Exodus 20: The Ninth Command
Thank you for your love, we thank you that you’ve been so good to us. I pray that now you would open our heart and open our eyes to see the wonders of your gospel. Father, I pray that through a study of what truth and honesty and what is lying is this morning as we study these principles out, that you would open our hearts to them, and I pray that you would make us people of truth and integrity. And I pray that in that way, we would mirror you, God, who sent His Son, Jesus, who was the way, the truth and the life, Lord. So open our mind and our heart, now we pray in your precious name, Amen.
If you’d open your Bibles with me, please, to Exodus chapter 20. Exodus Chapter 20. So you may know, I will be gone for the next two Sundays. My Father, who is not here today, he’s filling in for another church, he’s been preaching there last week and then this week up in Ogden, but he will preach the next two Sundays here in the service.
If you ever need anything during that time, you can talk to your deacon, if you do not know who you’re deacon is, you can come talk to me after the service, and I will make sure you know who you’re deacon is.
I’m obviously still available for emergencies, but the deacons will hopefully be able to take care of any needs you might have during that time, so I’ll be gone, we’re going to Michigan for a little bit of that time for a family kind of vacation with Janae’s family. We’re looking forward to that, and we’re gonna… You are best to stay healthy out there and then come back and enjoy one another, enjoy that time with families. So we are in Exodus Chapter 20, we were on the ninth command today in our worship service, we will do the 10th in a couple of weeks, and then we will pick speed back up in our studies through Exodus, We will probably cover the last half of Exodus 20, as well as 21, 22 and 23 in either one or two Sundays.
But depending on how it goes, so we will pick speed back up, that’s the plan.
We are in verse number 16 here today, the nice command, “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. This is also mostly in your brain, you might have the command translated as, You shall not lie, and that would be an accurate way to think of it, although we’ll talk about the differences of that in a moment. So to begin with, I thought it’d be fun, although maybe a little weird to do the game… Have you ever played the game Two Truths and a Lie in a party?
Okay, I see two head nods, so either yes or you’re tired, so Two Truths and a Lie, I’ll do the game, I’m not gonna put anyone on the spot, I’ve got two sets of three statements, okay.
And it’s your job to raise your hand for which one you think is a lie about me, so I’ll read ’em off. I’ll read them off first and then you can pick which ones you think, which one you think is false… Number one your is the first set of three. The first one is, I have preached a sermon wall on Vicaden.
The second is, my name is Tray, and the third is, I have found in Arrow Head, gave those three.
Which one do you think is false? Raise your hand if you think it’s that I preached a sermon while in Vicaden…
Okay, you think That one false… Second one is My name is Trey you think that one’s false guy.
And then third, I found an arrow head, you think that one’s false.
Okay, you guys are right.
That one’s the false one, I have not found an arrow had yet, I found shippers and things like that, my name is try… It’s what I go by a guys, is something I… Birth certificate name.
But yeah, so let me do the second set of three here I give another try, try to identify which one you think is a lie. Okay, here they are. I was kicked off of my Christian high school basketball team, I shoveled coal as my first job, and I have broken both ankles… Who have you think the first one is the lie. I was kicked off my Christian high school basketball team.
Okay, I got cut… You guys are almost right, but that’s a story for a different time. Second one is, I’ve shoved a shovel. Coal is my first job. You think that’s a lie.
Okay, that’s actually the truth. The lie is the third one, I’ve broken both ankles. Who would have guessed that one? A few of you.
I’ve actually only broken one of my ankles, the other one I’ve just sprained and did other bad things too, so as I studied scripture this week, I read through all of the scriptures that mentioned the word lie, lying, deceive or anything like that.
So I read through all of those and I was stunned with some of the principles that are laid out, so I thought it would be beneficial to just… Maybe for shock factor. Read to you, I’ve got four statements about lying found in scripture that honestly, I think require just a few moments of quiet meditation… I’m not gonna give it to you right now, but it requires a hot cup of tea or Cold Mountain do or coffee or whatever, and just to sit in silence for a few moments and think about these verses… Here’s the first one.
