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Thursday, 8 May 2014

"Tell me a Lie:" The Truth About Lies



(This reading is based on Jeremiah 7 that is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.)

"Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.’" Jer. 7: 4

The desperation to hear embellished (soothing) words instead of the often "harsh" and inconvenient truth that declares our preferred path, a sinful one, has driven persons to write songs like, "Tell me a Lie" - as penned by Barbara Wyrick and Mickey Buckins. Read how stupidly (yeah brazingly) desperate things get in this song, "Tell me a lie, say you're not a married man/ Even though I saw you slip off your weddin' band..."
The truth about lies is that, told long enough, lies will provide temporary satisfaction. But truth, as oil in water, will ultimately rise to the top and its unyielding requirements cannot be any longer ignored. Then will set in, disappointment, heartbreak, and death, for indeed lies are not sustainable.  The word of advice is, "Do not trust these lying words."
Scripture speaks of a time when life will be rife with mass multitudes who will find truth intolerable, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." (2 Tim 4: 3). But such have their rewards coming.
Father in heaven, our desire today is like that of the unnamed Greeks who asked of Phillip, "Sir, we would see Jesus," (John 12: 21). This is Jesus, "The way, the TRUTH and the life." John 14: 6. It is as you expressed through Psalmist - we desire truth in our inward parts (Ps 51: 6). So to Jesus we sing, "Into my heart, into my heart, come into my heart Lord Jesus...."

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