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Secret Things?

Secret Things?

2 Kings 17:9 – "And the people of Israel did secretly against the LORD their God things that were not right.”


1. He saw it in the Garden, Genesis 3:6-13 – "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself." He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate." Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

2. He saw Abel buried in the ground, Genesis 4:8-10 – "And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.”

3. He knew the hearts of Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5:1-3 – "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”

4.  The secret things belong to God.

A)  A) The secret things belong to God, Deuteronomy 29:29– "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
B)  B) The evil man thinks that God will not see his deeds, Psalm 10:8-11 – "He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.”
C)C) God sees our sins, Psalm 90:8 – "Thou hast set our iniquities before thee, our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.”
D) D) Evil cannot be hidden, Jeremiah 23:24 – "Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”
5. 5. We know we can’t get away with sinning before God.

A) Notice what God will bring into Judgment:  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 -  "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

6.     6.  Rejoice, for God Sees the secret things:

A.   There is a record kept in heaven, Revelation 20:14-15 – "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

        Psalm 19:12 – "Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.”
Adapted:  Bro GW Watkins


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