Eph 1:11-14 / Psa 33
“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed.”
All things in darkness come to light;
No lie can ever be concealed.
What secrets can hide from God’s sight?
In time the truth will be revealed.
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to His disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, 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 inner rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet no one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:1-7)
The hypocrisy of the Pharisees was what estranged them from God, because they thought they could fool God with their duplicity. Their “leaven” was what made them bloat with pride. To their fellow Jews they might have appeared great in piety and self-righteousness, but our Lord exposed them for what they really were — just full of air.
There is nothing unknown to God, whether it’s the number of our hairs or the countless stars. There is no secret hidden from the eyes of God. And He cares for all of His creation – even the worthless sparrows. How much more for us, whom He made in His image and likeness? Only one thing He requires of us to be worthy of His love – to be sincere in our faith. And that means being truthful in all our ways.
During the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in our brotherhood’s Christian Life Program. many of our participants break down in tears. This is the cathartic effect of finally coming face to face with our sins, and being led out of their darkness into the light of God’s loving forgiveness. Shedding tears is a natural outpouring of repentance, the result of being released from the bondage of sin, and restored into our rightful place in the arms of our Savior. They are tears of joy indeed!
Give thanks to the Lord on the harp; with the ten-stringed lyre chant His praises. For upright is the word of the Lord, and all His works are trustworthy. He loves justice and right; of the kindness of the Lord the earth is full. Happy the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen for His own inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down; He sees all mankind. Amen.
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