Most of you will say, “No!” You most likely would say, “As a Christian, you should never tell a lie.” You would probably say the same is true for Israel and the Jews under the Law, during the time of the Hebrew Scriptures. Well, I will let the Bible answer your questions. Let us look at a few things in the Scriptures. Does God ever lie?
Numbers 23:19 (NIV)1
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
Okay, we have established God does not lie, because He is not a man, but obviously men lie. Let us look at a few more verses about God.
1 Samuel 15:29 (NIV)
He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.”
Here again, God does not lie because He is not a man! This indicates again that men lie. Next it tells us again, that God does not lie.
Titus 1:2 (NIV)
a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
Next it tells us it is impossible for God to lie!
Hebrews 6:18 (NIV)
God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.
So, we need to go no farther to see God will not, and cannot lie. Before reading more on this topic, I need you to understand a couple things. We have also seen that man does lie. Please remember, those who research God’s Word have to know and understand this. Really, everyone needs to know and understand this. In order to understand Scripture you must get to whom it is written to, correct! This is so very important! If I write a letter to a friend and the mail delivery person puts that letter in your mail box by accident, can you learn anything from it? Sure you can, but it is not written to you. Do not tell me you have never torn open a letter and found it was not addressed to you! Well I have! You could learn all kinds of things, but there may be things that if you did them, would not work out for you. What if I said in the letter, we were going on an all-expense paid ocean cruise, and I would pick you up in front of your house next Friday night at 6 p. m. for our two week trip? How long would you be standing in front of your house, since my letter was not written to you? A long, long time! The Bible is the same. You can learn stuff from the entire Book, but not all would be applicable to you. Check out this verse.
Romans 15:4 (NIV)
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
It states, “…everything that was written in the past was written to teach us…” I want you to see a couple more versions. Below, are two versions; the Revised Standard Version and the King James Version. Read how they translated this same section of Scripture.
Romans 15:4 (RSV)
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 15:4 (KJV)
For whatsoever things were written aforetime [old English, which means before this time] were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
No matter who translates it, if it was written in the past, in former days, or aforetime, it is to teach us, for our instruction, or for our learning, but it is not written to us! It does not take much time to see Leviticus was to Israel. Under the Levitical Laws, Israel was told not to lie to one another.
Leviticus 19:11 (NIV)
“‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie.’” Do not deceive one another.
The context is for them not to lie to one another. In other words, an Israelite was not to lie to another Israelite! Below, are three more verses about not lying from the Hebrew Scriptures, which are books written to Israel. So, the believers in Israel were told by God not to lie to one another.
Psalm 120:2 (NIV)
Save me, O LORD [Yahweh], from lying lips and from deceitful tongues.
Proverbs 12:19 (NIV)
Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment.
Proverbs 12:22 (NIV)
The LORD [Yahweh] detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.
Both Psalms and Proverbs are for Israel, but we can learn from them. Solomon wrote Proverbs (above) by revelation, and it was written for the people of Israel to gain wisdom, discipline, and understanding. Look at this verse.
Proverbs 1:2 (NIV)
for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight;
These books were written for Israel, but any of the people of the world then, could be proselytized and become a believer. One such person was Uriah the Hittite who served in the Army of Israel, and was more of an honest believer than David, in the situation they were in together. The Hittites were pagan and enemies of Israel. For our understanding, the majority of the Hebrew Scriptures were for Israel. Sadly, many say they were written to the Jews, but we can document that is not true. The Jews were a tribe in Israel, and became a nation when they got away from the Truth. We will see more on this topic later in this article.
Next, we get to the Christian Scriptures, and of course much of it is written to Christians. Let us look at Colossians 1:2, which we will see is definitely written to Christians. It is to the holy and faithful (faithfully standing) brothers and sisters in Christ. The city, each book is addressed to, does not matter, because it was just the first city the epistle [letter] was sent to. The point is, it is to brothers and sisters in Christ.
