“No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
5 They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web;
He who eats of their eggs dies,
And from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.”
Almost everyne attempts to balance the risk of being caught against the perceived benefits of lying. These days it is nearly impossible to tell when some people are lying if you do not have the discernment to atleast suspect when a person might be …
With children lying many times comes easy, and you cannot always tell which of their stories are in fact true. Seems much of the time that they do nto even know they are lying.
Jeremiah 7:28 says “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.”
Many businesses, especially corporations and big parma companies display an amazing creativeness in camouflaging deceit when advertising their products. We see everywhere just how deceptive individuals and organizations can be without attracting lawsuits or losing a cunsumer base.
Lying has become such an accepted way of life that we are run by a government system of tyranny based entirely on historical and current lies.
Jeremiah 9:3 states “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies.
They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” says the Lord.”
People today regularly inject deceit into their everyday relationships. Our daily social, personal, political, religious and economic existence is so badly surrounded by constant deception and mind conditioning methods that we many times do not even realize we are repeating those same behaviors.
Human nature is deceitful. The scarcity of honesty in our society is so widely accepted that public censure no longer discourages or discredits it.
Proverbs 12:22 reads “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,
But those who deal truthfully are His delight.”
Revelation 12:9 reveals that Satan’s influence is so great that he deceives the whole world. Which means that many times we are so horribly misled that we argue and war over mostly false pretenses and ideals.
Right now we are getting ready for the holiday season. Based entirely on lies and deception that continue to keep us divided and in the dark …
“Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.”
Comparing Revelation 21, the identity of thought and language in Ezekiel, predicting the new kingdom of Israel, and in John, foretelling the kingdom of heaven forces upon us the conclusion that the prophecy of Ezekiel has an ultimate reference to that climax which John plainly indicates.
So long as the Israelites were distracted by the service of many gods, such unity was impossible; but now, when they shall have taken away the abominations from the land, they shall be united in heart to serve the true God.
As we see in our country, but blindly ignore the division on so many matters of both political and godly issues. The hearts of men are unnaturally hardened by terrible events and tragedies only the powers of evil could concieve …
The pious captives in Babylon were insulted by the Jews who continued in Jerusalem; but God made gracious promises to them. It is promised, that God will give them one heart; a heart firmly fixed for God, and not wavering. All who are made holy have a new spirit, a new temper and dispositions. They act from new principles, walk by new rules, and aim at new ends. A new name, or a new face, will not serve without a new spirit.
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. The carnal heart, like a stone, cannot be made to feel. Men live among the dead and dying, and are neither concerned nor humbled. He will make their hearts tender and fit to receive impressions: this is God’s work, it is His gift by promise and a wonderful, happy change is wrought by it, from death to life. Tho, not before the coming darkness filled with harsh trials and bloodshed …
Their practices shall be agreeable to those principles. These two must and will go together. When the sinner feels his need of these blessings he will present the promises as prayers in the name of Christ and they will be performed.
“Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. ”
“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. ”
“So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Jesus went from Galilee, and probably traveled through the chief villages and towns as Samaria was situated between Galilee and Jerusalem, perhaps towards the river Jordan.
These men were in His path, as He was entering the village. They were not allowed to enter the village while they were afflicted with the leprosy,
Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:2-3.
At a distance, as they were required by law. They were unclean, and it was not lawful for them to come near to those who were in health.
As Jesus was traveling, they were also walking in the contrary way, and seeing Him, and knowing that they were unclean, they stopped or turned aside, so that they might not expose others to the contagious disease.
Jesus directs them to dhow themselves to the priests.
Leviticus 13:2; Leviticus 14:2 …
Our Lord intended that their cure should be received by faith. They depended on His goodness and power; and though they had no promise, yet they went at His command to do that which was required by the law to do to confirm they were already healed.
In this spirit of implicit faith; they were cleansed. God highly honors this kind of faith, and makes it the instrument in His hand when working many miracles.
One was a Samaritan. One who professed a very corrupt religion; and from whom much less was to be expected than from the other nine, who were probably all Jews.
This rendered Jesus’ conduct more remarkable and striking in the sight of the Jews. They considered the Samaritans as especially wicked, and themselves as especially holy.
This example showed them, like the story of the good Samaritan, that in this they were mistaken.
Often God receives more praise and affectionate obedience from those who had long lived without his knowledge and fear, than from those who were bred up among his people, and who profess to be called by His name.
People who have lived under the standard rules of faith can become stagnant, arrogant and lazy in their quest to strive towards God’s Kingdom
The simple reasoning is “Those who have much forgiven will love much”