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Tuesday, June 26 2012
The Two Ways That Sin Is Hidden
The English word "clothing" originated from the Anglo-Saxon word cloth (same spelling as in English, but the ancient word was pronounced differently); "clothing" was originally a verb which meant to cover in cloth i.e. cloth-ing. The verb later also became a noun to represent the cloths that people wore to cover themselves.
As we will read, prior to humans making "cloth" for themselves out of plant materials such as cotton or linen (with one exception, as we will read), they covered themselves (were covered, actually) with animal hides, to "hide" their nakedness or exposure to cold. Hence the terms "hiding" and "hidden" which came to mean to cover, or to conceal.
Humans began "without anything to hide."
"2:7 And the LORD God [see Appearances Of The LORD God] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?].
When humans chose to become sinners, their attitude changed - they attempted to hide themselves from the LORD because they realized that what they did wasn't right in His eyes (see God's People Run To The LORD, Not From Him). They not only made "aprons" for themselves, they concealed themselves entirely i.e. "I hid myself."
"3:1 Now the serpent [see Do You Want A Servant Or A Serpent? and The Dragons Of The Bible] was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The LORD then made them clothing of hides, in which to hide themselves from Him, and each other. "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them" i.e. after they "did hide themselves" from the LORD, the LORD made hides for them "and clothed them" - "hided" them, actually, since He used hides, not cloth, to "clothe" them.
"3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:21-24 KJV)
Their children, beginning with Cain and Abel, were clothed in hides from the time that they were born. As such, Cain became the first "wolf in sheep's clothing" when he lured his brother out into the pasture ("Am I my brother's keeper?"), where he killed him.
"4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves"
There have been many "wolves in sheep's clothing" since the time of Cain. The Messiah warned of them in the same way that He warned Cain himself ("If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door"): "Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit."
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners]. 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them [see The Messiah's Warning About Christian Charlatans].
The two greatest prophets that ever lived were both killed by men who were hiding behind cloaks of righteousness. They blasphemed the Holy Spirit (see The Unpardonable Sin) in both the Messiah and John with their "He hath a devil" - when in Truth they had the Devil.
"11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 11:8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 11:9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee [see The Ministries Of The Two Greatest Prophets].
Neither the Messiah nor John the Baptist were dressed in ornate religious clothing because they had nothing to hide - unlike the religious authorities who had perverted their office, and their official garments, into instruments of hypocrisy and fraud.
"12:38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes [see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?], which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 12:39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 12:40 Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation." (Matthew 12:38-40 KJV)
The humans who "hide" in that way do so because of who it is that they actually serve, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light [see Who's Hiding On Your Wall?]. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (1 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV)
There is coming a day when those who hide behind a facade of "truth" will seek to hide in other ways, in bunkers and holes in the ground, to escape the Wrath of the LORD that is coming upon them ("to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come") unless, and until, they repent of their evil and buffoonery.
"6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals [see The Seals Of Prophecy], and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered"
As we've read, Adam and Eve ran and hid because of their sin. But what would have happened if they had stood their ground and confessed what they did? Answer: "I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin."
"32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah." (Psalm 32:5 KJV)
Adam and Eve tried to cover their sin by hiding themselves. If they had repented and confessed their sin to the LORD, their sin would have been covered in another way, the right and righteous Way: "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered."
"32:1 A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered [see Christ's Mercy Seat and The Day Of Atonement: It's All About Christianity]. 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile." (Psalm 32:1-2 KJV)
When one truly repents, of all the sins that one has committed, all of those sins will be forgiven - "covered" and "hidden" by the LORD: "shall hide a multitude of sins."
"5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." (James 5:19-20 KJV)
Only the LORD can Judge because only the LORD sees all that humans attempt to hide and cover up; the LORD "will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts."
"4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. 4:4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God." (1 Corinthians 4:1-5 KJV)
The true Church of God (see Can You See The Church?) lives openly in the sight of God. The Truth is not hidden, from us, or by us.
"4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:2-6 KJV)
Fact Finder: How was linen used as a symbol of a pure covering?
This Day In History, June 26
363: The Roman Emperor Julian was killed by an arrow during a clash with Persian cavalry (Persia is known today as Iran; see also Ancient Empires - Persia). Jovian, a Roman general, was proclaimed Emperor by the battlefield troops (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1097: The armies of the First Crusade (1096-1099) occupied the ancient Byzantine city of Nicea (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1243: The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor was decimated by the Mongols.
1409: The Church of Rome entered a "double schism" when Petros Philargos was made Pope Alexander V - along with Pope Gregory XII in Rome and Pope Benedict XII in Avignon, France (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1483: Richard III of England began his rule, after deposing his nephew Edward V. Edward and his brother Richard were later murdered.
1541: Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conqueror of Peru, was assassinated in his palace.
1794: The Austrians were defeated by the French at Fleurus, halting their conquest of Belgium.
1843: Hong Kong was proclaimed a British crown colony.
1870: "Christmas" was declared a Federal holiday in the U.S.A. (see Could Santa Claus Have Become The Pope?).
1917: The first U.S. troops entered battle during the First World War, which began over 2 years earlier, in 1914 (the U.S. entered the Second World, in December of 1941, also over 2 years after it began, in September 1939; listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1936: The first flight of the German Focke-Wulf Fw 61, the first functional helicopter.
1945: The United Nations Charter was signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, succeeding the League of Nations.
1959: The St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting Canadian and U.S. ports on the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower.
1974: The Universal Product Code, for automatically price-scanning goods, went into commercial service.
1976: The CN Tower in Toronto, the world's tallest free-standing structure, opened.
1995: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak survived an assassination attempt unharmed when gunmen sprayed bullets at his armored limousine in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
2003: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the sodomy laws (as found in the Holy Bible) are unconstitutional in the U.S.A.