Lying Prophets

Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:

Ezekiel 13:22

In this passage, God is pronouncing judgment on the children of Israel through Ezekiel.  Specifically, this verse deals with the prophets that have lied and have not spoken the words of the Lord.  There are two aspects to their  deceit that are important lessons for us to learn so that we can both avoid falling for these deceits and perpetuating them. 

First, these lying prophets “have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad.”  They called the righteous “wicked.”  They made the righteous sad because it was them that they preached against.  It’s easy to get to feeling a little jealous when confronted with a good, Godly Christian if we are not ourselves living like good, Godly Christians.  There have been many good people torn down by gossip and jealousy.  Let’s make sure we are not among those who do the tearing.

Second, the lying prophets “strengthened the hands of the wicked…”  The Bible tells us in Proverbs 17:15 that “He that justifieth the wicked… (is) abomination to the LORD.”  While I don’t know that I overtly strengthen the hands of the wicked, I’m sure that I have done some things or said some things to “justify the wicked.”  If nothing else, surely we have tried to justify something to ourselves.  That strengthens our own hand to do more wickedness.  We have to be careful about that.

The saddest part of these verses to me is that, by justifying and strengthening the hand of the wicked, it destroys that person.  “…that he should not return from his wicked way…”  If we don’t speak out against wickedness when we see it, how will the wicked ever turn from his wicked way? 

Let us not be like the lying prophets of Ezekiel’s day.  These things should be the other way around: the wicked should be “made sad.”  And the righteous should have their hands strengthened.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you so much Ben. Lots of tough things to tackle in Ezekiel . . .and you are doing it so well. I think I read a quote from Mother Theresa that said, if our words don’t add to the light, then they are increasing the darkness. Or something like that. It reminds me about the part of justifying the wicked. God bless you as you give us His word to digest. Happy Easter!

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    • Anything about us potentially “justifying the wicked” is tough for us swallow. We never have that intention, but it comes out that way sometimes. Ezekiel is a tough book, but there are some great lessons in it. I’m glad you are enjoying it! Happy Easter to you!

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