Something to Hide Gen. 3:10 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
When you have something to hide you do things to conceal the truth. The funny thing is that when you do these things you are unknowingly revealing that you have something to hide. You are “giving away” your guilt. So, today we are going to examine the Bible for the things people typically do when they have something to hide. The purpose of this study is not to make you a better actor; rather the purpose is to expose you if you are hiding something.
When you have something to hide:
You are going to hide – Gen 3:8 – Adam and Eve hid from the presence of the Lord – it’s funny that they thought they could hide their nakedness from God [Heb 4:13] – when a person wants to sin and not get caught he hides so he can’t be seen – he closes the drapes – he goes out of town – he hides his phone records – he hides the credit card statement – he goes behind the garage – he sets up screens to hide his sin – oftentimes when a person gets caught in sin others close to him remark that they had their suspicions – the reason is they notice your peculiar behavior – coming home late – not answering your phone – making up excuses and so forth.
You are going to be afraid – Gen 3:10 – in Gen 3:8 Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the Lord – when the Lord found them, Adam admitted that they had hid because he was afraid – you are afraid, particularly around godly Christians in a good church, because you have something to hide – and some men can “read” your fear; it is the fear that gives you away – you are stiff and careful in your conversations (out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh) and you don’t want your mouth to divulge your sin – you aren’t shy; you are measuring every word like a politician to be sure it’s safe – in Lk 20:5-7 the Pharisees couldn’t think of a safe way to answer the Lord without revealing that they were the trees, to whom John preached, who couldn’t bring forth good fruit [Lk 3:9].
You are going to be a hypocrite – Gen 3:7 – as Adam and Eve wore fig leaves to hide their nakedness so men wear masks to hide their sin – they pretend to be something they are not out of fear of being exposed for who they really are– they are too careful to maintain their appearance around other people – they are like the Pharisees, whited sepulchers full of dead men’s bones – you know that you are not what you pretend to be and yet you keep up the front – many times spiritual people can smell something rotten underneath your outward shell just like Jesus could see right through the Pharisees’ hypocrisy – you would be better off being who you really are and taking your place with the publicans and harlots – that way Jesus could transform you into what he wants you to be and you won’t have to hide anymore.
You are going to talk too much – 2 Sam 14:4-20 – the woman of Tekoah was hiding the fact that Joab had set her up to persuade the king to bring Absalom home – she just went on and on with her request and David knew she was hiding something from him – and indeed she was – this point may sound like a contradiction to the second point that people who are afraid are usually scared to say too much – however, the truth is that many people who are hiding something are more inclined to be blabber mouths [Prov 10:19] – usually you can say in just a few words what needs to be said (maybe just a “yes” or a “no”) – yet, when you drivel on people get the idea that you are making stuff up to hide the truth.
You are going to tell lies – Prov 10:18 – people lie all the time to hide the truth – the lie is used to cover what you are hiding – more times than not, though, the lie is exposed and then the fact that you have been hiding something comes out – even though some people are better liars than others eventually the truth comes out [Prov 12:19] – and many times you are the one who exposes your own lie – you do it the next time you lie about it – your “facts” just don’t add up – on another note, often times young people lie to cover their insecurity – you know what that is? Pride!! You would be way better off to humble yourself and tell the truth; then God could do something to help you.
You are going to be critical – Matt 7:1-5 – you judge other people and run other people down with your mouth or in your mind – you pick on the mote in their eye to hide the beam in your eye – but when you criticize them you are just proclaiming to the observant listener what your problem is [Rom 2:1] because you always find fault with other people in the area where you are having trouble – the Pharisees jumped Jesus out about the Sabbath and got caught red handed after the triumphal entry buying and selling in the temple on the Sabbath.
You are going to get angry – Matt 26:73-74 – when Peter was accused of being a follower of Jesus he denied it – when he was pressed further he cursed and swore that he didn’t know the Lord – now people may get angry about a lot of different things but when you are hiding something and you get pressed you are going to get mad – it is an unwritten rule that the more vocally and defiantly a man denies an accusation the more likely he is guilty – he uses his anger to cover his transgression – you would be way better off just admitting your guilt than to put on such a show – it’s easier to be forgiven by people who aren’t mad at you for blowing up on them.
Conclusion: you may not be hiding as well as you think you are – you may be giving yourself away by the things you are doing and saying – on top of that not only are you wrong for hiding your sin but you are compounding the problem by doing all these other things – you are far better off to quit the sin and come clean – because the longer you play this out the worse it’s going to get and the more people, potentially, you will hurt.