So the same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their officers, saying, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. And you shall lay on them the quota of bricks which they made before. You shall not reduce it. For they are idle; therefore they cry out, saying, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ Let more work be laid on the men, that they may labor in it, and let them not regard false words.” (Exodus 5:6-9)
On the same day God demanded the release of His people, Pharaoh implemented a plan to curb what he called “vain or false words.” The Hebrew word means “a deliberate lie or falsehood.” That was his evaluation of the Word of God — he regarded it as a lie. And so the one whose title literally means “evil mouth” considers truth to be a lie; which is synonymous with calling good evil and evil, good. Through the prophet Isaiah, God has this to say to those who would do such.
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21)
The Bible makes it clear that this will be the attitude of many in the last days. Even as God is preparing to restore all things, mankind will regard the work of God as vain and false. Peter said that many scoffers will come in the last days mocking the notion that the LORD will return and establish His kingdom on earth saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” – 2 Peter 3:4
It seems to me that this attitude is already running rampant in society and, to some degree, has affected the Body. There are those in the Body who aren’t looking for the promise of His appearing but are indulging themselves in the cultural agenda plaguing our land. It is unfortunate that some who profess to be God’s people are acting as if good is evil and evil is good. Let that never be said of us; let us be the people who uphold the standard that is presented in the Word of God. It will be difficult and, no doubt, met with ridicule and scorn. Nevertheless, “be strong in the LORD and in the power of His might.”
Blessings and Shalom,