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9TH COMMANDMENT: EXODUS 20:16 ‘DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR’

June 21, 2010

EXODUS 20:16 “Exodus 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

INTRO: the 9th command is the last in the series that protects our rights – our life, our family, our property, our reputation.

1)      WHAT DOES THIS COMMANDMENT TEACH ME ABOUT GOD?

  1. HE IS TRUTH AND IN HIM IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL – NUMBERS 23:19 “GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD LIE…”
  2. GOD IS A PROMISE KEEPER

2)      WHY DOES GOD GIVE US THIS COMMANDMENT?

  1. TO REFLECT HIS CHARACTER
  2. GOD HATES LYING “LYING IS AN ABOMINATION”…PROV. 6:16-19
  3. LYING IS INCONSISTENT W/ BEING A BELIEVER – COL 3:9
  4. LYING IS HARMFUL LIKE A WEAPON OF WAR – PROV. 25:18

3)      WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ARE THE WAYS OF  LYING?

  1. OUTRIGHT LIES
  2. DECEIT

                                                              i.      HALF TRUTHS

                                                            ii.      MISLEADING TRUTH..ILLUST: SAILOR “DID NOT WORK TODAY”   ABOUT CAPTAIN “DID NOT GET DRUNK TODAY”

                                                          iii.      FEAR OF MAN LEADS TO FLATTERY OR ‘INDEFFERNT/INACTIVITY’ WHICH IS A FORM OF LYING.

                                                          iv.      CHANGING OF SUBJECT

                                                            v.      DISTORTION OF INFORMATION

                                                          vi.      ‘JOKING’ – SEE PROV. 26:18,19 ‘…WAS I NOT JOKING?’

  1. SLANDER  – The same word signifies both a slanderer and a devil. 1 Tim 3: 11. ‘Not slanderers;’ in the Greek, ‘not devils.’ Some think it is no great matter, to misrepresent and slander others; but it is to act the part of a devil.
  2. GOSSIP
  3. FALSE DOCTRINE/FALSE TEACHERS –
  4. EXCHANGING WORSHIP OF CREATOR FOR LOVE OF CREATION, AKA IDOLATRY – ROM. 1:24,25 ‘THEY EXCHANGED THE TRUTH OF GOD FOR A LIE AND WORSHIPPED AND SERVED THE CREATURE RATHER THAN THE CREATOR.’

4)      WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THERE ARE LIES?

  1. WE BECOME LIKE SATAN  THE FATHER OF LIES
  2. WE DESTROY TRUST, AND HENCE THE BASIS FOR ANY RELATIONSHIP: PERSONAL, SOCIETAL, BUSINESS, ETC
  3. WE LOSE KNOWLEDGE AND THE PURSUIT OF IT BEC IT BECOMES MORE ABOUT POWER OR AN AGENDA THAN TRUTH/KNOWLEDGE
  4. LOVE DIES OR IS DIMINSHED BEC OF NO TRUST
  5. THE CHURCH IS SEEN AS IRRELEVANT
  6. THE WORSHIP OF GOD IS ECLIPSED – ‘WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH’

5)      IS IT EVER OK TO LIE?

  1. SITUATIONAL EXAMPLES

                                                              i.      NAZI – HIDDEN JEWS.

  1. BIBLICAL EXAMPLES

                                                              i.      RAHAB THE HARLOT

                                                            ii.      EGYPTIAN MIDWIVES

                                                          iii.      ARGUMENT IS BUILT ON ‘WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?” DOES THIS PERSON HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW?

  1. INSTEAD OF LOOKING TO FALLEN HUMAN BEINGS AS EXAMPLES, WHERE DO WE LOOK FIRST? TO CHRIST, OUR LORD AND LEADER

                                                              i.      CHRIST IS ‘THE AMEN, (TRULY) THE FAITFUL AND TRUE WITNESS.” REV 3:14

                                                            ii.      WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; (1Pe 2:22 NAU)

  1. FURTHER INSTRUCTION

                                                              i.      A ‘NECESSARY LIE’ HOLDS THE PRESUPPOSITIOIN THAT GOD ALWAYS WANTS US TO REMAIN SAFE

  1. REMEMBER SUFFERING IS NOT AT ODDS W/ OUR CALLING
  2. YOU ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S SIN AGAINST ANOTHER PERSON.

                                                            ii.      RAHAB COMMENDED ON RECEIVING THE SPIES, NOT FOR HER LIE

                                                          iii.      THE MIDWIVES AND RAHAB ARE YOUNG IN THEIR GROWTH AND IT WAS AN IMPERFECT EXPRESSION OF FAITH…EXAMPLE: YOU AND ME-HAVE YOU EVER DONE ANYTHING FULLY FREE FROM ALL SIN AND WRONG MOTIVES? NO, BUT DOES GOD SEE THE FAITH UNDERNEATH? YES!! THANK GOD FOR GRACE/MERCY!!! SAME W/ RAHAB AND SPIES!!

