As I was thinking about this theme of “Cover Up” I began to recall many people in the Bible who are guilty of this very thing. Abraham asked Sarah to conceal her identity in order to save his life (so he thought). This pattern continued in the family too. Adam and Eve tried to cover up as we have already seen.
How about Ananias and Sapphira? Their cover up was deadly to both of them. Remember they lied about the amount of money they gave in the offering. They wanted people to think they gave more than they really gave. Their deceit cost them their lives because they lied to God the Holy Ghost.
Some of us might know of or remember a man named Achan. His cover up is recorded in Joshua 7:21, “When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. ” Because of his cover up his sons, daughters and animals were taken into the valley and burned.
These are all serious consequences from what people today would consider a “minor offense”. Wrong! When you look at it from God’s perspective you see it totally different. You see it as sin against a Holy God. This cannot be. Sin will be dealt with It might not bring the house down upon you at that moment; but, rest assured it will come back one day. Then you will regret it possibly for eternity.
As I looked at the burn on my arm; which is getting better, I thought about women. No, it was not a curling iron accident. I thought about how women use make up. Believe me, some of us need make up. We have friends that when they arrived at Church the lady of the house would remain in the car putting on her make up. When someone would ask the husband where he wife was today he would tell them, “She is out in the car painting the barn.” What can you say to that.
This cover up started back in the beginning. Only three chapters into the Scriptures we have Adam and Eve taking part in the first cover up. Look at Genesis 3:7-8, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”
God had warned them about partaking of the fruit. When they did things played out just as He had told them. Their eyes were opened and then they knew they were naked. Then shame cam flooding in. How do I know this? Their attempt to cover up. They were before Almighty God and tried to cover up their nakedness. They were trying to cover their sinfulness too.
Is this not the reason that we try to cover up today? Absolutely, it is. We have an image in our mind that we want to live up to and when we don’t meet that expectation, we cover up.
It is like the spiritual life. We do everything we can to cover our sin before God. Guess what? He already knows about our sin. Remember, Jesus died to pay the debt of yours and my sin. He knows. Quit trying to cover up and be honest before God. Trust Him today as your Saviour and you will not have to cover up anymore.
As I was reading over yesterday’s post on “The Cover Up” something came back to my memory from my daily Bible reading from the recent past. I was thinking about Moses. We all know how God used him to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt. What an awesome task he was called upon to do.
I believe he was so zealous about this that it led him to commit murder. Look with me at Exodus 2:12-14, “And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known.”
Murder is serious. Notice that Moses “looked this way and that way,”. He knew what he was doing. He was making sure that nobody saw him. He forgot one thing. God saw him.
So many times you and I go about life and we try to live like God does not see us. Maybe we try to justify what we do by saying that God cannot see us. Maybe we don’t believe that He cares enough about us to be looking into what we are doing.
If we are His child then He cares and He looks into our lives. He is looking for us to bring Him glory and honor. He is looking for us to be like Jesus no matter what the situation. That is the key. The Father wants us to be like the Son. The question is do we care enough that we try to be like Jesus? Maybe we are just living to fulfill our own lusts. God help us!
The other day I was making two double batches of my homemade BBQ sauce. Someone had requested some of both the honey hickory and the honey mesquite. When I finished the second batch I tuned off the burner. Then I removed the lid from the stainless steel pot. Then I moved the pot to a cooler burner. When I removed the lid; before moving the pot, the BBQ sauce boiled violently for a couple seconds. A splatter about the size of a dime hit my right arm. It hurt badly!
I wiped my arm off and it turned a little red. Then it began to blister and hurt terribly. I ran cold water over it in an attempt to stop the burning and cool things down. For several days I put medicine on it and it is healing. Upon going to Church on Sunday my suit coat rubbed against this area of my arm. It hurt horrible.
I began to think. The suit coat was covering the burn mark. Unfortunately, the thing that was hiding the burn from sight was the one thing that was irritating it. Then my mind ran to Proverbs 28:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
We need to quit covering up our sin with whatever we can find. We need to confess our sin to God and forsake it. Then we can move on and live in freedom. The problem is that too man of us love the pleasure of sin and we don’t want to forsake it at all. Yet, this is what is bringing an irritation into our lives whether we realize it or not. It is time to quit covering up and get it out in the open before God and get forgiveness and freedom.
A little boy was talking to the 911 operator.The operator asked, “Can I please speak to your mommy?”The little boy replied, “No, she is busy.”“Well, what is she doing?” asked the operator.“She is talking to the policeman.”The operator asked, “Then can I speak to your daddy?”Again the boy replied, “No, he is busy too.”“What is your daddy doing?” asked the operator.“He is talking to the fireman” said the little boy.“Is there anyone there that I can speak to?” asked the operator.“No” replied the little boy.“Why?” asked the operator.“They are looking for me” the little boy said.
I love to hear The Booth Brothers sing their song “Secret Place”. You can listen to it here. The main thought of this song is that we have a “secret place” in our hearts that we put things that we don’t want to deal with. We especially do not want God to deal with it. I would call this “The Secret Place Of Sin”.
We have to be careful or we end up like a man named Achan who coveted a piece of clothing so much that he stole it and hid it in a hole in the floor of his tent. The results were deadly. His family lost their lives because of this man’s sin.
Maybe you and I need to consider the long lasting effects of our sin on our family and others around us. It can be devastating to others. Yet we just go on keeping our sin hidden in our “secret place” behind a locked door forbidding anyone entrance. One day these sins will be made public either here or in Heaven.