Don’t Lie

Ten Commandments

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

Matthew Henry Commentary:

The ninth commandment concerns our own and our neighbor’s good name. This forbids speaking falsely on any matter, lying, equivocating, and any way devising or designing to deceive our neighbor. Speaking unjustly against our neighbor, to hurt his reputation. Bearing false witness against him, or in common conversation slandering, backbiting, and tale-bearing; making what is done amiss, worse than it is, and in any way endeavoring to raise our reputation upon the ruin of our neighbor’s. How much this command is every day broken among persons of all ranks!

After reading this commandment and then the commentary, I can’t help but be reminded of what is spoken of Satan‘s character:

Satan (Hebrew: הַשָׂטָן ha-Satan (“the accuser”); Persian “sheytân“; Arabic: الشيطان ash-Shayṭān (“the adversary”) – both from the Semitic root: ŚN) is an embodiment of antagonism that originates from the Abrahamic religions, being traditionally considered a “fallen” angel in Judeo-Christian belief, and a Jinn in Islamic belief. Originally, the term was used as a title for various entities that challenged the religious faith of humans in the Hebrew Bible.[citation needed] Since then, the Abrahamic religions have used “Satan” as a name for the Devil.[1]

Zechariah 3

1 Then he showed me Joshua [a] the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan [b] standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

Revelation 12

10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

Job 1

8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

1 John 2

3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love[b] is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

7Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him[c] to make him stumble. 11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.[d] 21I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

2 John 1

6And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

7Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.

Ephesians 2

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

John 8

44You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Now, looking at Satan’s name and it meaning being the “accuser”, we can see the foundation of this commandment.  If being a false witness or liar or accuser of the children of God or anyone else for that matter; how is that identifying you with  God the Father? John 8:44 states that we would belong to our father the devil if we don’t submit to the truth.  It tells us that his native language is a lie and calls him the father of lies.  So if we lie, what does it say about our adoption?  What does it say about our LORD? Scriptures says that we would belong to the devil himself.  Of course we have white lies, but a lie is still a lie to GOD.  Our degrees of sin have no meaning and carrying no weight before the throne of judgment where God sits.  I know its scary to think about God’s Law and how solid it is because it leaves no room for error or a gray area to get over.  Our lies hurt people and they have no love in them.  Lies show the very selfishness of a heart. When we lie, our own safety, well being, comfort, happiness, security and any other word you can think of.  When we lie, we show hatred to everyone that is hurt by it.

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