Colossians 1:2 (NIV)
To the holy and faithful [Or believing] brothers in Christ at Colosse: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
You see, getting to whom it was written makes a difference to our understanding. Let us examine this next verse. Knowing by verse 2 above, it is written to, “…the holy and faithful brothers in Christ…”
Colossians 3:9 (NIV)
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices
It states in the verse above, “Do not lie to each other…” Who are we not to lie to? “Each other,” that is, another Christian, folks! In other words, we Christians are not to lie to one another. Paul in several books he penned for the Lord, was emphatic that what he was saying were not lies. Let us look at three verses below, which confirm what I am saying. In case you did not know, Paul penned every book from Romans through Hebrews. But some he did not pen alone. In other words, Paul received the revelation from Jesus Christ to pen most of 14 books in the Christian Scriptures.
Romans 9:1 (NIV)
I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit—
2 Corinthians 11:31 (NIV)
The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying.
1 Timothy 2:7 (NIV)
And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.
My point here is to show he did not lie, but he could have. Because all those books are written to Christians, and Colossians 3:9 above says that we are not to lie to each other, and that he did not lie in those verses. Paul listened to what Jesus gave him by revelation. See these verses, and remember what Paul by revelation was saying.
Galatians 1:11 and 12 (NIV)
11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.
I would love to give you every record on this topic, but it would be a booklet. So, I have picked one section of Scripture to show that there are times when we can lie. Please, you have read this far and I have proved everything from the Bible, so please keep going. I will do the same to the end of this article, I promise.
If you are dealing with evil people, government leaders, even believers who are doing evil or wrong, you do not always have to tell them the Truth. In the Hebrew Scriptures, God was always protecting the believer’s line so Christ would be born. Israel was chosen to be God’s people. He called the children of Israel, “my people,” to Moses, when Moses was going to lead them out of slavery in Egypt.
Exodus 3:7 (NIV)
The LORD [Yahweh] said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.
So, they were God’s people! Many Christians today say that the Jews are God’s chosen people, and that it says so in Joshua. But that is not true, it was in Deuteronomy, and the context shows it is Israel, which we will see in a few verses. There was a tribe of Judah, but the people and nation later were called Israel. No nation of people were called Jews until Ezra. That occurred after the split of Israel and Judah, at the time of Rehoboam [king of Judah] and Jeroboam [king of Israel]. That split happened because Rehoboam did wrong and became a bad king. Sadly, Jeroboam also did wrong. After Moses died, Joshua was exalted in the eyes of Israel [not the Jews].
Joshua 3:7 (NIV)
And the LORD [Yahweh] said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses.
God definitely knew the difference between Israel and Judah, and in this verse above, could have said, “Judah,” or “Jews,” but did not. He called them what they were at the time, “Israel.” The same is true in this next verse.
Deuteronomy 1:1a (NIV)
These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the desert east of the Jordan…
Now we will see who His chosen people were.
Deuteronomy 7:6 (NIV)
For you are a people holy to the LORD [Yahweh] your God. The LORD [Yahweh] your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
When Jesus was here, the Jews rejected him, and today we Christians are God’s chosen people. We established that Paul penned every book from Romans through Hebrews earlier in this article, but sometimes he had help. All were written by revelation from Jesus Christ and are written to Christians. I purposely chose Colossians earlier, showing you it was written to us Christians. Read this!
Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
This goes along with what was spoken by James in Acts 15.
Acts 15:14 (NIV)
Simon [Peter] has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself.
God took from the Gentiles a people for Himself! So, these two verses show today, we are God’s chosen people! Since there is nothing in the Christian Scriptures which contradicts what I am about to cover, then it still stands true today. God does not have to repeat a topic, which is so well covered before to the Hebrews, again to us Christians. So, let us get to it!
We will be looking at the prophet Elijah. His name says a bunch about him, and names are important in the Bible. My NIV Study Bible in the study notes on page 679 says, “Elijah. Elijah’s name (meaning ‘The LORD is my God’)….” Sadly, this is how many translators handle it and it is wrong according to the Hebrew language. It should read, “Yahweh is my God.” If you click on the link, you will get a better idea why it is important to say, “Yahweh.”
We are going to dive into 1 Kings, which is where we will be for most of the rest of this article. As we get into this, remember Israel and Judah separated into two separate nations at the time right after King Solomon died. His son Rehoboam came into power in 1 Kings 11. Because of that split, 1 Kings covers the kings of both nations, but for this article we are going to look over happenings during the time when Ahab was King of Israel. Throughout these records, God shows us the timeline by always comparing both nations. Read these verses.
