to flee and leave his family. His family was basically torn apart. When it came time to return to his family, he felt the need to deceive Esau one more time as they met along the way in Genesis Chapter 33. He told Esau he would catch up with him and meet him in his home territory and instead he went a different direction and settled down.
Sometimes the sin you commit will come right back on you. It did several times in Jacob’s life. It is almost as if God was saying “You will reap what you sow.” Jacob sowed deception and deception returned back to him. When he was dealing with his Father-in-law, Laban, he was deceived about his wife and deceived about his wages. When he later had 12 boys, 10 of the boys planned deception about Joseph their brother and broke Jacob’s heart. God used these multiple exposures to sin for good in the end, but how much better would Jacob’s life had been if he had not committed these deceptions. Perhaps, the family line of Esau would not still torment Israel to this day or perhaps, the family line of Laban would not still torment Israel to this day. The picture of Jacob’s life was somewhat ruined by the double and multiple exposures of sin in it. It lost clarity and beauty. It became clouded with other images overlaying it that were of problems, competitions, fear, accusations, loss, etc.
It is just common sense that when we have realized we have exposed ourselves to sin, we need to do our best not to have a double or multiple exposures to the same sin. Don’t let the sin become a habit that ruins our life.