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. ~Exodus 2:14
When I was about nine or ten years old, I was throwing a rubber ball around in the small house that we lived in. I missed while throwing it to another person, and the ball flew towards the fireplace mantle, hit a picture frame, and broke it. I tried to glue it back together, but it was noticeable that it had been broken. I did not say anything to my parents, hoping it would not be noticed. However, a few days later, my mother was dusting and noticed that the picture frame had been broken. My errant deed had been found out! Moses thought that his murder of a man could be hidden, but by his own words he said, “Surely this thing is known.” This morning, we are reminded that we cannot hide our sin.
We see the discovery.
“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.” Moses sought to make an injustice right by killing an Egyptian who was severely punishing an Israelite. Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. used to say, “It is never right to do wrong in order to do right.” Moses killed the Egyptian and buried this man in the sand. Unfortunately for Moses, he did not bury him deep enough! Sin will find us out! We cannot bury our sins deep enough in the sand. There is always a trail that is left behind. Remember, God knows about our sin! Second, remember that our sin will be known! Third, your conscience will always bear the guilt of sin that has been committed!
We see the discrediting.
“And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us?” Moses thought that his position as a statesman of Egypt and as a fellow Hebrew gave him leadership status over his fellow Jews. However, he was defiantly asked, “Who do you think you are?” Sin is a sure way of losing credibility as a leader. Parents will provoke their children to wrath when their children see them living in open sin. Parents that lie, cheat, steal, criticize, disparage, and have “secret vices” ruin their credibility with their children. Parental hypocrisy makes a child bitter and cynical towards the parent’s authority. The same can be said about spiritual leaders who don’t walk the talk. You cannot as a leader promote a right cause and be a non-performer.
We see the disapproval.
“Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well.” Moses not only had the disapproval of other Hebrews, but he also incurred the disapproval of Pharaoh himself. Sin must be punished. Sin has serious consequences. God disapproves of our sin. We are told that “he that covereth his sin shall not prosper.” Moses committed a capital crime that was worthy of a capital punishment. Moses fled out of Egypt, and ran many miles away to live in the land of Midian and escape the wrath of Pharaoh. What a sad situation Moses got himself into.
We see the disassociation.
Moses wound up in Midian, sat down by a well, and found favor in the eyes of the priest of Midian, Reuel. Reuel means “friend of God.” Reuel gave him his daughter Zipporah as wife and brought him into his family. This is a beautiful picture of how God in His grace saves a sinner, brings him into His family, and gives him a fresh start. After we get saved, we must remember that a fresh start also demands a spiritual change. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous,” I John 2:1. We won’t be sinless, but we must disassociate ourselves from sinful proclivities. We must remember to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.
Surely this thing is known! You can’t hide it! Come clean this morning with the Lord, and allow His enabling grace give you a fresh start.
Have a cleansed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 13-15