1 Kings 16:29–33 (NIV)
29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. 30 Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the LORD [Yahweh] than any of those before him. 31 He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. 32 He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. 33 Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to provoke the LORD [Yahweh], the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.
Above we established that the children of Israel were God’s people. This king was a really bad man, especial since he did more, “…to provoke the LORD [Yahweh], the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.” Yet as bad as he is here, he is still in the believer’s line. He also married a pagan woman, something God had warned them not to do. He actually built a temple to Baal in Samaria. My point is, no matter whom you are even from the believer’s line, when you do evil, you are outside of the protection of God. Let us go further in Scripture.
1 Kings 17:1–7 (NIV)
1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab [the king], “As the LORD [Yahweh], the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” 2 Then the word of the LORD [Yahweh] came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there.” 5 So he did what the LORD [Yahweh] had told him. He went to the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan, and stayed there. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook. 7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
We will see as we get further into this article that Elijah was a prophet, and he served Yahweh. Here he went to the king and said, “…there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” That would be an incredibly brave thing to do to the most powerful man in the nation. I think the king and his evil wife must have believed him, or at least grew to believe him, as the drought worsened. So, Yahweh said where he was to go, and that he would be fed morning and evening by the ravens. It was a place with a brook [I think we would say, “creek”]. What an amazing thing for Him, to cover things so well as to give him a place for water, and supply bread and meat twice a day. What a loving God Yahweh is! The time came, that the brook dried up, because of the drought. Let us continue in Scripture.
1 Kings 17:8–16 (NIV)
8 Then the word of the LORD [Yahweh] came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there. I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.” 12 “As surely as the LORD [Yahweh] your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14 For this is what the Lord [Yahweh], the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the LORD [Yahweh] gives rain on the land.’” 15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the LORD [Yahweh] spoken by Elijah.
Yahweh said after the brook dried up, “Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there.” So Elijah went, and Yahweh also told him, “…I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food.” The details are amazing in these verses above. Other things happened while Elijah was staying with the widow and her son. See this next section of Scripture.
1 Kings 17:17–24 (NIV)
17 Some time later the son of the woman who owned the house became ill. He grew worse and worse, and finally stopped breathing. 18 She said to Elijah, “What do you have against me, man of God? Did you come to remind me of my sin and kill my son?” 19 “Give me your son,” Elijah replied. He took him from her arms, carried him to the upper room where he was staying, and laid him on his bed. 20 Then he cried out to the LORD [Yahweh], “O LORD [Yahweh] my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?” 21 Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the LORD [Yahweh], “O LORD [Yahweh] my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” 22 The LORD [Yahweh] heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived. 23 Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house. He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive!” 24 Then the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD [Yahweh] from your mouth is the truth.”
God does not kill people, but the children of Israel did not understand the Adversary, so through a Hebrew Idiom God got the blame. This topic is too big for this article, but I will explain it in a future article. Suffice it to say, God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all [1 John 1:5], and that God is Love [1 John 4:8, and 16]. On the other side is the Evil One, who is the god of this age [2 Cor. 4:4], who holds the power of death [Heb. 2:14], and who is the one in control of this world [1 John 5:19]. Read those verses, and then tell me who kills people. It is not our heavenly Father! Elijah’s time with this family ends in the next chapter of 1 Kings.
1 Kings 18:1 and 2 (NIV)
1 After a long time, in the third year, the word of the LORD [Yahweh] came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.” 2 So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria,
Those two verses are packed! It was the third year of the drought, and Yahweh told Elijah go and present yourself to Ahab. This was the evil king! The one who was worse than any king of Israel who was before him! Elijah is to tell him that Yahweh will send rain on the land. Remember, Elijah was the one who told him it was not going to rain until he told him it was to be so. Finally, it tells us that the famine was severe in Samaria. This is where the king lived and his temple to Baal was. Looks like Yahweh is a whole lot more powerful than Baal, but we knew that! I do not think I would want that job of telling the king that. Look at this next verse.
1 Kings 18:3 (NIV)
and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, who was in charge of his palace. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the LORD [Yahweh].
