I’m going to write about something that may startle you, but it was on my heart this morning. Have you ever thought about all the men and women in the Bible who lied? Ever read in the scriptures how HaShem blessed several of them for lying or partially telling the truth? Oh I know you are probably thinking there is no way.
First let’s look at the Hebrew word for lie and liar and that word is kazab. Besides lying, it also means to fail, ruin, and disappoint. This should make more sense as you read.
We fleshly folks have been lying since the beginning of time. “Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 NIV. Cain knew exactly where his brother was. He had taken his very life.
Sometimes we tell lies and don’t realize why or even that we have lied. Other times, we try and cover our mistakes or we exaggerate a story to make it seem greater. Sometimes we lie about the smallest most insignificant things and don’t even notice. Most of us have lied about how fast we drive or how many times a person called us or how much we paid for an item. Sometimes we lie to test people. I told someone once that I paid a hundred dollars for an item I paid a hundred and fifty for. The Holy Ruach Spirit quickened me and said, “Tekoa you just lied.” I said, “Father you are right. Why did I do that?” Did it hurt anyone? No–not really, but I think if we were all honest, we can remember a time or two when we said something that was not the complete truth.
Maybe you have lied to a spouse in order to not hurt them or to a parent to protect them or even to a child. I received a text the other day from someone who I have spent a lot of time with lately, as we conversed back and forth, I told her I had to go and she said, “I miss you” I went to text “I miss you too” and thought that is a lie, I don’t and erased the text. I then wrote, “Hope to see you soon” but instantly I realized that too was a lie. I pondered how to respond and finally said, “I hope you have a wonderful day.” I meant that. Have you ever told someone their baby was beautiful and secretly you thought it looked like an alien? Oh come on admit it, we lie!
Have you ever exaggerated the truth? Abraham, told Abimelech, the king, that Sarah was his sister. It was a half-truth. Say, “Half-truth.” How many of you can honestly say you’ve never told a half-truth? So the Bible says that Abimelech sent and took Sarah into his dwelling place. HaShem comes to this king in the night and tells him he is a dead man because he has taken a man’s wife. Wow, he didn’t know that Sarah was Abraham’s wife. So Yahweh tells him I know you did this unintentionally, and so I have kept thee from touching her. Now here is the kicker, “Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine. Genesis 20:7 NASB.
God calls Abraham who lied a prophet and tells this king to have Abraham pray for him so he will live! Things that make you go hmmm.
I was thinking about the Egyptian midwives in Exodus, as well. They lied to Pharaoh when he told them to kill all the male Hebrew children and said to him, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women,” the midwives replied. “They are more vigorous and have their babies so quickly that we cannot get there in time.” Exodus 1:19 NLT. As we read on, it tells how HaShem dealt well with the Egyptian mid-wives because they feared Him and it says that he made them houses to live in! What? Yes he blessed them for lying.
So how does one know when to lie? I pondered this subject and thought about how many people have been martyred for the gospel because they would not renounce Jesus/ Yeshua as their Lord and Savior. They would not lie. I too, hope if I were presented with such a scenario, that I would stand strong and never renounce my King! I have read Peter boast of dying for his Lord and then read a few verses later how he denied him publicly. PETER THOUGHT HE KNEW HIS OWN HEART; sometimes we do too. Consequently, as I am reading these stories, I see that they all had something in common, they feared man or they feared Yahweh. Yes, that’s why they lied. There was one woman who lied because she feared God and she was a harlot.
Yes Rahab, the harlot. The history of Rahab briefly is this: The Israelites after wandering 40 years in the desert are ready to conquer the land HaShem promised them. Joshua sends two spies to Jericho to spy out the land.
The spies entered the city and made their way to the house of Rahab, a prostitute, who lived on the wall of the city. Their presence in the city and their entrance into Rahab’s house were noticed, and the police were sent to capture them. Rahab admitted that they had been there, but that they had already left and were headed for the River Jordan, where, if soldiers were immediately sent, they could be captured. But she lied. She had hidden the spies on the roof of her house under some flax. Now after she lies about the spies, she and her household are saved. They were the only family saved. The rest were killed. Rahab told them she had heard about their God who had parted the Red Sea, and she said our hearts faint because of Him. She feared YAH and so He blessed her and her household. She is listed in the book of Hebrews as a hero of faith!
I found many people in the Bible who lied. David once acted like he was mad– insane even. This scripture comes to mind, “I said in my haste, All men are liars” Psalm 116:11 KJV. “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; Romans 3:4 KJV.
Our youth are looking for something TRUE, transparent–something real, not plastic–not silicone–not fake. An Astroturf religion will not bring them into the kingdom. Churchy clothes and a nice message isn’t enough today. They need real people. I laid hands on a lady and prayed for her. The Lord Adonai set her free of drug addiction. This lady began to fall under the power of His Ruach Holy Spirit and I caught her by the arm. She looked up at me and said, “Oh sh**t!” Then she said “I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to say that word in church.” She looked horrified. I said, “honey it’s okay, the Bible has all kinds of curse words in it– bastard, piss, whore, even Yeshua refers to King Herod as an ole fox–Oh my! Sometimes we try to be so holy we alienate people. Sometimes we act different around church folk, then we do at home or in public, and sometimes we lie. Yes, we are flesh– a flower fading, here today and gone tomorrow. It’s time to preach the truth and be transparent.
Abba Father forgive us for the fear of man. Father forgive us for exaggerating the truth to make us look better. Forgive us for not fearing you enough! Help us be able to check our conscious and be aware of every word we speak and how it might affect another. Help us to stop speaking half- truths .