DCLM Daily Manna Monday 6 November 2023
TOPIC: Danger of Falsehood
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 22:6-10
6 When Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men that were with him, (now Saul abode in Gibeah under a tree in Ramah, having his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him;)
7 Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;
8 That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?
9 Then answered Doeg the Edomite, which was set over the servants of Saul, and said, I saw the son of Jesse coming to Nob, to Ahimelech the son of Ahitub.
10 And he enquired of the Lord for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine.
“And he enquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave him the sword of Goliath the Philistine”
(1 Samuel 22:10).
DCLM Daily Manna Monday 6 November 2023 MESSAGE
An Irish bishop and philosopher, George Berkeley, who lived from 1685 to 1753 said, “Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few”. His message was that many profess to love the truth; yet, only very few honour it in deed or in spirit. When the chips are down, many are not faithful witnesses. They either tell half-truth, exaggerate it or deny it completely.
Truth misrepresented is not of God. It is falsehood. It was what Doeg, the Edomite servant of Saul, king of Israel, did as he gave an account of David’s meeting with the priest Ahimelech in Nob. The aspect that the priest “inquired of the LORD for (David)” was a concocted lie. And this was tragic, because it portrayed Ahimelech as an accomplice in the flight of David from Saul. This infuriated Saul and made him commit genocide against 85 priests.
The Lord warns against being false witnesses and against having disdain for the truth. Exodus 20:16 says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour”. And in Revelation 21:27, the Lord sternly cautions that those who manufacture lies “shall in no wise enter into (heaven)”. There are grave consequences for the sin of lying on earth and after death, if those who falsify the truth do not repent.
Lying or embellishment of narratives and twisting of facts to gain favour, defend an error or cover up misdeeds, are abominable acts disavowed by God. We must come clean as sincere believers who do not cut corners to make a living. We must flee from associates who invent lies and engage in smart dealings that dishonour the biblical standards and render one unworthy of being called a child of the Most High God.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Avoid lying to avoid hell.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JEREMIAH 46 – 48