I hope you have read the article, which is linked many times in this article to the name, “Yahweh.” You need to understand we are to know God’s name. I have never found the article, “the,” ever in the Hebrew Scriptures in front of the word, “Yahweh.” In this verse where the parenthesis starts should read, (Obadiah was a devout believer in Yahweh. This is important, because the Hebrew Scriptures say, “Yahweh,” not God. It is saying God’s name. If we continue as most do, then this logic would make the verse read, “The human was a devout believer in the LORD!” What? Okay, if we are going to refer to God as the LORD, then why not refer to Elijah as, “the human!” If you say that is stupid because the Hebrew says, “Elijah,” well, the Hebrew also says, “Yahweh,” yet translators say, “the LORD,” when that is not how the Hebrew reads. We need to know Yahweh or we can never draw near to Him. See this verse below.
James 4:8a (RSV)
Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.…
Obadiah was in charge of Ahab’s palace and was a devout believer in Yahweh. Next, we will learn more about Obadiah, Ahab, and Jezebel, who was Ahab’s wife. Notice, also it says, “Yahweh’s prophets,” not God’s.
1 Kings 18:4–6 (NIV)
4 While Jezebel was killing off the LORD’s [Yahweh’s] prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.) 5 Ahab had said to Obadiah, “Go through the land to all the springs and valleys. Maybe we can find some grass to keep the horses and mules alive so we will not have to kill any of our animals.” 6 So they divided the land they were to cover, Ahab going in one direction and Obadiah in another.
Jezebel was killing Yahweh’s prophets. Again, we are seeing it is not saying, “God’s prophets,” but, “Yahweh’s.” Obadiah was going against the first lady [she is never referred to as a queen in the Bible] of his nation by going and hiding a hundred of Yahweh’s prophets. I have family who would say that Obadiah was wrong, but when dealing with evil, even in a nation that is God’s people, it is not wrong to go against the evil people, or government. Most Scholars and Theologians would say that in the Hebrew Scriptures, God was protecting the Christ line. We agree that was part of the reason, but examples throughout Scripture show God was protecting those who served Him also. I believe God still watches over Christians today, either He Himself, the Lord Jesus, or with angels. In verse 6, Obadiah and the king split up, and were searching the land looking for grass and water. Verse 5 says, “…Go through the land to all the springs and valleys….” Okay, in case you did not put it together, springs equals water! While Obadiah is searching for grass and water, look who he meets!
1 Kings 18:7–11 (NIV)
7 As Obadiah was walking along, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized him, bowed down to the ground, and said, “Is it really you, my lord Elijah?” 8 “Yes,” he replied. “Go tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.’” 9 “What have I done wrong,” asked Obadiah, “that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to be put to death? 10 As surely as the LORD [Yahweh] your God lives, there is not a nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to look for you. And whenever a nation or kingdom claimed you were not there, he [Ahab] made them swear they could not find you. 11 But now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’
During these past three years, the king has been trying to find Elijah, and has searched in other nations and kingdoms. I think, the king was a little angry, because he could not find Elijah. Now, Obadiah is concerned the king will kill him, if he goes and finds the king and says he knows where he is. That is more proof the king is really mad, and evil. Now, Obadiah was afraid Yahweh [does not say, “God”] was going to hide Elijah.
1 Kings 18:12 and 13 (NIV)
12 I don’t know where the Spirit of the LORD [Yahweh] may carry you when I leave you. If I go and tell Ahab and he doesn’t find you, he will kill me. Yet I your servant have worshiped the LORD [Yahweh] since my youth. 13 Haven’t you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD [Yahweh]? I hid a hundred of the LORD’s [Yahweh’s] prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water.
Put on your thinking cap here! I will not get deep into this topic, because this article is about lying, but where did the food and water come from? Obadiah was in charge of the palace [verse 3] during a drought [no water], and famine [verse 1 and 2]. You think he could go out and buy it? No! Not with no rain during a famine! He took it from Ahab and Jezebel! The Ten Commandments says not to do that.
Exodus 20:15 (NIV)
“You shall not steal.
So, when dealing with evil in government, and even among people who are God’s people, if they are doing evil, you have to do what you need to do to protect believers. He was feeding and giving water to a hundred prophets, and Yahweh would not be upset. God looks on the heart. Remember, that Obadiah told Elijah, “Haven’t you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD [Yahweh]? I hid a hundred of the LORD’s [Yahweh’s] prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water.” This will come up again.
