Numbers 32 has a verse that may be the source of a very popular saying. My mother used to quote it to me when I was young. I didn’t realize she was quoting the Bible. I’m not sure she realized it! But whenever I got caught for anything she would quote Numbers 32:23. When I skipped school, I got caught. When I stole a candy bar at the corner store, I got caught. When I used my sister’s record player without her permission I got caught. And my mother would always say, “You may be sure that your sin will find you out.”

Moses tells the two tribes who want land east of the Jordan that they must fulfill their promise to cross over the Jordan and fight alongside their brothers until they conquer the land. 32:23 says, “But if you fail to keep your word, they you will have sinned against the Lord and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.”

Yep, that’s the way it goes. My Mom was right. Our sins always find us out.