“Don’t listen to the sermons of the prophets. It’s all hot air. Lies, lies, and more lies. They make it all up. Not a word they speak comes from me.” Jeremiah 23:16
Enraged and disappointed in the lies being told by prophets, God’s enlisted Jeremiah to tell them they were headed for trouble. God said, “Have any of these prophets bothered to meet with me, the true God?” (vs. 18). He assured Jeremiah he would have sent them off preaching the true message and saved the Israelites from lies that led them astray.
Today’s message is more about the harm done to the innocent people who believed the lies of the prophets than about the foolish preachers and teachers. Being a victim of a lie is a large pill to swallow and leaves one feeling foolish and gullible. I think of the the statement, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Kids say, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” Disney created Pinocchio, whose nose grew when he lied. It’s too bad we don’t have something so obvious as pants on fire or a long nose to indicate when someone is lying to us. It becomes a habit for some people some people talk just to hear their own voice and exaggerate or lie. I They become good at it, and when lies are repeated enough, they become the truth—to the liars.
Dear Lord, help us feel fire in our pants or a twinge of our nose when we think a lie is better than the truth. Amen.