Have you ever been caught with your hand in the cookie jar? We all sin, we all do things we aren’t supposed to do. It’s our secret. No one knows. Until they do and suddenly we are exposed. That moment we are caught is a moment of paralyzing fear as our minds quickly attempt to determine the correct course of action. Often our first course of action is to attempt covering up our wrong doing. We may lie, or make excuses, but ultimately this course of action is unadvisable.
Over the next two days, we will look at two examples of people in the Bible who were caught and how they responded.
Let’s start with Adam and Eve. They were the first people we encounter in scripture and they lived in a beautiful garden, enjoying a healthy relationship with God. The instructions God gave them were pretty good, eat of any tree except one. They could of any tree, and some of them were pretty good. My favorite was the tree of life. Eating from that tree meant you don’t die. Not a bad deal. Why is it, however, that we are always drawn to the one tree we aren’t supposed to eat from.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God’s instructions were clear, don’t eat of this tree or you will die.
Well, they ate of the tree.
At that moment their whole world changed. They really did begin to understand things they didn’t before. They knew enough to cover up their nakedness, and they knew enough to know that there was no hiding what they had done from their Creator.
When they heard God walking the garden looking for them, they did what most of us do when we’ve done something wrong and our parents are looking for us. They hid.
When God found them, they tried to make excuses. Adam blamed the woman. The woman blamed the serpent. Sorry guys, the devil made me do it doesn’t hold up. We are responsible for the choices we make.
Because of their sin, among other things, they were banished from the garden and the tree of life.
However, I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if they hadn’t hid? What if they hadn’t tried to make excuses and pass the blame? Would God have responded differently? We can’t know the answer to that, but we can know that trying to cover up our sins is never the best choice to make when we are caught.
THINK ABOUT THIS:
- How do you respond when you get caught?
- Is there a better option than hiding or making excuses?
PRAY: Lord, forgive me when I sin. Give me courage to not hide or make excuses, but help me to take responsibility for my actions.
1 John 1:5-10 (NLT) This is the message we heard from Jesus[a] and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Genesis 3 (NLT) The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied.3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
6 The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. 7 At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
8 When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man[a] and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”
“The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed
more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike[b] your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
16 Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.[c]”
17 And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.”
20 Then the man—Adam—named his wife Eve, because she would be the mother of all who live.[d] 21 And the Lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife.
22 Then the Lord God said, “Look, the human beings[e] have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!” 23 So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. 24 After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.