Okay, lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. But those who act faithfully are his delight.
That’s a Proverbs 22. Here’s one from a few verses earlier, Proverbs 12:19, Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
Here’s a third one, this is probably the most shocking to me, not shocking, I guess probably the word would be the one that has caused me to think most… Here’s how it goes, this is Proverbs 25:18 about lying. “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, or a sword or a sharp Arrow.”
How about this? Psalm 7:14-16, here’s how it goes, Behold, the wicked man gives birth to lie, he makes a pit, digging it out and falls into the hole that he has made.
I think each one of these statements would be good for us all to memorize and chew on a little bit and think about and knock around our brain, and we might already know the point of them, but I feel like it needs to impact our souls more so I wanna move toward a biblical definition of what lying is, okay, we’re not gonna be able to give you the full definition here, but I’ve got a few different ideas that I wanna move toward. The first one that I think you need to understand is that biblical truth is more than just factual, it IS Factual is, but it is also more than that if you an example, an illustration all right, Johnny is outside with his friends, okay, he’s a… He’s a, he’s at bat… He’s up to bat- they’re playing baseball or whatever, and he’s up to bat, his parents are inside, the pitcher goes to throw it, John takes the hard-to swing and it goes far just outside the first base line to where his house is, it’s one of the windows breaks the window. His mom comes outside, who broke the window?
Johnny says, I didn’t break the window.
Everybody else says, I didn’t break the window.
She’s like, who broke the window?
I was like, I didn’t.
Eventually, through some conversation, the mom comes to find out, John, He says, well, the baseball broke the window, I didn’t break the window, it’s not like I punched it or pushed it or anything like that, the baseball broke the window, I didn’t… Is that factually accurate? Kind of right.
Is it truthful?
No… See, that’s what I mean, that the truth, biblical truth is factual, but it’s not just factual… In fact, I think I have a confession to make specifically about this from last week sermon, because in the middle of last week’s sermon I brought up in illustration, and I said When I was reading about Augustine last week, something about him that is actually not true about Augustine, it’s true about Martin Luther.
I said That Augustine used to be in the confessional chambers and confessed so much that is priest got tired.
That’s not true about Augustine.
I had mixed the two up, and in the moment I thought, I can’t remember if that’s true of them or not, but I decided to move on. I just decided, You know what, I’m not sure whether it’s true. No, and I make mistakes all the time. You guys have heard me replace Abraham for Moses or Noah, or whatever like that. Probably 100 different times. Okay, so I’m sorry for that, for being inaccurate in what I said It wasn’t Augustine who did that, he struggled with his own anxieties about his sins, and that exhibited themselves in much different ways, but it’s more than just whether or not somebody states the facts. Right, okay. Not only that, but Biblical truth is not just when you have certain facts that back you up or don’t back you up, being truthful and honest, just about having certain facts that back you up, you hear this on politicians are masters of using stats that support their view, and ignoring stats that don’t support their view, right.
You guys know this, and listen, I’ll give you an illustration, this is true of everyone, because some of you may or may not know I’m the basketball nerd, right.
I have been known occasionally to get on an NBA form or two and politely debate about whether or not certain players are better than other players, I don’t argue or bicker, I don’t get into that stuff, but I will discuss… And one of the things that comes up time and time again, if somebody will say something like, Well, that guy, he averaged 25 points a game, you gotta be really good if you’re gonna do that in the NBA.
Right, and so they’ll throw out a that or fact that they think supports their view, but they are ignoring a myriad of other steps, so an example, this is really common actually in the modern NBA, there are some players that average a ton of points, but there’s these awesome stats.
I tell you how good the team is when he’s playing and how good the team is when he’s not playing, they’re called an off splits, so some players who score 25 points a game or are the team is way better when they’re on the bench.
Why is that?
This is an example of… And here’s… Remember this, stats lie, right?
