Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Nothing but the Truth ...

"The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the Lord!’" - Ezekiel 13:1–2
During the late 19th century a form of newspaper reporting developed called Yellow journalism. It was a style of reporting that emphasized sensationalism over facts. During its heyday it was one of many factors that helped push the United States and Spain into war in Cuba and the Philippines. Today, we hear about "Fake News", where facts are slanted by the reporter's personal prejudice. Over the years, messengers of news have often failed to give the truth, and nothing but the truth.
You might say that the prophets of Israel, during the days of Ezekiel, were also guilty of reporting "Fake News". These were men who were out of touch with the Lord and yet, claimed to have heard from Him. They had their own personal prejudice and it was woven through all that they prophesied. They spoke "from their own hearts", and "they misled (God's) people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace" (13:10). They failed to give the truth, and nothing but the truth.
This passage should warn us to choose carefully those preachers and authors to whom we pay attention. But, it also gives us food for thought concerning our own life paths. Are we really in touch with the Lord? Do we spend sufficient time daily, in the Word of God and prayer, to discern His voice of direction? Or, do we feed ourselves with "Fake News" from "our own heart"? Do we convince ourselves that we're at peace, when there is no peace? Do we fail to listen to, and obey the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

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