Sin is sin in the eyes of God Almighty. We can call it what we want, but one thing is forever true, sin will never be hidden from God.
How are my Truth Seekers today? On my last post we addressed “Matters of the Heart.” The heart is deceitful and wicked. Our heart condition is in need of a heart transplant. Oh! The potential that we have to walk in the truth of God’s Word. But remember, we cannot be victorious without God’s help.
As promised, we will continue our journey of truth and talk about “Secret Sins.” My study begin with Psalm 90:8.
Reading from the Amplified Bible:
Our iniquities, our secret heart and it sins [which we would so like to conceal even from ourselves], you have set in the [revealing] light of your countenance. Here it is! God will not hide His face from our sins. Nor will he turn away or overlook our sin. He will place our sin in the light of His presence. WOW! How does that make you feel? No matter what our secret sin may be, it will not be overlooked by God.
Secret sin is defined as that which is hidden, covered and concealed. Our sin will never be hidden, covered or concealed from God. Let’s look at the scripture from Luke 12:2-3.
Reading from the Amplified Bible:
Nothing is [so closely] covered up that it will not be revealed, or hidden that it will not be known. Whatever you have spoken in the darkness shall be heard and listened to in the light, and what you have whispered in [people’s] ears and behind closed doors will be proclaimed upon the housetops.
My thoughts are focused on the words “proclaimed upon the housetops.” What do you suppose this means? Whatever was said secretly will be proclaimed publicly.
In my study of secret sins, the scripture from Ecclesiastes 1:9 came to mind. “There is nothing new under the sun.” Sin has been around for a long time. According to the word of God, “what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
Have you ever studied Ezekiel chapter 8? Well, this is a perfect example of secret sin. The people believed that they can worship idols in secret and God would never know. The book opens with an account of the vision.
Scripture reading from EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary:
Verse 1: It was the 5th day of the 6th month in the 6th year of our exile. I sat in my house and the leaders of Judah sat with me. There I felt the power of the Lord our King.
Verse 2: I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. From the middle down, he seemed to be like fire. From the middle up, he seemed to shine like glowing metal.
Verse 3: He reached out what seemed to be a hand. It grasped me by my hair. And the Spirit lifted me up between earth and sky. In a vision God took me to Jerusalem. He took me to the entrance of the temple’s north gate. This is the inner area to the north side of the temple. In this area was the false god that caused God to be angry.
Verse 4: I saw the glory of the God of Israel there, as I had seen on the plain.
Verse 5: He said to me, ‘Son of man, look toward the north.’ So, I looked toward the north. I saw the entrance north of the altar gate and there was the false god that made God so angry.
Verse 6: God spoke to me again. ‘Son of man, look what they are doing. See how many terrible things the Israelites are doing here. I hate those things and they cause me to go far away from my temple. But you will see things that are even more terrible than these.’
Verse 7: Then he brought me to the entrance of the area that is about the temple. When I looked, I saw a hole in the wall.
Verse 8: He said to me. ‘Son of man, dig through the wall.’ So, I dug through the wall, and I saw a door .
Verse 9: Then he said to me, ‘Go in. See the terrible, evil things that they are doing here.
Verse 10: I went in and looked. I saw that pictures cover the walls. They were of every kind of creature that crawls, and of awful animals. The Israelites has also painted their false gods on the walls.
Verse 11: Seventy leaders of the Israelites stood in front of these false gods. Jaazaniah, the son of Shaphan, was there with them. Each man had his pan for burning incense in his hand. And the sweet smell of the incense rose like a cloud.
Verse 12: Then God said to me, ‘Son of man, look at this. Look what the leaders of Israel are doing in the dark. Each one of them is in front of his false god. They say, Lord does not see us. The Lord has gone from the country.
Verse 13: Again God spoke to me. ‘You will see even more terrible things that they are doing.’
Verse 14: He brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the Lord’s temple. Women were sitting there. They were crying for the god called Tammuz.
Verse 15: And God said to me, ‘Son of man look at this. You will see things that are even more evil than these.’
Verse 16: Then God brought me into the inner area of the temple. There I saw about 25 men at the entrance to the temple of the Lord. They were between the entrance and the altar. They had their backs to the temple of the Lord. They looked toward the east and they worshipped the sun in the east.
Verse 17: God said to me, ‘Son of man look at this. It is bad enough that the people in Judah do these awful things here. But they also fight and they have filled the country with cruelty. They have turned from me and they make me so angry. They insult me in the worst possible way.
Verse 18: So, because of my fierce anger, I will punish them. I will not pity the; and I will not save them. Even if they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.’
Truth Seekers, here it is. A picture of “secret sin.” Seventy leaders of Judah stood in front of false gods. They worshipped these gods. In this secret room Ezekiel saw what the leaders did in the dark. These men believed that God did not see them. The inner area of the temple was a holy place for the worship of God. Here there were twenty-five men. These men would have been priests who served in the temple. Yet they had turned their backs to the temple. They had turned away from God. It is impossible to serve two gods!!
God will deal with our sins. In chapter 9 of Ezekiel, the Glory of the Lord, then call the angels who have “charge” over the city with their deadly weapons. These events are taking place in the spiritual realm. There were angels who were keeping track of the events taking place in the city. Two groups of people were identified in the city. One group marked for destruction and the other marked for survival. An angel with an inkhorn goes throughout the city marking those who “sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” God is aware of the attitudes and actions taking place in the darkness, he has angels which keep track of our actions. Count the cost. There are consequences for our sins. God will do the judging.
GOD WILL HAVE THE FINAL WORD ALWAYS!!
The Lord our God sees all that happens, even in secret. We cannot hide anything from him. The leaders’ secret sins were worse than anything that Ezekiel had seen before.
Remember, our bodies are the temple of God Almighty. Our secret sins will cause God to depart the temple. It is a matter of life and death. We must come clean before God.
I will leave you with this scripture from Proverbs 28:13:
Verse 13: Do not pretend that you are innocent. You cannot succeed if you pretend this. Instead, confess your evil actions. God will forgive you if you stop your evil behavior.
Verse 14: God is kind to people who respect him. But a man who refuses to change will suffer many troubles.
COVER YOUR SIN AND GOD WILL EXPOSE IT! EXPOSE YOUR SIN AND GOD WILL COVER IT.
Apart from God we WILL NOT HAVE VICTORY OVER SIN.
Remember our formula!
SPEAK IT! MEDITATE ON IT! PRAY ABOUT IT! RELEASE IT TO GOD! LET THE WORD OF GOD HEAL IT!
Father God, here we are. We desperately need you. Cleanse us of our secret sins. We know apart from you it cannot be done. Create in us a clean heart and renew in us a right spirit. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
My next blog post will be coming from Psalm 51.
I’m looking forward to your comments.
Prayerfully, Gail Ceaser, Truth Seeker