[CF Devotionals] 2010-11-07 - The Ninth Commandment

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 51
Ninth Commandment ~ Introduction

Study Outline

Exodus 20:16 You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. (NIV)

A Nation of Priests, A Holy People

You Shall Not Give False Testimony (vs. 16)

  1. The Call to Honesty
  2. What Are the Dangers of Lying?
  3. How do We Really Practice True Honesty

The Shepherd-Boy and the Wolf

A Shepherd-Boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf!" and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-Boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: "Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep"; but no one paid any heed to his cries, nor rendered any assistance. The Wolf, having no cause of fear, at his leisure lacerated or destroyed the whole flock.

There is no believing a liar, even when he speaks the truth.

We live is a society where the lie no longer exists. This is especially true in the advertising industry. Advertisers are not allowed to lie when they hawk their products. So they have developed outstanding skills at creative truth-telling.

Phrases such as "no fat" are meant to imply a food product is healthy for you. The word "natural" is used the same way. But just check out the calories on some of the so-called "health foods."

The abortionist doesn't take the life of a baby. He simply removes an unviable tissue mass. Sin isn't sin. It is an alternate life style, or an enlightened view of human rights. And certainly we all know that there is no such thing as absolute truth. We can all have our own truths, and where yours contradicts mine … that's fine.

If there is no absolute truth, then there can be no lies. Of course the plethora of lawyers, especially contract specialists, tells us that somebody must have a real problem with telling the truth.

Frequently those who are in office seem to have no concern with truth, only protecting their own interests. And if there is no evidence … "Quick, shred the records." … then there are no facts. Which brings us to revisionism in the study of history. If we rewrite history, then we rewrite truth.

What are lies? They are the contradictions of truth. And bottom line, lies then are any teachings, words, or even actions that would deny the truths found in scriptures. If we are not to lie, then we must tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, but then again …

  1. Books for the Ages, Aesop. Aesop's Fables, AGES Software, Albany, OR. Version 2.0, 1996, 1997.

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