’cause it’s all about how you present the stats is all about what you consider to be the stats, the important stats. They can be really helpful, and you hear this a lot in political debate or arguments or whatever, and you and I do this in personal relationships… Right. Well, three times last week, I cleaned up from dinner.
That might be accurate. Alright, but it might also misrepresent whatever you’re trying to get across, you’re trying to get across that… Yeah, I’m a really hard worker around the house or whatever like that, you might not be accurately representing everything. Okay, so stats can lie… And it’s really important to understand that while they may be facts, they’re part of the truth, often times…
I could go on and on about that. For the basketball illustration, it requires somebody who knows something about basketball to look at the stats and to be able to describe what that means on the court, for somebody who knows about whatever is going on in our economy or with Covid- 19 or whatever like that, it requires somebody who knows what they’re talking about, to be able to understand and interpret those stats, and for you and I in our everyday conversations, it would require an honest discussion and welcoming all the evidence, not only targeting one little piece of evidence that supports your view, so here’s another thing, I’ll just go through this last one real quick, narrative shaping, I’ll give you an illustration for this, okay, Johnny, we’re back to Johnny with a baseball.
Remember John? Okay.
His mom, he finds out it was Johnny who broke the window… Alright, she pulls Johnny aside. She goes to talk to Johnny. Johnny immediately breaks down into tears… What does he do?
I had a really tough day. Timmy was being mean to me. I didn’t get into our game, I didn’t get a hit yet, I was so sad, so… And all the cereal this morning was gone, and I had to eat toast, I fell down and got an outchie my knee, and I swung as hard as I could, just like You taught me while keeping my eye on the ball, then the ball hit the window and I was so sad.
What’s Johnny doing? Little seven-year-old, however they are, their narrative shaping, they’re saying Everything that happened around it, so that it clouds what actually happened and… Seven-year-olds know how to do this by the way. Parents say, mean, we all know how to do this, and husbands and wives know how to do this right, we know how to shape something that’s happening, right, in order to… To make it look like we’re better than we actually are, and this is by the way, the main thing that happens in the media today, whether you’re on one side or the other, whether you’re right or you’re wrong, doesn’t matter, it’s all shaping and oftentimes it’s un-truthful it’s live fact, Stats and narrative can contribute to the truth or to lie, but they do not make truth or a lie that… So I’m gonna run through a few different types here, and we’re gonna work toward what it looks like to be an honest person, a few different types of… Yes, I got five here. We’re gonna whip through them real quick, the first one is in a formal testimony, and actually that’s the context that you see here in Exodus Chapter 20, the word for bear false witness here is a word that is exactly what you would think it’s a witness on the witness stand, who was saying something happened to the judge or the jury when it really did not happen, he’s lying about the events that occurred now, in that day and age, they would have all kinds of mediation and arbitration at the city gates.
It was much more common for them to go and have mediation and arbitration in their daily lives than it is for us, and yet their word as they gave testimony or they gave witness was much more important, it was so important that they would be honest with their word. Now, you and I are about you. I’ve never… Anybody ever testified in a case in here, ’cause I haven’t.
However, I think this word, especially as you move forward to the New Testament, is connected with many other different kinds of lies in stress, interestingly enough, I didn’t notice this when I preached the Mark Series awhile ago, but the actual words that are used of the people who gave a testimony about Jesus when he was on trial and then condemned to death, it’s actually the same words that are used here in Exodus, bearing false witness. They were breaking the Ninth command in order to condemn Jesus.
I didn’t notice that before I did when I was studying this out this week, I thought that was really interesting.
The second way, the second type of lying would be just in more informal conversation. Colossians 3:9 says, Do not lie to one another.
Yeah? That’s pretty to the point. Don’t lie, right.
This includes all kinds of lies in your conversation with others, it includes a commitment you don’t keep, it includes a half-truth to make yourself look better, it includes whatever else in your life, dishonesty, misrepresentation, shading things you’re way, creating a narrative to get your way about something whatever it might be, that’s dishonesty, it’s lying, and it falls under this one, and I wanna make this point ’cause I think it’s really important here.
