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|NASB||Exodus 23:1 "You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness.|
|Exodus 23:1 "You shall not give a false report; you shall not join hands with the wicked to be a malicious witness [promoting wrong and violence].|
|Subject: The Ninth Commandment|
Bible Note: "You shall not bear a false report; do not join your hand with a wicked man to be a malicious witness. You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to a poor man in his dispute." (Exodus 23:1-3)
"Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?" (Psalms 2:1)
Denialism is a practice that is a common practice in our world, dating back to our First Parents themselves. We may think of historical revisionism as a practice primarily belonging to Marxism. However, it is not just a matter of class politics or even reactionism. We also see this in various manifestations in the Scriptures. It can be traced to this very day, and, no doubt, until God's eternal purpose is fulfilled (Revelation 22:15b).
This bearing of a false report is even common in among the "People of the Book." It can even be found, much to our shame, in evangelicalism. Thus, the contemporary Christian joins hands with atheist, the malicious witness. How is it that those who take the name Christian, can be so much like the heathen, devising a vain thing? Ask the believers around you if they even know the Ninth Commandment.
On this Labor Day, I have been contemplating this thing. We see in the Word that it God gives this commandment in a negative form; i.e., do not lie. Yet not lying is only half of what is intended. We are to love the truth, live the truth, know the truth.
Doing this is a costly thing. Does it surprise anyone that it would be otherwise? Not only is striving for the truth a matter of continuous effort, but may well cost us our life. The martyrs knew this. Is there anyone who can look at things that are happening here and around the world who do not understand that this struggle is a matter of life and death? Yet even more than this, it is the very nature and character of our King -- as we see in the last chapter of Revelation, for example.
Digging for the truth is certainly an effort of Biblical study; it is why we want a translation like the NASB. It also means having great suspicion concerning what the world says across the Internet. It is having great suspicion for what our pastors, elders, and teachers say. More than that, it is having even greater suspicion about what we ourselves feel and think (Jeremiah 17:9). As children of the King, we strive for truth in this earth, in its past, in our nations, in our communities, in our church, and -- most of all -- in our selves.
Absurd things are happening in our world, as we see the psalmist tell us in Psalm 2. But we are called to do homage to the Son. It starts right here. Knowing the truth in our head; loving the truth in our hearts; doing the truth in our hands; and living the truth by our habits.
To that end let us pray for grace from our God who has not spared anything that we need unto righteousness.
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