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Can Secret remain Secret? (Conclusion)

This piece is the second part that concludes the above topic. It is nature preordained that there is nothing secret in this world. This is why, what is kept as secret must as much as possible be what cannot bring shame or destabilize life or an organization if by accident it leaks out. The government usually classifies some secrets as top or classified and set time limit for de-classifying them for security reasons only.

We do not have to look at the Old Testament situation as the only place and time where and when secrets have been known by even uncommitted persons. It was mainly by divine intelligence that such secrets were known. Remember King David, when Prophet Nathan confronted him in a parable of the poor man who had only one lamb that was coveted by a prosperous man.The New Testament has its own share of divine revelation to someone who was not privy to the sinful act (Secret). Ananias and  Sapphira, husband and wife, decided to cheat on other followers of Christ by selling their land like others but presented a fraction of the proceeds. By divine revelation, Peter confronted  husband and wife separately and they both lied to the Holy Spirit as Peter said. They both died consequent upon their lying. If the secret was not revealed by any means, physical or spiritual, no one could have known what the couple did which surely would have undermined the purpose of communal living being practised by the disciples after the death of Jesus Christ. Acts 5: 1-10.

God who judges the heart and not the face revealed to Paul the secret behind the acts of the “famed ” Elymas, the sorcerer. Acts 13: 8-11. (NKJV) “But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, look intently at him, and said, “O full of deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of righteousness, will you not cease perverting the ways of the Lord. And now indeed, the hand of the Lord  is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.”

God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform in that the plot to assassinate Paul in Jerusalem leaked to Paul’s nephew. The young man went to tell Paul who sent him to the Chief Captain who acted fast and smuggled Paul out at night to Caesarea for him to be heard by Governor Felix.

In conclusion, where a person did not commit a sin and detractors just decided to cause him to be held for heinous crime. God has always  revealed the truth that would cause the victim to be exonerated  even if he had spent more than a quarter of a century in jail without parole. He would eventually go free with sumptuous compensation. Can a secret remain secret for ever?

Can secret remain secret?

Any situation bordering on sin causes any secret to get revealed consciously or by default including human error as well as by divine revelation to prophets or chosen people. Let us in unison ask a person who is a secret keeper under oath of secrecy as to how the secret the person was entrusted to keep can for ever remain secret. A secret is supposed to be out of public knowledge because of the damage it can do to national image, a company, or highly placed people in the society. Between two rival manufacturing companies, what makes each of them to remain unique has always been securely kept as trade secret. Patent is a legal document securing to an inventor for a term of years exclusive right to his or her invention. One might just surmise that if that status was not granted, others who later find out the component would just go ahead and start manufacturing, especially, such drug thus depriving the inventor from getting maximum benefit from his or her invention. in other words, there is scarcely any secret that can ever remain secret for ever.

Secret can fail to be kept secret because of personal financial benefit or vendetta or it can also arise from human error and in contemporary age of hackers’ of computer sensitive data. Other areas of bursting someone’s personal secret are phishing, presenting fake websites through which unsuspecting users can unknowingly release personal sensitive information to the extent that the hacker would be able to steal from other person’s savings or checking accounts. Government Banks’ and companies’ records have been announced to have been hacked in spite of assumed impregnable security.

Adam and Eve were talked into eating the forbidden fruit without them giving a hint to God. However, guilty conscience made them to hide away from the presence of God  in Genesis 3: 1-10 (NKJV). In the case of Cain and Abel, God queried Cain because the blood of Abel had cried to HIM, revealing a secret Cain did not disclose on his own. Cain answered God’s question with question in Genesis  4: 9: And the Lord said unto Cain, “Where is Abel thy brother? And he said I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain would have been shocked as he was confronted with his crime committed secretly out of jealousy.

