Verses for Today
Ex 20:16 You shall not testify with false testimony against your neighbor.
1 John 1:5 And this is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
We have previously pointed out that the 10 commandments reveal to us who and what God is. We want to see that our God is truthful and He is even light itself.
Exodus 20:16 says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” This commandment reveals that God is truthful. To refrain from bearing false witness means that we must speak the truth and not lie….As the truthful God, God is the God of light. We are even told that He Himself is light and that with Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). This means that with God there is no falsehood….With our God there is both faithfulness and truthfulness. Because He is light, He cannot lie. Light is the source of truth (Life Study of Exodus, p. 600).
Testifying with false testimony against your neighbor means to lie about someone. Such lies inflict harm. Satan, the enemy of God is behind all lies and his aim is to to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). Lies and any form of falsehood are in the realm of darkness. Any time that we lie or any time that we hear a lie, it brings us into darkness. Our God is the real life giver. With Him there is life and peace. The peace and glory we receive from God gets robbed from us whenever there is falsehood. That is Satan’s work and we can all testify, we’ve been there.
The Lord Jesus is the truthful God who became a man. The Jews argued with Him many times and sought to catch something false from the Lord but they never could. Mark 12:13 says, “And they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and Herodians that they might catch Him in His speech.” and Luke 11:53 and 54 say, “And when He went out from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to provoke Him to speak concerning many things, lying in wait for Him in order to catch something out of His mouth.”
The Lord’s words are full of light and they break through the darkness. We do well to read His word and pray over it. Here are the Lord’s words, from the gospel of John, when He was dealing with the ones who rejected Him and opposed Him.
I know that you are Abraham’s seed; but you seek to kill Me because My word has no place in you. I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; so then, you also do the things which you have heard from your father. (John 8:37-39)
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks it out of his own possessions; for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. (John 8:44-45)
Thank the Lord for His word. Thank the Lord for the 10 commandments. Because God is light, His words are full of light. The truthfulness of God is the expression of the God of light. All the 10 commandments, like 10 words, reveal to us who God is. He is light and He is truthful. With Him is no falsehood and no darkness. When we touch the truthful God in His word, we are first enlightened of our real condition and then we are freed. We are freed from sin, falsehood, and darkness. John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”