Jesus Christ and the ninth commandment

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour” Deut 5:20

Wow… what grounds for accusation the Pharisees could have had against Jesus on this Phariseecommand!

Christians reading the New Testament know that Christ did not claim to be anything He was not…BUT  to the scribes and Pharisees… that was a different matter. They thought he was claiming to be something/someone He was not…If that was the case, there would be no Saviour.

So what did bearing false witness have to do with our Saviour – and his constant accusers?

lying cartoonWell, ‘bearing false witness’ essentially means lying.

In this day and age, we almost expect to ‘be fed’ lies. Politicians do… I don’t know how many times my husband and I have said to each other ‘do they think we don’t remember what they said when…”

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Jesus Christ did not lie.

He said He was the Son of God, and used evidence to prove His claim.

“When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, ‘Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?’ Jesus replied, ‘Go back and report to John what you hear and see; The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.'”Matthew 11:2-5

Lazarus

Did this prove He was Who He claimed to be? These are things, if He was a man, He could not have pretended to do.

blind man healedThen will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Isa 35: 5,6

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About His birth…

Isaiah 7:14: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Micah 5:2: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

About His death

There are accounts in all four gospels as well as prophecies about the way He would be treated… and many accounts of the illegal trials which would take too long to go into here.

Jesus had no control over His resurrection.

And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?”  And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; — it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, He is risen

“Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” Mark 16: 1 – 7

I rest my case.

Jesus did not break the ninth commandment.

Shalom

Susan

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