Surrounded by a multitude of people, Jesus made this sobering declaration: There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. (Luke 12:2-3) Though many heard His words that day, this admonition was directed primarily at His followers and was part of a discourse concerning the hypocrisy of His religious opponents, the Pharisees. It’s general meaning is that hypocrisy will eventually be exposed and it applies to everyone. I suppose not everybody will agree with me, but I believe there is a little bit of hypocrisy in all of us. Remember the story of David being exposed of his sin by the prophet Nathan concerning Bathsheba and her husband? The story is found in 2 Samuel, Chapter 12. Nathan set David up by telling him a parable about a rich man who stole his poor neighbor’s only little ewe lamb, slaughtered it, and prepared it for one of his visiting friends. The prophet then asked him what he thought should be done to a man such as that and David responded indignantly that he deserved to die for it. Nathan then dropped David this bombshell, “You are that man!”
David is a bible hero in every sense of the word but on that day his hypocrisy was exposed. And if that could happen to such a man as David, it can happen to us. Some ex-fellow workers of mine made the news many years ago when they were stranded for three days in a sand bar out in the coast. When they were rescued, one of them was interviewed by a TV reporter. The entire city rejoiced because of their rescue but back at the Post Office everyone knew that two of them had called in sick on the day they left on their fishing trip. Amazingly, neither was fired but they were never able to live down that embarrassing event in their lives.
Christ’s word of caution is for us. Today, thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and what have you, many people know everything about us and the words we use when we communicate with friends. We’ve already seen folks who claim they just can’t attend church having a good time at some party or public venue at the same time as the missed church service. I repeat: Though there may be a touch of deceitfulness in all of us, lets all be careful. Its more than the fear of being exposed; its more about the fear of failing the One who loves us.
Memory verse for the week: (2 Corinthians 5:7) For we walk by faith, not by sight.