An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Playing “Gotcha”

(Proverbs 19:5 KJV)  A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.

The words came to my mind, “Your sins will find you out”.  I knew it was in the Bible so I started looking and eventually found the verse I was remembering.
(Numbers 32:23 KJV)  But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.
If you look closely you will see that I had the quotation wrong.  This happens frequently.  I was saying that your “sins” would find you but the Bible says “sin”.  It is the singular.  That is a significant difference. 

Sin in the singular is often a designation of our condition, not our actions.  We often think that we can sin and if no one notices, we got away with it.  Because no one noticed and we got away with it we seem to have this idea that God did not notice either.  That is one of the difference between Bible based Christianity and cultural Christianity.  One is based on guilt and the other on shame.

Sin is a condition.  It is expressed in actions and attitudes.  It is rebellion against God.  Here the specific mentioned is lying, and whether you want to accept it or not, lying is a sin.

So?  What is your condition?  Are you still lost in the condition of sin or have you allowed the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to bring you liberty?  God notices, even if your neighbor doesn’t. 

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