Therefore the princes said to the king, 'Please, let this man be put to death, for thus he weakens the hands of the men of war who remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, by speaking such words to them. For this man does not seek the welfare of this people, but their harm.'
Lies can sound quite reasonable. In today's scripture, the princes of Judah denounced Jeremiah's prophesy as harmful to the soldier's morale. True on the surface. But if they had listened to God's instructions, Jerusalem would have been spared. Yet, the royal decision makers preferred reasonable liars. The result? Destruction.
When Jesus was arrested by the Jews, 'The high priest asked Him... 'Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?' Jesus said, 'I am' ' (Mark 14:61-62). 'Then the high priest tore his clothes and cried, 'You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?' ' (vs. 63-64). I think the high priest told a reasonable lie. The result? Crucifixion.
After Jesus' death the Apostle Stephen, 'Full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. But some men... were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. Then they secretly induced men to say, 'We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God' ' (Acts 6:8-11).
The possibility of blasphemy seemed more reasonable than the impossibility of a life-changing Messiah. The result? Stoning.
The Bible is full of reasonable lies, starting with Eve and a serpent. Was Noah called 'crazy' to be building an ark or Abraham 'foolish' to follow an unknown God? Joseph was labeled a 'daddy's boy with a big dream' and David a 'small-time shepherd with a slingshot.'
Some people say that actors, models, and talent for Christ can't stand the heat of the entertainment industry, that they'll get burned, that they can't stay clean, that God will be forgotten, that they should stay home, and that the odds of making it are ridiculously small.
Some people are reasonable liars.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Reasonable Lies series.