Luke 12 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“When He left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to oppose Him fiercely and to cross-examine Him about many things: they were lying in wait for Him to trap Him in something He said. In these circumstances, a crowd of many thousands came together, so that they were trampling on one another. He began to say to His disciples first, ‘Be on guard against the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered, nothing hidden that won’t be made known. Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and whatever you have whispered in an ear in private rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.’” Luke 11:53-54, 12:1-3
As many of you know, I have four children. It’s hard to keep kids in line, these days. Growing up, I thought my parents had eyes in the back of our heads, cameras everywhere, and spies all over town. I was always in trouble! Eventually, I gave up my sneaky ways. I don’t know how they did it, but I began to believe the myth that my parents had ESP!
G_d doesn’t need ESP…He has Omniscience, Omnipresence, Omnipotence, and an unchanging character. If you are willfully sinning against the L_rd, don’t take His silence as a signal that He doesn’t know, care, or have the power to rebuke you.
“The L_rd is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
In the days prior to Yeshua’s crucifixion, things were really starting to heat-up. Out in the Galilean countryside, it was more difficult for Yeshua’s disciples to be taken aside and personally tempted by the politically savvy Pharisees. In the close quarters of jam-packed Jerusalem, during the days, leading-up to Passover, Yeshua knew his crew was about to be bombarded.
While all 12 disciples were no-doubt tempted, we know at least two of Yeshua’s close followers caved-in to the pressure: Peter and Judas Iscariot. Yeshua’s predictions were spot-on. At least, these are the two offenders whom the L_rd immortalized in Scripture.
In the moments before sunrise, Peter denied he knew Yeshua three times. Then, the rooster crowed a second time, signaling the dawn of a new day. What was hidden was uncovered, and what was said in darkness was heard in the light.
In Luke 22, we learn of how Judas was taken aside by the chief priests, and paid a sum of money to betray Yeshua. What was whispered in private rooms was declared on the housetops.
There is no secret sin. The L_rd knows everything. It is Him we will have to stand before, giving account for our lives. If you are consciously sinning against the L_rd, repent! Seek forgiveness, denying Satan the pleasure of compounding temptation with overwhelming (possibly life-threatening) guilt.
~Steve Wiggins, Assistant Rabbi
Daily Devotional, Friday, June 14, 2013