Achan never thought that his secret sin could be known by anyone, but by divine revelation he had to confess his sin and had to bear the consequent repercussion on not him alone but also on his family members: Joshua 7:20 (NKJV) No secret is truly secret as Achan answered Joshua and said, Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I have done”;  for during investigation after the defeat in the war against the small town of Ai, lot was cast and it fell on him. In the old and contemporary christian practice we fail to take heed that no secret sin shall go undiscovered. Think of a well placed person from the royalty who judged others as a ruler. King David coveted Uriah’s wife who he slept with and tried to hide his infidelity by ordering the death of a devotedly loyal defender of his kingdom. Nobody talked about it until God revealed it to Prophet Nathan. It would appear Prophet Nathan could not speak point blank but devised a case study  approach in which David judged the perpetrator only to be told that God said thathe (David) was the character in question.What all men of valor could not reveal God divinely used Prophet Nathan to spill the bean. IISamuel 10:2-10 recorded details of his secret sin.

Deception: Weapon of the Devil

There is deception in many facets of life. If not, there would not have been outcries over small prints in contractual documents especially in some credit cards’ added information appearing in small  prints. Such small prints are no less important than those in bold letters. As soon as one has signed the document, every clause therein becomes binding. Deception was first heard of from biblical events narrated in the serpent’s deception, concerning Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Devil has since then been revising and upgrading its strategies of weaning  human being from God their creator.

Serpent in the narrative stood for Lucifer, Satan or devil. From all indications, I believe it is only the knowledge of creating living and non-living things that God did neither show nor  divulge to him. Assuming he had the knowledge, he could have  started creating  his own supporters or servants to support his fight against God.  Of course, it would have been a mere illusion for him to have thought that he was smart not knowing that God was Omniscient and omnipotent. The serpent (Satan) used the extent of its knowledge to deceive or twist the fact of God’s relationship with Adam and Eve and led Eve to achieve negative result. In Genesis 3 :4-5, Satan gave false assurance based on wrong premise that led to the fall of Adam and Eve; “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'”  With the negative consequence of the deception, blame game started among human beings. Adam blamed Eve and Eve also blamed the serpent, as if each of them was blameless. Then the man said, ” the woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate. And the Lord GOD said to the woman, ‘what is it you have done?.’  The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate”. Genesis 3:12-13 (NKJV).

The result of the deception changed the course of history of mankind until today. By it, we still talk of inherited sin from Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. It is by the second Adam (Jesus Christ the Savior) that we are now blessed with salvation through him who paid the debt for our sins. To take full advantage of salvation, we find in John 10:10 (KJV) the pathway to be followed…”The thief cometh  not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Believers have lessons to learn from Paul’s admonition to Timothy. In 1Timothy 1:18-20, we read how the world seduced Hymenaeus and Alexander away from the gospel with attendant negative consequences. We are all enjoined to hold fast on to our faith and never waver. Not all that glitters is gold. Never be a “drive through” believer.

CHRISTMAS: A memorial Name

The anti-Christs do not want to hear the name of Christ less to talk of having any remembrance of Him. It is therefore convenient for them to lay claim on the fact that the memorial name “Christmas” was not mentioned in the bible. However, Christians and anti-Christs who disparage people’s celebration of Christmas failed to realize that any event of significance will continued to be remembered. The birth of our savior as we know about Jesus Christ calls for joy and celebration in spiritual term not glorification of man’s efficient merchandising or commercial nexus not related to the spiritual significance. The business world hijacked the reason for Christmas and really wiped it off. The birth of Christ had been predicted many centuries ago by respected Prophets of God and specifically stressed His mission on earth which He achieved. People who are criticizing date of birth chosen by converted pagans and made Christianity a world religion are merely chasing shadow instead of substance.