Okay, I think that this is an ethical question that seems to have come up more in recent time, you cannot sacrifice truth in pursuit of what you think is good…
I don’t care if the ends are good, you can’t lie to get there, that makes you a liar, a sinner and a person without integrity.
The Bible doesn’t really care about the outcome. When truth is sacrificed, it undercuts everything you’re trying for… When it comes to Christianity, especially… Let me give you an example, okay?
You tell your kids to eat their vegetables, you tell your kids eat the broccoli on their plate, right.
And here’s your reasoning, kids eat the broccoli on your plate, or the broccoli monster is gonna come out tonight and is gonna eat all your toys.
Has that ever happened to you kids, the broccoli monster?
See, something like that might work at first, right, but it’s not gonna take very long for your kids to realize that there is no such thing… By the way, kids. There is no such thing as the broccoli monster.
In case you didn’t know that.
See, when they figure out that you were lying about the broccoli monster, this results in two evils that were worse than the first Evil when they didn’t eat their broccoli.
The first thing is that they won’t eat vegetables more in the future, they’ll be more hard-hearted against it, and the second thing is that they won’t trust you, or the motivations you give to do what you say is good.
I mean, this is true, not only with parenting and kids, but it’s true in your relationship with other people, you might try to convince somebody of your point of view, and to do so, you share an article or a fact or a half truth or whatever you wanna say, that is proven to be false.
A lot. What does that do?
It results in two evils, number one, they’re gonna disregard that view all together, and number two, they won’t trust you about the things that really matter in the future, like if you wanna share the Gospel, you cannot lie to achieve what you think will be good.
That is pragmatism. Pragmatism says, I will do whatever I have to to achieve a good result, even if the means are bad, do not let that seep into your Christian life today.
A third one, and I think this is probably the most common one.
And this was a little bit surprising, I guess I was studying it out, these words and languages were actually connected very closely to the ninth commands here, so here it is, lying to yourself. I think lying to yourself breaks the ninth command according to the New Testament.
For example, Romans 1:25, They exchanged the truth of God for a lot, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever. Amen. They’ve embraced a lie and disregarded the truth.
How about this?
First John 1-8, If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
This ninth command, I think is the main way, I think this is broken more often than any other command in our lives, and I think that’s part of the reason why the gospel is given to us.
I think we are constantly telling ourselves lies and then believing it constantly, and then by the way, we propagate those lies to other people, and that corruption spreads to others as well, about like this… I wouldn’t have gotten mad if they didn’t start it… Now, you’re not saying that out loud, but you’re thinking it in your head… They started it.
That’s a lie. It takes two to tango. Right?
God is never going to give me what I ask for. He just doesn’t care. That’s a lie. Cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. He has demonstrated His love, and that, while you were yet sinner, Christ died for you.
That’s a lie. How about this? If I finally get… Fill in the blank. Then I’ll be happy.
98% of Americans lived by that lie, always looking for the next thing.
When I finally get out of high school, then I’ll be happy- when I finally graduate college, then I’ll be happy- when I finally get my own place, then I’ll be happy- when I finally get married, then I’ll be happy- when I finally get kids than I’ll be happy- when I finally get the promotion then I’ll be happy, when I finally get that new house in the country like I’ve always wanted, then I’ll be happy and I could go on and on and on and on, we’re constantly looking for that next thing, and then as soon as we get that next thing… What do we think?
Kinda want the next thing. Now, how about this? I’m a pretty good person.
It’s just a lie. It doesn’t take much.
When you really start to consider the 10 Commandments, how they’re used to see the web of sins in our heart, the tangled web of sins in our hearts, this one… So the one is, I’m a pretty good person, the second that… The other one is, I’m not good enough.
You heard that one? And that was a tricky one, because the deception is not so much the factual statement. ’cause that would be true.
There is none good, no, not one. Right?
It’s not so much the statement, it’s the underlying belief behind it, you are lying by thinking that if you are going to focus on yourself and your failure somehow it’ll make yourself happier, or somebody will affirm me and I’ll feel better.