                                                          iv.      SO WHAT THEN? EITHER SPEAK THE TRUTH OR YOU CAN REMAIN SILENT – SEE 1 PETER 2:21-23 FOR THIS. CHRIST WHEN THREATED DID NOT RETURN THREATS, WHEN HE SUFFERED…BUT TRUSTED HIMSELF TO THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE!!!

6)      WHAT DOES THIS COMMANDMENT ENJOIN IN THE POSITIVE?

  1. SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE

                                                              i.      TRUTH

                                                            ii.      IN LOVE

                                                          iii.      ‘IF I DON’T SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE, I HAVE AN AGENDA.’

  1. PROTECT MY NEIGHBORS REPUTATION
  2. UPHOLD REALITY – PROTECT TRUTH

                                                              i.      LISTEN ON OUR WEBSITE MY LECTURE ‘DEATH OF TRUTH IN CULTURE’ AS TO WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE FAIL HERE SOCIETALLY

                                                            ii.      LISTEN TO PEOPLE’S TALK ABOUT FEELING ‘MISPLACED, DON’T UNDERSTAND THEIR PURPOSE’…CF. SUCCESS OF ‘PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE’

                                                          iii.      CF. TO RISE IN FANTASY IN GAMES, BOOKS, COMICS, ETC

  1. BE A PROMISE KEEPER

                                                              i.      The good man is one who “swears to his own hurt, and does not change,” Ps. 15:4

                                                            ii.      CF YOUNGER GENERATION – WILL NOT COMMIT TO ANYTHING, WILL WAIT TO SEE IF ‘SOMETHING BETTER COMES ALONG.’

                                                          iii.      LET YOUR YES BE YES AND YOUR NO BE NO, ANYTHING OTHER THAN THESE IS EVIL.

7)      HOW DOES CHRIST FULFILL THIS COMMANDMENT?

  1. HE IS THE EMODIEMENT OF TRUTH
  2. HE IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE…’  – JOHN 14:6
  3. HE ALWAYS WAS TRUTHFUL AND OBEYED WHERE I FAILED
  4. HE WAS PUNISHED AS IF HE WAS A LIAR, WHO TOLD MY LIES

8)      HOW DOES IT CHANGE ME?

  1. RE: WHO GOD IS

                                                              i.      IF HE SAYS SOMETHING, PROMISES…YOU CAN TRUST HIM, BEC GOD CANNOT LIE! WHY? BEC HE IS THE TRUTH

  1. ‘ALL THINGS WORK FOR GOOD’
  2. ‘I WILL NEVER LEAVE OR FORSAKE YOU’
  3. ‘CALL UPON ME IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE, AND I WILL ANSWER YOU.’
  4. ‘WHOEVER CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED’
    1. BELIEVERS – ASSURANCE
    2. UNBELIEVERS – GOSPEL, LOVING INVITE AND ACCEPTANCE
  5. SEEK TO BE FILLED W/ THE SPIRIT – JOHN 14:16-17..THE SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
  6. WE CAN ONLY BE SANCTIFIED BY THE TRUTH – JOHN 17:17
  7. EPH. 4:25 – Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

                                                              i.      PUT OFF – MOTIVES/DESIRES FOR LYING

                                                            ii.      RENEW – MOTIVES/DESIRES FOR TRUTH

                                                          iii.      PUT ON – MOTIVES/DESIRES FOR TRUTH

  1. “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8).
  2. “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).  SPEAKING TRUTH W/OUT LOVE FAILS TO BE LOVE BUT IS INSTEAD HAS A HIDDEN AGENDA
  3. PRAY – “keep falsehood and lies far from me” (Prov 30:7-8)
  4. CHURCH MEMBERSHIP – IF WE DO NOT CLEAN THE ROLES OF VACANT ‘MEMBERS’, THEN WE ARE LYING

                                                              i.      BY SAYING THEY ARE OK W/ GOD EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE NOT WALKING/SEEKING HIM

                                                            ii.      BY SAYING WE LOVE PURITY AND DEVOTION TO GOD

                                                          iii.      BY SAYING THAT GOD DOES NOT HOLD ANYONE ACCOUNTABLE FOR HOW THEY LIVE

  1. AS FOR GOSPEL WITNESS, TO ACT AS IF SINNERS ARE OK W/ GOD AND NOT LOVINGLY CONFRONT THEM W/ THEIR SIN, IS TO LIE TO THEM ABOUT GOD
  2. IF YOU HAVE LIED IN ANY WAY, YOU NEED TO MAKE RESTITUTION W/ THEM AND THE LORD.
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