Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 7:1-9:11 / Hebrews 6:13-7:10 / Psalm 119:161-168
The story is told of four high school boys who couldn't resist the temptation to skip morning classes. Each had been smitten with a bad case of spring fever. After lunch they showed up at school and reported to the teacher that their car had a flat tire. Much to their relief, she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a quiz this morning, so take your seats and get out a pencil and paper." Still smiling, she waited as they settled down and got ready for her questions. Then she said, "First question--which tire was flat?"
Their lie was exposed and they would soon suffer the consequences. Man has a natural tendency to lie, fib, exaggerate, deceive and mislead. We lie for many different reasons…none are valid or acceptable. We are called to honesty and truthfulness.
We may have difficulty trusting in man’s truthfulness but we can always trust God and His word! God told Abraham, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.” (Hebrews 6:14,15)
God was so serious about His promise, “Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie…” (6:17,18)
A witness who enters a court of law will be asked, “Do you promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” That promise and oath is given because man will lie and must be held to standards of truthfulness. They make this oath under the divine judgment of God. By declaring this oath, they are willing for their truthfulness to be divinely judged by The Almighty God.
Of great importance to our faith is the fact that God does not lie. First of all His promises are unchangeable and backed by the oath of His eternal character. What God has promised and vowed cannot change and is guaranteed to happen. His Word and His oath will never change, never shift and will never be shaken. He will never fail to fulfill what he has promised to give and to do.
“Unchangeable” is a legal term used to describe a ruling or contract that is incapable of being annulled. God’s promises are fixed and will not be altered. It is impossible for God to lie, be deceptive or to be untruthful. His character will not allow Him to be false or to lie. We can trust His every word and every promise!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!