Isaiah 7:14 says “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign : Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call His name Immanuel.” Prophet Micah in Chapter 5: 2, he foretold the coming Messiah thus: “But you Bethlehem Ephrata though you are little among  thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to me, The one of the ruler of Israel, whose going forth are from old, from everlasting.” It was Angel Gabriel that gave the good tidings in fulfillment of Isaiah”s prophesy in Isaiah 61:1 where Jesus was to later read to the hearing of the elders during which the Savior outlined His mission. Isaiah 9: 6-7 says “For on to us a child is born , unto us a sign is given: And the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,  Prince of Peace, Of the increase of His government and peace, There will be no end upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgement and justice, From that time forward, even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of host will perform it.”(NKJV)

Thanks goodness no true believer has ever derogated the divine nature of Christ as being above all men. In Matthew 1: 17, we read about the relevance of Christ to the Jews and their ancestral father Abraham: “So the generation from Abraham to David are 14 generations and from the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.” in other words. there were forty-two generations from Abraham to the birth if Jesus Christ. The Messiah was to redeem Israel. On his arrival, He commissioned his disciples to carry the gospel to the uttermost part of the earth. the gospel is still spreading up to today and beyond.

God’s promise of redemption to mankind got fulfilled in the birth of Christ. Matthew 1:16-28 was where bible recorded the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesy. His prophesy was fulfilled in Virgin Mary as recorded in Luke 1: 26-31. So also Zacharias’ prophesy in Zacharia 9: 9-10 was fulfilled in Luke 1: 67-80. The scribes knew that Bethlehem was to be the birthplace of the Messiah and Jesus was born a Bethlehemite. Matthew 2: 4-6. The sign that heralded the arrival of the savior was a new star that appeared in Israel Matthew 2; 1-2 “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying , where is He who have been born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east and have come to worship Him”

Let us look at it that the religious elites or pundits ranging from the Chief Priests, Priests, to the Sanhedrin consisted of Pharisees, Sadducees and Zealots tended to believe that such a great spirit-filled king should come from possibly the Priest cadre or the Sanhedrin. The prophesy had declared the lowly birth of  Jesus especially from Zacharias 9: 9 and at such these cadre of elites found it hard to believe that the coming of the expected messiah could ever be from the rural area and ever to be born “lowly riding a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey”  The Jewish elites sought to wipe out the memories of Jesus missionary work by fiercely prosecuting his disciples and followers to and beyond the time of Paul’s conversion. Paul later became the “MVP” (Most Valuable Player) in the spread of the gospel. It was in pagan Rome that the seed planted in jewish land was watered and nurtured to fruition to become the state religion in the then Roman Empire that subsists up to today as Roman Catholic Church world-wide with possibly the largest followers in the world.

Having said all the foregoing, the Jewish historians would never have deliberately chosen to think of celebrating Jesus’ birthday. So those that venerated Him chose to pick a date to celebrate his birthday.  There is therefore no surprise about stressing the correctness of date. Is it the date that is important or following his teaching that is meant to make them make heaven? It was historical record that proved that Princess Diana belonged to the British nobility with royal ancestry at the time she was to be married to Prince Charles of Wales. Solemnly remembering the birth of Jesus Christ should not stress anyone. it is joy to the world that a savior was born and He fulfilled his ministry. What is important is in following His teaching for eventual salvation of lost souls through Him.

However, if the complaint is on commercializing what ought to be a solemn ceremony, I would join forces with them. The period had been turned into a period for fattening the pocket of business enterprises. All believers should jointly condemn turning spiritual joy into a period of exploiting the populace. such situation tends to drive man away from the spiritual appreciation of what Lord Jesus had come to do and did achieve to ensure that man does not perish as per Romans 6: 23 which states: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord”. To God be the glory of man’s redemption. Take it or leave it. See you at the judgement seat.

Lose Focus and Lose Out

With due respect to the ancestors of human race, Adam and Eve were somehow naive or inexperienced when it came to preempting the beguiling serpent. The bible narrated their expulsion from the Garden of Eden Genesis 3:  22-23. With this precedence of losing focus and losing precious opportunity that the Hebrews knew very well, there should be no excuse for them (The children of Israel) to have to forget or abandon the God of their forefathers. The Almighty that got them released from bondage did not tell them that HE would stop supporting them. The release was done in consequence of 10 different afflictions on the Egyptians as recorded in Exodus Chapters 7-12.

