WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HONESTY ?

“And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot‘s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.”

Joshua 2:1 KJV

We’ve all heard the saying “honesty is the best policy.” Sometimes people think of Honesty as telling the truth, but that’s not completely true. Honesty includes telling the truth but it’s more than that. Being an honest person means being a good person. The Greek word for honesty is “kalos.” Kalos means that which is good and admirable and becoming. Honesty is a standard that God expects Christians to meet. In Joshua 2:1, why did Godly men go to a house like Rahab ? Godly men should not do that today. The temptation should keep men from not even going near the door of a loose woman. Even though the the Hebrew word for innkeeper and prostitute are the same. Perhaps rooms in inns and other lodgings had dual use, and they were merely rooms for sleeping for moral people. In that case, if every inn doubled as a place of prostitution, godly men staying at an inn for godly reasons might be unavoidable. The bible says, “Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? James 2:25 KJV There are many verses through out the Bible on honesty. The Bible also tells of the benefits of being an honest person. The bible says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:” Hebrews 13:5 KJV  Do you feel that some sins in your past or present are so terrible that they can’t be forgiven or that you are unworthy to serve God? How does Rahab’s story encourage you?  These spies were lodged in the house of Rahab, a harlot. She had become convinced of Jehovah’s ability to destroy the city, and made an agreement with the spies for her and her family to be spared. In addition, when she was confronted by the king of Jericho and his men about the whereabouts of the spies, she lied. It says in the bible, “And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: And it came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.” Joshua 2:4-6 KJV  God did spare Rahab and her family. It certainly must be admitted that Rahab lied, and that God blessed her and her family. But the question to be addressed is “did God bless her as a direct result of her lie ?” What is the morality of lying ? What does the bible teach us about lying ? In the bible it says. “Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.” Leviticus 19:11 KJV and here it says, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.” Ephesians 4:25 KJV  and also here it says, “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;” Colossians 3:9 KJV The spies never asked Rahab to lie. In fact, there is no indication that they even knew she had lied. Therefore, the decision to lie was her own, and not by the plan or design of God.  She did not lie in order to obey God, or exhibit her faith in God. The bible says, “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.” Hebrews 11:31 KJV Jericho’s king had at least two options, however. He could flee for his life, or he could repent, believe in God, and plead for His mercy. That’s what Rahab did, and she and her family were spared. But the one option the king didn’t have was to ignore Israel, and therefore he couldn’t ignore God. The bible says, “Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have showed you kindness, that ye will also show kindness unto my father’s house, and give me a true token: And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.” Joshua 2:12-13 KJV  Is it ever right to lie? Absolutely not! The Christian must recognize lying for the evil will never be right, and trying to justify it under any circumstances, no matter how difficult it may be, it will never be right in God’s eyes. Many people seem to get along well without God. But just as the world today you can’t ignore Jesus Christ, who came from Israel. As the One who created the universe, He is God. As the One who died on Calvary’s cross, He is the world’s Savior and Redeemer. Put your Trust and Faith in Him today, because He is the one the died on that cross to pay the penalty for your sins so you could have the free gift of eternal life. Amen
By: Jeff Ellinger

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