I have oft wrestled with the same question – not just about Moses, but also about so many other Bible characters, figures in history, modern-day evildoers, and even myself.
We live in a world of cause and effect, and our choices (both good and bad) always come with consequences. But those consequences aren’t always consistent. Two people can commit the same sin and experience two very different results. Sin and the fallen world it has produced are chaotic, unpredictable, and unfair. That’s part of sin’s curse.
There is some irony to the fact that a man who seemingly got away with murder is the one who said, “Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). Yes, that statement was made in regard to a specific command. However, it holds a general principle as well – our sins do find us out. The problem is that our sins do not always find us out in the same way or within the same time frame. Paul acknowledged, “The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later” (1 Timothy 5:24).
Some believe that if consequences are not immediate or visible, then they have “gotten away” with something. The truth is that some of sin’s greatest consequences often go undetected. They include the insecurity of a guilty conscience (Hebrews 9:14), a mind clouded by darkness (Matthew 5:22-23), a heart slowly calloused by sin (Matthew 13:15), and fear of sin’s ultimate consequence – death (Hebrews 2:15).
The good news is that Jesus took on the full weight of all of our sin’s consequences so that we don’t have to (Hebrews 9:13). And for the unrepentant, God continues to delay the consequence of judgment out of a desire for all to be saved (2 Peter 3:9).
Sin has touched all of us, and while consequences sometimes differ, none of us have escaped its effects. We have already been found out. Thank God, though, that His Son paid the ultimate price for our sins. We still live in a world full of sin’s aftermath, but we no longer have to live in fear of it. Jesus can redeem our mind, our body, and our soul if we just let him.
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