Exodus 2: We Can’t Hide Our Sin from God
In Exodus chapter 2, we get to meet one of the most famous men in Biblical history.
Moses was born to Hebrew parents from the tribe of Levi, but because of the order from Pharaoh that ordered all young boys to be killed, his mother made a basket and sent him floating down the river. While this might seem a little bit odd, she probably knew that his chances of survival were much better wherever he ended up rather than with her.
He was then found by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised to be an Egyptian prince. He obviously knew that he was Hebrew though because he reacted very strongly when he saw an Egyptian man mistreating an Israelite worker.
Exo 2:11 And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.
Exo 2:12 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.
This passage makes me think about how we handle sin in our lives at certain times. Granted, most of us don’t murder people, and obviously that is a terrible crime, but we all certainly do more seemingly minor things that are still wrong and separate us from God.
Moses saw a scene that rightfully made him angry. He saw an Egyptian beating up a Hebrew worker. I think that if any of us saw that, we would be upset, and we very well might try to stop it.
However, Moses apparently knew what he was about to do because he looked around to see if anyone was watching him. When he saw that no one was watching him, he killed the man and buried his body.
Moses definitely is not the only one who has ever dealt with this type of situation. When we are being watched by other people, we try to put our best foot forward. After all, we don’t want people to see us do bad things.
However, when we are alone, we tend to think that nobody will know what we do, and we can quickly bury it before anybody notices.
The problem with that premise is that God sees everything we do, and we can’t hide anything from Him. It is kind of like Jonah. He tried to sail the entirely other direction to escape going to Nineveh like God wanted him to.
Jon 1:10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.
To put some context around this, the sailors on the boat were asking Jonah why he tried to run away from God and not follow His will.
We might think that when we are doing something that we know is wrong and no one is watching, we can just cover it over. However, God sees what we do, and when we do sin, we need to sincerely ask for forgiveness. Even though God does see all of our sins, He will also forgive us just as quickly. I just wanted to make sure I left you with the happy end of this story rather than just the problem of the cover-up.
1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.