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Deceit and Judgement


A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will perish.
Proverbs 19:5,9

One of the many negative things that can be attributed to postmodernism is that it paved the way for deceit to spread like fire in dry grass. Today it is difficult to determine when a man is telling the truth or is spreading a lie. Many now emulate the satanic Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister of the Nazi government who said “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” This seems to be the fundamental communication strategy of totalitarian governments, which seek to maintain with lies the power achieved by force and cunning, and unfortunately for many with great success. Today we can also see how people have lost their honor and how a man’s word is worthless. Commitments are broken and testimony under oath is broken without the slightest trace of remorse. Judicial mechanisms in place to punish these violations of commitment and truth are ignored at the convenience of those in power.

The promise of the Word of God which can not be broken and will be fulfilled without fail, is that all these people who enjoy and profit from using deceit and falsehood will be brought to the punishment they deserve. Divine justice will be ruthless in judging those who made a business of lying to their own advantage. In that day, it will be too late for these deceivers to repent of the conduct with which for years they did great harm to their neighbors. Their fate will be to be thrown into the place where “their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” Have you been deceived or cheated by someone in whom you’ve placed your trust? Let God take care of him. Have you been hurt by deceit used with prejudice? God will also take care of that. Let us put our hope in the justice who is to come without fail when God decides it is time. Let us bring our burdens to the Lord Jesus and take his yoke which is easy and light. Only to God be the glory!

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Voice of the Shepherd


let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
Proverbs 1:12

Many people consider that stealing and killing are the only serious sins. Every other sin is, according to them, something to which God gives little importance. When reminded that we are all sinners and need Jesus Christ, they typically respond, “I’ve never done anything wrong.” Of course, they mean they have never killed anyone or have never robbed a bank. These people would be horrified if someone comes to propose to them to kill somebody . They would also be shocked if someone invites them to participate in a bank robbery. Any other opportunity to do something wrong would not be considered as something reprehensible and they would be willing to participate without worrying much about what God thinks about it. That is why we are so naive when we accept the invitations from the world to do something that does not please God. These invitations are usually adorned and sweetened with false promises of fun, entertainment, satisfaction, fame, power, sex appeal, happiness, wealth, success and things like that. When people receive these invitations they seldom stop to consider whether what they are about to do pleases God or not. That is why the world is in the state it is.

The only voice to which we must pay attention and obedience is the voice of our shepherd and master, Jesus Christ. Like sheep of the flock that the good shepherd grazes and for which he has given his life,  when he goes on ahead of us, we follow him because we recognize his voice. The world does not want us to follow our shepherd but to be attacked by the wolf and to be scattered. The only way to be safe is by keeping ourselves within the herd, attentive to the voice of our shepherd. If we get distracted by listening to the false promises of the world we are in grave danger of going astray. Let us keep ourselves, then, receiving guidance from our teacher every morning as we come to him through reading his word and prayer. If we follow his daily instructions we shall be able to discern the deceptions and traps that the world tends to our feet to make us stumble and fall. Only with the help of Jesus Christ we can do it. To God alone be the glory!

Lies


A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
Proverbs 19:5

There was a time when people thought very seriously and carefully before daring to tell a lie. The sense of honor and decency would trump any consideration in favor of deception. In social groups that practice the system of good faith, telling a lie, however small it may seem, has serious consequences for he who tells it for he can no longer function under that system. In social groups where there is not a presumption of good faith, typical of Latin cultures, the only way to prove something is through the presentation of documents that are registered , notarized, certified, apostilled, endorsed, validated, approved, in quadruplicate and so on and so forth. Deception attacks the foundations of good faith and when successful everyone ends up living in insecurity and suspicion. Nothing is reliable anymore and uncertainty takes hold of our lives because we do not find whom to believe.

Fortunately, God took the initiative to establish a way for us to find someone to trust. He made truth himself come to earth to occupy the place that deceit had conquered through the wiles of Satan. The apostle John puts it this way: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Every effort we make to establish or preserve the truth brings us closer to our Lord Jesus Christ, who was revealed to the world as truth himself. To the concerns Pilate expressed while questioning the Lord Jesus, before sending him to the crucifixion, the Master replied: “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Pilate, as the good Latin man he was, answered with another question, typical of those who do not know the truth because they have never cared to make use of it: “What is truth?” Dear reader, if you want to know what truth is just direct your gaze to the face of the Lord Jesus and you will have the only answer to the eternal and universal question for he is the way, and the truth, and the life. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 30, 2011


»Two things I ask of you, LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
Proverbs 30:7-9

Little has been written about the identity of the oracle called Agur, son of Jakeh. As far as I’m concerned, it is King Solomon himself under a pseudonym, communicating more of the wisdom that God gave him. In any case, the important thing is that this portion is also part of the word of God and as such is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” I draw much attention to the analogy or parallelism used here between the falsehood and lies and the two ends of a financial situation. As in all things, the extremes have always been inconvenient, dangerous and bad counselors. Not only financially but in everything we should strive for equilibrium or balance, mainly because balance seeks to harness and combine the best of the two ends to find a “win-win” solution, whereas in extremism one end strengthens its position at the expense of the other end and there is always someone who wins and someone who loses.

The consequences of finding ourselves on either end are catastrophic. Extreme poverty creates the risk of us putting aside our faith in God and becoming wrongdoers because of despair. At the other end, wealth increases the chances that we ignore God and put our hope in riches, something that we have been warned against. As we can see, both sides threaten and undermine our relationship with God, which is unacceptable. Let us always seek to carry out the will of God and not ours. In the case of personal finances, the balance is that we have only our daily bread and not wealth or poverty. Is not this what our Lord Jesus taught us when He gave us the model prayer par excellence, the Lord’s Prayer? Only to God be the glory!