Human nature being weak and at times weird by the way in which they always forget to learn from past experiences, continued to be amazing. The miraculous parting of the Red Sea into two for the Hebrews to pass through amidst fear and trembling while same Red Sea swallowed the Egyptian hosts and their King was enough to teach them that their God was awesome and sovereign. Moses was a vessel of honor to God, with or without him God was enough to solve the problems confronting them. With this in mind, Moses went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Code of Conduct (10 commandments) meant to set before them standard of behavior that would endear them to their God. Instead of recalling the goodness of the Lord throughout their life in bondage and in the ongoing wilderness experiences, they lost focus on their God. Rather than waiting patiently for Moses to return from his appointment with God on Mt. Sinai, they mounted pressure on Aaron to create a golden calf to represent their God that delivered them from bondage in Egypt. Surprisingly, Aaron of all people, lost focus by acceding to the people’s request to turn away from God that loved them so much. Were it not Moses who stood in the gap for them, God could have wiped them out in his annoyance over his people’s stiff-necked disobedience. Exodus 32: 11-14.

Without trying to be vulgar, there was a man driving on a busy city road in Lagos, Nigeria and happened to sight a lady fit to be described as a paragon of beauty. He was  carried away by what he saw and instantly lost focus. Instead of concentrating on the road, he drifted off the road and smashed his car against a concrete slab with protruding  reinforcement rods. The rods pierced the front of his car and his body. He paid dearly with his life because of losing focus. It has always been so throughout the ages. From biblical example, Judges 13:15, Samson the anointed one to deliver the Jews from the constant ravaging of the Philistines started well as a Nazarite with divine power meant for crushing the enemies of the Jews. His choice of women to love choked him. Delilah’s love so overwhelmed him that he released to her the secret of his superhuman power. It led to his capture and torment. His eyes were plucked out. However, God never loses focus of what he has ordained, in that while in captivity his source of power rejuvenated and as the hair were growing he prayed penitently and fervently to God to avenge his captivity. Words of God once spoken never returned to him void. This is why God granted his prayer that agreed with his mission on earth Judges 16: 28-30. We see in Verse 28 that says: And Samson called on to the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines of my two eyes”. Samson still fulfilled his mission but not in the most glorious manner. Great personalities that lost focus and consequently lost out was King Solomon. He was the one who did not do well before God and made God to ensure that the ten-tribe Northern kingdom was excised out of the twelve tribes under King David though not during Solomon’s reign. God actually remembered David’s total submission to His Holy will and shifted the break away to Rehoboam’s reign.

Fear of Man # Two

 Sin blindfolds man from beholding the glory of God

Sin blindfolds man from beholding the glory of God

In the scale of preference Abraham stood at the positive end of assumed continuum while Lot (a nephew) preferred the negative end of it. Abraham was spiritual and therefore righteous while Lot chose to flow along with worldliness. After he survived destruction in Sodom, he escaped to the mountains. He and his two daughters dwelt in a cave for the “fear of man” in the city of Zoar, Gen.19: 20 “Then Lot went out of Zoar and dwelt in the mountain and his two daughters were with him, for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar. He and his two daughters dwelt in a cave”. They severed all interactions with people. Their fear exposed them to temptation and they failed God’s expectation of them.

Were they to have remained in Zoar, Lot’s daughters would have gotten men to marry them. The daughters feared breaching Hebrew law of preservation of father’s lineage. All things considered, fear made  them end up in committing the first incestuous sin ever. This is to show us that Satan has always used fear to knock off the bottom from mankind and thus make them vulnerable to sinning and falling short of God’s glory Roman’s 3: 23. Fear of what the Jewish leaders would do to the disciples made them desert Jesus at a time they were expected to remain steadfast in the Lord. Even Peter denied Him three times before the cock crowed. May the good Lord deliver us from the “Fear of Man”.