See, it’s underlying deceptions. And so what happens, and we see this in unfortunately, Christian subculture today, wrong theology crops out, they see and they hear that lie, they know there’s something about that that’s wrong, and so they respond with the opposite and they say, No, you are good enough.
That’s a lie too… It’s a lie one way it’s a lie, another way, you start to see how lies are almost like the air we breathe about this, I’ll never be a healthy again.
You can’t know what the future is gonna hold in your life, and making that statement could be a lie, and not only that, it… On top of that, there’s an underlying lie or deception, you’re telling yourself when you feel mopy, you say, I’ll never be healthy again, you’re thinking, I’ll never be happy again.
God is really clear that he can be your joy, he can give you joy regardless of how your flesh may be failing you, start to see this, you and I lie to ourselves and live by that lie every single day, every day, and then we lie to others about it, and we live in those lies and we act towards others upon the basis of the lies we’re telling ourselves, and so we’re constantly lying about this one, the fourth one that I’ll say is, we lie by hypocrisy, We don’t only lie formally and informally, we don’t only live by lying to ourselves, but we lie by our hypocrisy… This is Proverbs 10:18. Hear this oneThe one who conceals hatred has lying lips.
Boy, that’s a good one. You ever done that?
You’re bickering. You’re yelling at your kids, you bicker, and with your spouse, somebody calls on the phone and you go, Oh, hi, how are you?
Hypocrisy about 1 John 1:6, If we say that we have fellowship with him, while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
It is possible to lie not with your lips, but with your actions, and you see this all the time, somebody says they’re a Christian on Sunday, they come and they look really good on Sunday, and then the rest of the week… And maybe even the second half of Sunday too, they act like however they want… That’s breaking the Nine Command.
It’s hypocrisy. It’s a lie… How about the fifth one?
We live formally, we lie informally, we lie to ourselves, We lie by hypocrisy, and our actions, we also lie to God, which is so stupid when you think about it… This happens in Acts Chapter 5, where Ananias and Sophia, his wife, they come, they sell a field, ’cause they see everybody else doing it, so they give the field, they give the proceeds and they claim that they gave all of the proceeds from the sale of their field, to God.
And it recounts really clearly that they lied to the Holy Spirit, and they lied to God in that passage, I got it.
God, I give you my all. When you’re holding some bitterness or anger in your heart, and you lie to God, God, I worship you, when in reality, there is something that is more dominant, more powerful, more significant in your mind than God.
I’m afraid people who attend church week in and week out are going to be faced with the temptation to lie every week, to God… Humble yourself. Humble your heart. Tell them you don’t wanna lie. Tell them, you wanna do your best, I give you my all. I’ll repent if you show me what you want me to repent of…
Be humble, absolutely. But don’t come to God and say, Yeah, I’m gonna give you my all. I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do that, and then be really holding something back.
I have a question though. What does a liar look like when they’ve been redeemed by God, what does a liar look like when they’ve been redeemed by God?
We learned last week, Let the thief no longer steal. Let Him work hard with his own hands so that he may give to those who are in need. Right.
Well, it’s in that same passage, we’re gonna end up… You can turn Ephesians Chapter 4 with me.
We will get there in just a moment. Ephesians Chapter 4. You’ll remember that key verse that I read last week, Let the thief no longer steal. Why?
Because you… You were… You used to be that the darkened in your understanding alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that’s in you, you’re hard-hearted, all that stuff, that’s who you were when you were a thief… But you’re no longer that way. And he says in verse 20 of Chapter 4, that is not how you learned Christ. Let me ask you, how did you learn Christ regarding the Ninth Commandment?
John 1:14 says The word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory. Glory as of the Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Says a few verses later, the law was given through Moses, but grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ. Truth in fact is a key word in the Gospel of John and in first, second, third John, a really good way to study those books would be to go through an underlying truth, light, darkness. Things like that. Jesus says in John 14:6, you know it….. I am the way. The Truth and the life.
