2015-09-06 - The Ninth Commandment
“Positive” Side of the Ninth Commandment
Notice, as we might expect, the call is not only against lying, but also a requirement 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, pointing out this same principle.
“O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved” (Psalms 15:1–5 ESV).
Note: 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, and 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 that we can’t. Those whose walk is represented by a life of lies, cannot be of the saved.
“If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6 ESV).
It is important to note the operative word is “walk”. This doesn't mean if we ever lie we are lost. It means the one whose life is typified by lies, had better check their relationship with God. 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 but 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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