Saturday, November 29, 2008

Why Hide Your Sins?

Arabian Nights? Entertainment! Boys and girls I have a very nice Bible story from Gen 38:1-38 to tell you. There was a man in Israel called Judah. He married Shuah and had three sons: Er, Onan and Shelah. Judah married a wife (Tamar) for his son (Er). Due to his wickedness the Lord slew him. His younger brother (Onan) inherited his wife. Because he did not want to have children in his brother’s name he decided to spill his seed on the ground. So the thing displeased the Lord and he slew him too. Rather than Judah giving his daughter in law to his third son when he was marriageable he decided to leave her lonely. She disguised as a harlot and seduced him. She then took some security deposit until he brings the promised kid.
When he reached home, he sent one of his friends an Adullamite to take the kid to the “harlot”. Before he arrived there she had left. He searched but could not see her. Three months later he was told that his daughter in law Tamar had done prostitution and is even pregnant. Judah ordered that she should be brought to town and burnt alive. In her defense, she presented all the security deposit that Judah had given her and told the people that the owner was the author of her pregnancy. Thus prostitution was not done alone. Judah confessed and repented of his evil. He acknowledged that she was more righteous than him who has refused to give her to his youngest son. She later had twins: Pharez and Zarah.
This is s classic story of hypocrisy where politicians set laws and preachers preach against sin in public but they do just the opposite. Then later they try to conceal their evil.
God has taught us that it is not just enough to acknowledged our sins when in danger and when danger starts to subside we con back to the same thing like Pharaoh used to do (Ex 9:27, 34) you must desire to change. In the OT the reward for sin was so draconian that people feared and kept their sin secret. In the New Testament the dispensation of grace gives humanity a great opportunity to come out open when we sin so that we may obtain mercy.
Many people have sinned; some revealed their sins but others were only exposed. You and I know that there are many people who hide their sins. When you confess and forsake your sins God will always hear your prayers (IKings 8:35-36, 46-47). So why do people hide their sins? After all secrecy before humanity is an open book before God.
We hide our sins to shield our social status from our own hypocrisy (Gen 38: 2-26). You can remember preachers and politicians who voted for a law and were after charged and convicted of the same law. Spite and rancor make presidents of developing countries fear to leave power. With God, he rolls your sins into the bottom of the sea (Mic 7:19-20).
Despite encouragements from God that if people confess and forsake their sins they will have mercy (2 Chronicles 7:14) people still hide their sins.
It all began when Adam and Eve sinned. They ran and covered themselves with fig leaves (Gen 3:7; 10). Fig leaves are symbolic of an unauthentic covering. That is why God will later kill a lamb to use the skin and cover their nakedness (Gen 3:21) because for them to be properly covered there must be a shedding of Blood. There is no remission of sins without the shedding of Blood (Heb 9:22). Yet though there is possibility to repent of our sins and say we are sorry people still prefer to cover them.
The reason why people cover their sins is the fear of disappointing those who look up to you (Gen 3: 7- 11.). Adam and Eve were ashamed to fail God who loved them by created them, and trusted them by making them the caretakers of the garden.
Yet again in the OT God advised the people that if they sinned and it was found out they should bring a sacrifice (Lev 4:14) or if they found out themselves that they have sinned then they should offer a sacrifice (Lev 4:23). No matter how we try to hide our sins they will find us out (Num 323:23). The evil that men do, live with and after them.
The time has past that, parents died for the sins of their children or voice versa (2 Chr 25:4). Human beings must realize that they were sharpened in iniquity and their mothers conceived them in sin (Ps 51:5). David once complained that: The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one (Ps 14:2-3). If we confess and forsake our sins we will have mercy (Prov 28:13). It is not only our sins but the sins of our people that we need to confess (Dn 9:20). If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (I Jn 1:9-10).
So then should we continue to sin because there is grace? God for bid! (Rom 6:1). There are some sins that we need to rebuke in public and not cajole and pamper. Excuses why anyone sinned should not be encouraged (I Tim 5:20). Rather they should be exhorted to confess and forsake their sins lest they be hardened in sin (Heb 3:13). No matter your sin there is enough grace to abound (Rom 5:20). God will always have compassion. The prodigal son’s anecdote testifies to this (Lk 15:18, 21).
Until then, may our lives be opened book through which cronies and strangers may read the familiar and strange matters of life.
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