He is not just factually the Son of God, He is that… It is a historical fact that He came to this world 2000 years ago, that he claimed to be God, that he did many signs and miracles- that his own family did not think it was crazy for him to call himself the perfect son of God, which if anybody’s gonna think that’s crazy, it’s gonna be your family, that he actually died, and then that there’s proof that he was raised from the dead, all of that is factually accurate, but do you think that’s all he’s getting at when he says, I’m the Truth.
There’s more here.
You mean something far deeper? He’s confronting lies, and he’s helping you latch on to the truth in your life, that’s why he says, I’m the truth, ’cause you need him in order to clear up the lies and clean them out of your head and your mind, and off your tongue and focus on what is true and good.
Jesus confronts the lies that you and I tell ourselves, we need a dose of reality every day, yeah?
Yeah, John 8:32 says, You will know the truth, Jesus says, and the truth will set you free.
John 17:17, Jesus is praying for His disciples, and He says Sanctify them in your Truth. Your word is truth.
When you are confronting the lies that you tell yourself, there are specific steps for you to take, I’m gonna give them to you, here you go. Number one, radical repentance of the lies in your life require first that you sever the lies you believe by naming them, list them, ask other trusted Christians to help you write them out. Write them out, get them on a list to do it.
What lies are you believing? How are you deceiving yourself? Then put them off.
Repent of those.
Invest those, what’s the put on, dive into the word of God, study the Bible and asign, a promise from God for each one of those truths, so that when you start to believe that truth, you instead latch on to the promise, you’ll latch on to the one who says, I am the truth.
He’s the truth. You desperately need… But this command, the ninth command, is not just about lies that you tell yourself, although I think that is one of the main ways we break that command, it is also confronting the lies that you and I tell one another, and that’s where we’re in Ephesians chapter four.
So I have a really awesome scholarly work, it’s like huge… Well, I don’t have it right now, I don’t know who’s borrowing it, if you’re borrowing and get it back to me, it’s called Kingdom through Covenant.
Okay, this book, king looked through Covenant, walks through all of the covenants from the old testament to the new test, all the covenant that God made with Adam and Eve in the Garden, Noah, Moses at Sinai, and then later on, David. And then as you move forward to the New Covenant of which we take part today according to Hebrews, all of those covenants build up to what this author would argue is the ethic that God calls us to live in in the new covenant today.
And he says that ethic is most clearly stated in Ephesians Chapter 4, he argues had Ephesians Chapter 4, is this ethic clearly displayed.
Ephesians chapter 4, and he says, It’s in Verse 15, rather speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head into Christ.
He says that verse acts like the heading over which the rest of this book falls, so the rest of this book is underneath it, if you are a Microsoft Word worker and you do bullet points, you got… This is the main bullet point, and then these are all gonna be sub ports.
Okay, all of the rest of the book is sub-points and you let your eye go down, you can see verse like 25 to 32, it’s got all these relational ethics that are all connected back to this idea of speaking the truth in love, you got Ephesians Chapter 5 about walking in love and not having crude talk coming out of your mouth, walking as the children of light, all of these things, and then it moves forward to making good use of your time, not being drunk, walking wise, singing songs with one another, giving thanks, submitting to one another, and then it goes forward even further to relationship of wives and husbands and of children and parents and bond servants, all of the rest of the book functions under verse 15 of Chapter 4, speaking the truth in love.
He says in verse 25, connected to Verse 15, having put away falsehood, let each of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.
But he’s not just about the truth there, ’cause the rest of these verses 26 through 32 will all be about the “in love” part.
God commands us to speak the truth in love, let’s consider what that means for a moment, speaking the truth. Not Lying, not allowing the words that you say to be formed by the deceptions that are in your heart, not narrative-shaping, not giving alternative facts, nothing like that you’re not gonna do that.
