Bending the Truth!…
So they gave a negative report to the Israelites about the land they had scouted: “The land we passed through to explore is one that devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw in it are men of great size. We even saw the Nephilim, there — the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim! To ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and we must have seemed the same to them.”
Numbers 13:32-33 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
The scene is the edge of the wilderness, just outside the Land of Canaan. Moses had sent the scouts into the land to check it out and bring back a report.
They did scout it out and when they returned some of the scouts were eager to return to take the land God had promised to them, however, others took the same set of fact and presented them in a negative way, so was to promote fear among the Israelites.
You can read up about this in detail, but the crux of the story is that these nay sayers, were able to drive fear into the camp and this resulted in both their punishment for a false witness, but also, forcing Israel to wander in the desert another 40 years, before crossing over to Canaan. Thereby causing the entire assembly to miss out.
How often do we spin the facts?
Spin has almost become an art form anymore. I used to get a chuckle about the story of two super powers getting together for a friendly competition. The country that lost the engagement proudly announced in their newspapers that the other side had taken a terrible beating and come in next to last. While they had done exceedingly well coming in ranked second in the contest.
The fact is bending the truth to suite our objectives is deceit and it is no better than lying. God see’s it that way as well. He dolled out punishment both to those who gave a false report to Israel and the people as well who followed their guidance.
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.“
John 14:6 (HCSB)
Honesty is critical to our witness as Believers in Christ Jesus. When we shade the truth or spin the facts, we participate in the deceit. That is to say, we cause others to have a different understanding of the facts than what they obviously tell us on their face.
We can’t shade this by calling it a fancy name such as comment and commentary. We are called to the truth by Jesus Himself!
Little children, we must not love with word or speech, but with truth and action.
This is how we will know we belong to the truth and will convince our conscience in His presence, even if our conscience condemns us, that God is greater than our conscience, and He knows all things.
1 John 3:18-20 (HCSB)
If we live by the truth of the Gospel of Jesus, we must abide in that truth and let it pervade every facet of our being. We must seek the truth in all things.
A false witness will not go unpunished, and one who utters lies will not escape.
Proverbs 19:5 (HCSB)
There isn’t any such thing as an innocent lie. False witness is a sinful practice that deceives those around us, to sway opinion of those around us. The spin, little white lies, or bending of the truth; can’t be justified by any means and God says it will not go unpunished.
When we do this we loose out and those we deceive loose out as well, just as the people of Israel did having to wander an extra 40 years in the wilderness.
We loose out, because God blesses truth.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long.
Psalms 25:5 (HCSB)
But the truth is something that is of lasting value that we can and should constantly seek.
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ.
Ephesians 4:15 (HCSB)
Next time you are tempted to take a piece of information and reform it into something that you can turn to your advantage, stop and consider just what you are doing.
The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
1 John 2:4 (HCSB)
Walk in truth. State the truth. Be truthful with yourself. Be truthful with others. And most of all, be truthful with God!
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 (HCSB)
but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.
Philippians 3:20-21 (HCSB)
Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. By His own choice, He gave us a new birth by the message of truth so that we would be the firstfruits of His creatures.
James 1:17-18 (HCSB)
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit — the Father will send Him in My name — will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.
Jesus’ Gift of Peace
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. You have heard Me tell you, ‘I am going away and I am coming to you.’ If you loved Me, you would have rejoiced that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.“
John 14:26-28 (HCSB)
He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?
Romans 8:32 (HCSB)
If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
1 Peter 4:14 (HCSB)
“But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Luke 21:36 (HCSB)