1 Kings 18:14–16 (NIV)
14 And now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’ He will kill me!” 15 Elijah said, “As the LORD [Yahweh] Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today.” 16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah.
Obadiah was still afraid Ahab was going to kill him, if Elijah somehow was not there, when Ahab came to meet him. So, Elijah stated to him, to reassure him, “As the LORD [Yahweh] Almighty lives, whom I serve, I will surely present myself to Ahab today.” After that, Obadiah went to tell Ahab, and Ahab went to see Elijah. I am sure Obadiah would still be a little nervous. Next, we will find that the king blamed Elijah for Israel’s troubles, not Yahweh.
1 Kings 18:17–20 (NIV)
17 When he [Ahab] saw Elijah, he said to him, “Is that you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’s [Yahweh’s] commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.” 20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel.
Those prophets were evil, and there were 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah! That is 950 evil prophets! After Elijah was called the troubler of Israel, he turned it around, and put the blame on Ahab and his father’s family. Then he told the king to summon the people of Israel [God’s people] to meet Elijah at Mount Carmel, and those 950 evil prophets too! This gets very interesting, because we are going to see Elijah lie to the people of Israel. Remember, those people are doing evil, worshipping Baal, and the Asherah’s. Below in verse 21, we will see a distinction when translated properly, “If Yahweh is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” Elijah called each God by their name.
1 Kings 18:21 and 22 (NIV)
21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD [Yahweh] is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing. 22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.
I checked over 40 English versions of the Bible and they all read the same, or similar as verse 22! Which reads, “Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets.”
Is Elijah telling God’s people the truth? No! Verse 41 tells us Ahab was there also! So, was Elijah telling the king the Truth? No! How do we know that is not the Truth? Remember verse 13 above? Obadiah told Elijah:
1 Kings 18:13 (NIV)
Haven’t you heard, my lord, what I did while Jezebel was killing the prophets of the LORD [Yahweh]? I hid a hundred of the LORD’s [Yahweh’s] prophets in two caves, fifty in each, and supplied them with food and water.
Yet verse 22 says, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left…” Why would he do that, since it is against the Levitical Laws of Israel to lie? There are two reasons; protecting the Christ line, and protecting those serving Yahweh. There are many records where people went against the Law and were not punished. Look at David! He committed adultery, lusted after another man’s wife, and then had him murdered! Yet even though the Law would have allowed the people to take David out and stone him to death, it did not happen. Why? He changed, humbled himself before God, and asked God not to take away his holy spirit! I cannot teach all that now, and finish this article, but will in an article someday soon. Just remember, Yahweh God knows the heart!
Acts 15:8 (NIV)
God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them [Gentiles] by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us [Jews].
So, Yahweh knows the heart of Elijah. When he said in front of the king and the people, “I am the only one of the LORD’s prophets left…” His heart was protecting Obadiah, and the 100 prophets hidden in the caves. The people and the king were God’s people but were evil, and doing evil. I have a rule in writing, that unless I am writing a booklet or book I usually do not go over 12 pages, but I had to go over a few lines in this article. I would love to cover all that happens in this record, but it would double what I have already written. I will save that for Part 2, where again Elijah lies to the king, yet God protects him. Keep an eye out for that!
I close with this! The folks who were believers in Yahweh God from the time of Moses to the beginning of the Christian Church were not to lie to one another. Also, us Christians are not to lie to one another. But when the Adversary is involved or evil is involved and people get demonized, we have to protect God’s people, who are serving Him and His Son, and that is us Christians who are serving today. There is nothing in the Christian Scriptures which contradicts this, so it still holds true today. As things continue in this world, the war on God, Christ, and us Christians will increase. We may be put in a position where if I tell the truth about someone’s whereabouts, it could get them imprisoned, or murdered. I will not do that to one of God’s chosen, if they are serving Him, His Son, and the Body of Christ, the Church! The King [or government], his wife, and many of the people of Israel were evil, but both Elijah and Obadiah helped Yahweh’s people against the entire group. Elijah had to lie to protect Yahweh’s prophets, and we must have that same resolve. We must commit to protect God’s chosen ones. I am! Will you join me?