Daily Bible Nugget #493, Psalm 27:12

The Nugget:

Psa 27:12  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.

My Comment:

Satan is ever playing his same old tricks, and unwary people fall for them. We must learn to tell the difference between truth and falsehood, between fact and fallacy, between right and wrong, between news and propaganda.

False witnesses can be detected because their stories don’t line up with the facts as they stand.

Our Lord Jesus Christ was confronted by false witnesses at His trial. The witnesses brought forward against Him were sought for by the religious authorities who were against Jesus from the very start of His ministry.

Notice these texts:

Mat 26:59  Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; 

Mat 26:60  But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, 

Mat 26:61  And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 

Notice that we have in the New Testament record what it was that Jesus did say:

Joh 2:18  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? 

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

Joh 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 

Joh 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body. 

Joh 2:22  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. 

I have placed the following note and cross references at Matthew 26:61,

I am able. See Joh 2:19, the words of which, however, they both misapplied and misquoted; see **Mar 14:58 (De Burgh). This was false; He had said “Destroy ye.” The false witnesses helped to fulfill it (CB). Note: The words of our Lord were widely different from this statement of them; so that the testimony of these witnesses was false, though it had the semblance of truth. Mat 27:40, *Psa 56:5, Jer 26:8, 9, 10, 11; Jer 26:16, 17, 18, 19, Mar 15:29, +*Joh 2:19, 20, 21, 22, Acts 6:13.

The passage cited above, John 2:19 and context, greatly troubles false witnesses even today. I have had Jehovah Witnesses visit me, and when we discussed this passage, they denied that the Scripture says that Jesus spoke of His own physical body. Yet, Jesus spoke these words in answer to the challenge of the Jews asking by what authority Jesus cleansed the Temple, and what sign would Jesus show as proof of His authority to do these things. The sign Jesus announced was His physical, bodily resurrection from the dead “in three days.” Scripture explicitly says, “But he spake of the temple of his body” (John 2:21), further adding, “When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said” (John 2:22). Most clearly, therefore, Jesus affirmed and predicted His own bodily resurrection from the dead, which Jehovah Witnesses resolutely deny, showing that they, too, are false witnesses.

Mark writes in his Gospel:

Mar 14:55  And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none. 

Mar 14:56  For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together. 

Mar 14:57  And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, 

Mar 14:58  We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands. 

Mar 14:59  But neither so did their witness agree together. 

And that is the problem with all false witnesses: “But neither so did their witness agree together.”

Just a short time ago, Judge Kavanaugh faced several false witnesses, whose falsehood likewise was revealed by the fact that their testimony could not be substantiated. The tactic of bringing forward false witnesses to derail his appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States is clearly a very old one, for our Lord Jesus Christ Himself faced such treatment.

It is my belief, based upon Scripture, that it would be the height of unwisdom to support the political party in any way that employs such dastardly tactics against innocent persons. We should, instead, vote against them whenever we can, for they are traitors to our Constitutional Republic! Do not neglect your responsibility to vote on election day!

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