“Shemaiah is preaching lies to you. I didn’t send him. He is seducing you into believing lies.” Jeremiah 29:31 (The Message Bible)
Shemaiah lied. The last time I remember telling a bold-faced lie was when I was around seven-years old. Since that time, I am certain I have told “little white lies” or “twisted the truth” to make myself look better or to cover my hide. I know better, as there are no excuses for lying. God doesn’t rate lies by categories: A lie is a lie.
In my old copy of Cruden’s Complete Concordance (Zondervan 1968), I learned that the words “lie, lies, or lied” appeared around a hundred times in the Bible. That’s proof enough to me that God strongly frowns on those who lie. When I lied as a child, I was punished and learned that no lie was worth the wrath of my mother.
Today, we don’t know who to believe—athletes that say they never “doped”, politicians and movie stars who deny they cheated on their spouse, or pastors and priests who swear on a Bible that they never molested a child! Wouldn’t it be easier for all liars to take the fall, ask for forgiveness, and change their behavior so that they never need to face the wrath of God because they were too weak in spirit to tell the truth?
Dear Lord, remind us that you know the difference between a lie and the truth. Amen.