Matthew 28:11-15 (NLT) 11 As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the leading priests what had happened. 12 A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe. 13 They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’ 14 If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.” 15 So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today. We begin Food for Thought this week with scriptures that do not put religious leaders in a very good light because, here, they are spreading false testimony. The verses prior to these tell of how the men who were guarding Jesus’ tomb fell into a faint when the angel of the Lord rolled away the stone covering the tomb’s entrance and Jesus rose from the dead. Some of the guards went and reported it all to the chief priests who then consulted with the elders, concocted the story above and bribed those guards to tell it. The sin of lying is as old as mankind itself and will continue as long as Satan is around. Lying is a spiritual force because it is fathered by Satan. Giving false witness against someone is especially grievous. The sad thing about it is, it’s often one person’s word against another’s. And when there is no evidence to prove either side, we are forced to determine (discern) what the truth is. This, in ourselves, is impossible. But with the Holy Spirit, it is possible. As believers, we have been given the most wonderful, powerful gift – The Holy Spirit. When you are confronted with lies, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth to you. If you earnestly seek for the truth, He will reveal it to you. Those without the Holy Spirit are fooled and cannot discern. Pray for them too, that they not only find the truth, but they find the revealer of truth!
“You must not testify falsely against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16 (NLT)
The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth. Proverbs 12:22 (NLT)
For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 (NLT)
14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NLT)