11-11-90 P.M. "BE SURE YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT"
1. Relate story of how two tribes, Reuben and Gad, came to Moses and Eleazar with the request that they be granted land east of Jordan river because of great herds.
2. At first, Moses hesitated. Such would have great influence on other tribes. Could discourage them, cause them to perish in the wilderness.
A. Tribes promised to send armed men to assist other tribes in settlement of land west of the Jordan. (Num. 32:17)
3. Moses consented on this condition, but then warned of the fearful consequences if they failed to keep their promise..."and be sure your sin will find you out." (v. 23) Not only would such be a discouragement to others (sin against brethren), but against God.
A. Warning came from old man who had observed this fact many times in his lifetime.
Moses had witnessed more than 600,000 cases of this happening. His own life was illustration.
I. GOD HAS ALWAYS WARNED MAN THAT HIS SIN WILL FIND HIM OUT. (Gen. 2:17) Effort to dissuade man from beginning a life of sin. (see Prov. 4:26)
A. What is meant by the expression?
1. Some think Moses was telling these that if they refused to fulfill their promise they would come to recognize actions as sin when they had to suffer some consequences. (see Jer. 14:7- Realized nation had sinned because they were suffering famine, etc.) Yet, this is not all that is meant by "finding out."
2. Sin is transgression of God's law. (I Jn. 3:4) One cannot violate without suffering consequences. (Illus. natural laws, Prov. 6:27,28)
a. Principle true with regard to moral law. Application of statement to moral laws. (Prov. 6:26,29)
b. Man may choose path he travels; but once choice is made, must accept the destiny. Reason so important that one "ponder the path of his feet."
B. Many Biblical examples to illustrate fact that sin will find man out:
1. Cain. (Gen. 4:8-10)
a. Blood cried from the ground. Act could not be hidden.
b. Consequences: vagrant, wander. Constantly reminded of act.
2. Achan. (Joshua 7)
a. When Israel failed to destroy Ai, God told Joshua that there was "sin in the camp." "All Israel had sinned." (7:11)
b. Achan had seen, desired, took-- B. garment, 200 pieces of silver, wedge of gold-- hid in tent.
c. Lots to determine tribe, family. "Man by man." Achan taken. Confessed. (v. 20)
But consequences had to be suffered to put away sin. (v. 25) Stoned with stones, burned with fire.
3. David. (2 Sam. ch. 11,12)
a. Nathan sent to tell of the Lord's displeasure. Because of his despising the Lord, (12:9 adultery, murder, the Lord would raise up one from his own house to bring shame to him. (12:11,12) Fulfilled. (ch. 16:8)
b. Caused enemies to blaspheme, child to die. (12:14)
4. Ananias and Sapphira. (Acts 5:2)
a. Attempted to deceive Peter, others. Lied to H.S. Consequence paid. Sin found them out.
C. Something about sin which causes most to want to conceal it. Try to keep from coming to light. This action is within itself an admission of wrong doing. (see Jn. 3:20,21) One does not try to cover actions that are right, good.
1. Many try to cover sin. (Prov. 28:13) Through further deception, self-justification, placing blame on others, running away, etc. (see Psa. 139:7-f)
II. SIN WILL FIND MAN OUT:
A. Often, circumstances of life turn out where all able to see that sin has taken
place. Providence of God may bring sin to light for others to see.
1. Absolom's rebellion, evil was to make known David's sin for all Israel to see.
(2 Sam. 16:8)
2. No "statute of limitations" beyond which God will not "reveal sin.”
B. Conscience will "find one out." Many sins done in secret, never suffer outwardly.
1. Most severe condemnation is from within. "Conscience, the silent spy in the
heart of every man," will trouble one. Cannot protect self against sin flash-
ing before the face at any moment.
2. Deeds done, forgotten until some word, event stirs conscience.
3. Cannot live long with guilty conscience. Must reject it or make correction.
Often hear of those who confess to crimes years after committed. (Illus., Man
who confessed to murder committed 23 years before. When not charged with crime, committed suicide.
C. IN JUDGMENT: If die in unpardoned condition.
1. Multitudes commit crimes, sins which are undetected, no guilty conscience, or
ignorant of sin.
2. I Tim. 5:24, "Some men's sins go before to judgment, others follow." A time of
revealing every work. "All things naked, open before the eyes of Him." (Heb. 4:
3. God is not mocked. He will judge world in righteousness. (A. 17:30) Deeds are
written in a book. (Rev. 20:12) His spiritual laws cannot be defied.
Conc. 1. All have sinned. (Rom. 3:21) Will be found out. Either now through suffering
consequences, or stricken conscience. Purpose of word to make aware. (see Jn.
2. All sin will be "found out" in judgment.
3. A means provided by which sin can be ""covered." (see Rom. 4:7) Death of Christ
possible the covering of sins. Man's responsibility is to obey gospel so that his
sins can be "covered" by God.