2010-11-21 - The Importance of
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 53
Ninth Commandment ~ Part 2
Additional Biblical Texts Related to the Importance of Honesty
In spite of the intent of the letter of the commandment, I don't feel it
is going far a field to understand this as a prohibition against lying in
general. Certainly much of Scripture speaks to the necessity of speaking
the truth in situations not limited to just the judicial.
Some examples include:
"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those
who deal faithfully are His delight" (Proverbs 12:22).
"Therefore laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one
of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one another" (Ephesians
Notice, as we might expect, that the call is not only against lying - but
also to speak the truth. Although some even abuse this, but we'll talk of
this in a moment. Let's take a look at the Psalm of David, speaking to this
"Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on
your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who
does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellow man, who despises
a vile man, but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when
it hurts, who lends his money without usury, and does not accept a bribe
against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken" (Psalm
Note that the focus here is a heart of truth. As with all things, it is the
inward condition that must change first. Only this will change the outward
actions. As with all the commandments, the bottom line is the call to holiness.
If our walk is righteous, in tune with the will of the Father, then our actions
will demonstrate this.
How can we claim to follow the God of Truth, and Christ, who is the Truth,
and at the same time live a life typified by lies? The bottom line is: we
Those who's walk is represented by a life of lies can not be of the saved.
"If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the
darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth" (1 John 1:6). It is
important to note that the operative word here is walk. This doesn't mean
if we ever lie, we are lost. It means the one whose life is one of lies -
If, on one hand, Christ is the Truth, and therefore we must follow Him in
truth, we must also remember it is Satan who is called the father of lies.
When we lie, we are following after him, and those whose life is one of lies
are of their father the Devil.
It is because we serve the God of truth, that of all sins, lying seems especially
heinous - and also one we therefore fall into the most easily. The fallen
nature of man seems to lead directly to "a lying tongue."
What are some of the ways that we find ourselves lying? How many times do
we have someone make a statement like, "you know that place up North?" which
we never even heard of. and we say "of course." Why do we do things like
that? Can't it also be considered lying to use gossip, slander, libel or
really even flattery - whether in words or in deeds?
To be continued.
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