None of them would own up to it. So the father decided to make this a teaching moment. He reminded them of George Washington's father who asked his son, George, if he had cut the cherry tree down. George said that he could not tell a lie and said that he had cut the tree down. His father forgive him because he told the truth.
Finally one of the boys fessed up, "I did it. I can't tell a lie either. I am sorry."
The father quickly grabbed the boy up and took him to the woodshed and gave it to him.
After his whipping, the son asked, "Why did you whip me. George's father forgave him."
The father said, "I understand, but George's father wasn't in the cherry tree when he cut it down."
What is the point?
Truth is the best policy. Doing what it right always pays even if you have to take the punishment. So many today are taking shortcuts to a bad end. Truth eventually surfaces. No one is getting by with anything.
The worse thing that can happen with sin is for it to stay covered and not be found out until it is dwelt with when one stands before God. Then it will be too late.