Tag: sin finds you out
Scripture reading for May 17th: Esther 5-7
“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” (Proverbs 26:27) One of the spiritual laws of God is that a person will “reap what they sow”. (Galatians 6:7) God has so designed the world that our actions have consequences. Consequences sometimes appear to the uneducated as “bad luck” or “unfortunate coincidences”. In today’s reading, Haman plots to hang Mordecai the Jew in a very public execution, but has some “bad luck!”
The Jews had fasted three days for Queen Esther’s favor as she approached the King. On the third day, she went and stood at his door. He invited her to come and she received favor from him. (Esther 5:1-4) She invited the King and Haman to a banquet that she had prepared. The first day she did not make a request but invited them back the next day. As they left the first banquet, Mordecai refused to bow to Haman or show him any deference. This infuriated Haman who went home sulking. His wife and advisers suggested building a gallows and asking the King to allow him to hang Mordecai on it. The idea pleased Haman and the plan was put into action.
That night, the King could not sleep. He had royal records brought and read to him. The record of Mordecai exposing the assassination plot was read and the King asked if Mordecai had been honored. Because nothing had been done, the King was moved to do something for this man who had saved his life. As Haman was entering the gate to have Mordecai hanged, the King asked to see Haman, intending to have him help in honoring Mordecai. Haman knew he was in trouble! (Esther 6:12-14)
Haman was then taken to the second banquet and there Queen Esther exposed his plot to exterminate the Jews. The king was furious and had Haman hanged on the gallows that he had built! (Esther 7:6-10) What “bad luck” for Haman! He was in the wrong place at the wrong time!
God is not mocked. What a man sows, he will reap. Mordecai had sowed good will towards the King and honored his God. He reaped blessing, protection and promotion. Haman sowed pride, arrogance, and murder. He lost his life on an instrument of death that he himself had built! Be careful what you sow!
Scripture reading for March 30th: 2nd Samuel 11-14
King David was a wonderful man who loved God and fought many battles relying on Him. However, at about 50 years of age, he decided to stay home from the battle and rest. With time on his hands, his eyes found an enticing view of his neighbor’s wife. This led to an adulterous encounter that brought an unwanted pregnancy. To cover up the pregnancy, David had the woman’s husband, Uriah, brought home and encouraged him to go sleep with his wife. The plan failed and David sent orders to have Uriah eliminated on the battlefield. (2nd Samuel 11:1-17) This man who walked closely with the Lord was now displeasing to God and caught in a web of sin. What a tangled web we weave when we are not focused on the Lord and His work!
How did this mighty man end up in this terrible predicament? The secular world might say today that David went through a “mid-life” crisis and lost his focus. We who are believers know differently. Decisions have consequences and we are responsible for our attitudes and our actions. David made several key decisions that took him into this trap. The first was to sit out instead of fight the Lord’s battles. When we become passive and allow others to do what we should be doing, we open ourselves up for temptation. We are designed by God for a purpose and placed in position to do God’s bidding.
Second, David must not have been reading God’s word as a king was supposed to do. (Deuteronomy 17:14-20) God’s word given through Moses specifically told of the time when Israel would have a king. One of the temptations would be to take many wives. This was to be avoided. The king was to make a copy of God’s word on a scroll and read it all the days of his life so that he would revere God and do all that God had commanded.
The last observation was that David went after temptation instead of fleeing from it! God always makes a way of escape and our first line of defense is our feet. David did not resist and was overcome! Decisions have consequences and David suffered rebellion and sexual sin in his own house and much sorrow as the result of these decisions! Would that we would stay humble and learn!
Scripture reading for February 19th: Numbers 31-33
“But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23) My wife and I used this verse to warn our children against disobeying our boundaries for them. Whenever they stepped over the line that we had established for them, we had them write this verse and several others that related to the issue several times; then they were to explain the meaning of the verses to us. This was a simple method of discipline that instructed our children in basic truth and the meaning behind it.
God wanted to make sure the Reubenites and Gadites would help their brothers take possession of the promised land. They wanted to stay on the other side of the Jordan where there was some lush pasture land rather than go over and get an inheritance. Moses insisted that they arm themselves and help possess the land first. If they failed to follow this guideline, they would be guilty of sinning against the Lord. Their sin would be exposed and bring dire consequences. (Numbers 32:20-22)
Sin had already cost the lives of every male 20 years old and older who came out of Egypt, except for Joshua, Caleb and Moses. This happened because the Israelites did not want to follow God or His instructions to enter the promised land. (Numbers 14:26-30) Sin is disobedience to God’s express commands. The sad news is that all of us have disobeyed God’s commands and if we do nothing, our sin will find us out! (Romans 3:23) The wages of sin is death! (Romans 6:23) We will die physically and then there will be a judgment where we will answer to God. Our sins will be exposed and we will pay the penalty! (Hebrews 9:27)
We have another “sure thing” that we can fully trust in. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” (1st Timothy 1:15) Just as we can be sure that our sins will find us out, we can rely on Jesus Christ to save us from the penalty of our sin. He will also save us from the power of sin and enable us to possess the inheritance of eternal life that He has promised us in Christ! Praise the Lord!