GOD'S ORIGINAL WHISTLEBLOWER!
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out,
In Numbers chapter 32 we find poor land choice of the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh.
This chapter could be effortlessly outlined like this:
I. The Request. (verses 1-5)
II. The Reprimand. (verses 6-15)
III. The Reassurance. (verses 16-32)
IV. The Result. (verses 33-42)
It is while the prophet Moses is dealing (under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit) with "The Reassurance" that a person reads a strong warning that falls from the lips of the man of God upon the ears of the people of God. (verse 23)
The sister verse of Numbers 32:23 is Galatians 6:7.
G. Campbell Morgan once wrote about our text, "No policy of compromise can ever justify a modification of a divine method toward the accomplishment of a divine purpose."
Mark it down: Borderline leaning always leads to borderline living.
Friend, you and I (those of us that are saved) need to realize that private sin is going to bring public scandal!
There are 3 places where sin will eventually be perceived:
I. THE HEARTH.
A place where sin blows the whistle and is always perceived is the hearth. (Gen. 13:12) Brother Lot's wrong decision to put his cattle before his children turned out to be one of the saddest tragedies on the pages of the Scriptures. (Gen. 19:32) For the sake of your children, and one day your grandchildren, keep the Bible the bedrock of your home and run Beelzebub out the back door of your house! (Deut. 6:6-9) The hearth!
II. THE HEART.
A place where sin blows the whistle and is always perceived is the heart. (Judges 14:2) Brother Samson's wrong desire for a wife outside of the faith will follow him all the way to the Philistine's prison house. (Judges 16:21) If you will guard your spiritual ticker you'll never have to worry about going down the sinful trail! (Prov. 4:23) the heart!
III. THE HEREAFTER.
A place where sin blows the whistle and is always perceived is the hereafter. (II Tim. 4:10a) Brother Demas' willful departure to quit the ministry translated to disgrace at the Judgment Seat of Christ. (II Cor. 5:10) No saint skates from unconfessed wrong, on earth or in ETERNITY. God will eventually balance the books. (I Tim. 5:24) The hereafter!