Now, I’m gonna speak the truth to my neighbor, it also means that we’re not… Unfortunately, it means that Christians should not be gullible, we’re not easily pulled into some wrong teaching on the fringes of society and then promoting that wrong teaching, whatever that might be, We’re not spouting off on people in person or online about things that we don’t really know about, instead, were being more quiet, we’re making sure that what we say is true, and it should give a serious pause… Should give a serious pause to say anything, if what we’re saying is going against or contrary to what experts are saying.
So it would be better for the fool to be quiet and appear wise, but it’s not just speaking the truth, because I think we’ve got it in our mind today that Christians have a to tie to a Speak the truth into the culture, and that’s absolutely true. Absolutely true.
Problem is many people today, abandoned, abandon any semblance of the in-love part of this command.
They say, I’ll just say whatever I want.
I’ve had it with at PC stuff. I’m not gonna be PC. I’ll say whatever I want. Freedom of speech, listen, in America, you have freedom of speech that you should try to guard through your voting through the proper means… Absolutely, but as a Christian. You do not have the freedom to say whatever you want, in fact, better than that, you have been given the freedom to not say anything, you are freed from needing to argue, you’re freed from needing to say that thing to prove your point, you’re free from the need to have conflict or to spout up, you’re free, you don’t have to say a thing.
You could just be quiet.
Christians are called to speak the truth in love, and to do that, we need to know how our words will affect people around us, is what you’re saying to people around you, corrupting them? hurting them?
Because he goes on a little bit in verse 29, Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth, but only such as good for the use of building up as fits the occasion, which has this idea of somebody who knows when to talk and when to not… That they may give grace to those to hear… This means that if any particular saying or word might offend or hurt the hearer are the reader. We don’t say it.
The Gospel will always be an offense… The Gospel will always be an offense, that doesn’t mean that the way we say it needs to be offensive, our goal should be edifying, building people up, not winning debates, and I feel like Christians right now are pulled way too much into online/ in person debate, and I think Christians would do much better to honor the name of Jesus Christ by being quiet and reserved and loving to those around them.
As James says, Let every one be quick to listen, slow to speak. Slow to wrath
That would be a really good way right now to follow the ninth command, our Savior, Jesus Christ is truth, he came so that we can see the truth about why we’re here, but what purpose God gave us about what’s wrong with us, but what our future holds, he came to a loom in our minds and help us to understand Him, let Him be the truth that we got a rally around.
If you don’t know that, if you feel confused and wrapped and warped by your lives right now and by the lies that others tell you when you tell others, you can confess those today, and Jesus can forgive you, and Jesus can be light to your mind so that you can understand what it is to have the hope of his calling, what it is to have the inheritance of the saints around us, what it is to know the love of God in Christ Jesus. You can have that today, it’s an open invitation for all law breakers, including those who break the Ninth command, if you are a believer today and you are looking at your life and you’re saying, You know what, I’ve lied to myself, I’ve lied to others. What do you need to do today to confess that.
As First John One says, Walk in the light, Christians. Let us speak the truth in love, especially today with all the hot button issues that are out there, let’s speak the truth in love, let’s be people who represent what it means to be free from the need to argue, not enslaved to being argumentative.
I’m enslaved to Christ in His righteousness and I’ll live for Him. That’s my challenge for you this morning, let’s pray, I’ll invite the musicians to make their way up, just give you a moment of prayer, close your eyes bow your heads, if you need to confess some of your lies this morning. This would be a good opportunity to do that.
Father, We are people who dwells in a land of deep darkness, as Isaiah chapter 9 says, were people who seek truth from any source but the one who says He is true, and we dwell in darkness and we get mad at the light, we hate the light, we avoid the light, I pray that Your light would shine into our souls and call us to live in the light and walk in the light today for your glory and your honor. I thank you for the cross. I thank you that there at the cross, we are called to die to ourselves, so that we can live to you, call us to that death, the death of a lying tongue, the death of a lying heart, a deceptive heart, and a life that we find in you where we learn that Jesus truly is the way, the truth and the life, Call us Lord, please change your people’s hearts in here and make us people that speak the truth in love.
Father, I pray and ask these things in your precious name. Amen.