The Wall That Will Fall

A minister, one Sunday morning, said to his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. In preparation for that message, I’m asking all of you to read Mark 17 this coming week.” The following Sunday, he stood up to preach and asked, “How … More

Lying

There were many false prophets in Israel who claimed to be spokesmen of the Lord and assured the people that all would be well. They were like those who whitewash a flimsy wall to hide its defects (vv. 10-16). The Lord would purge these deceivers from the covenant community. His judgment would come like a torrential down pour, violent wind, and destructive hailstones and batter the whitewashed wall to the ground. When it fell the people perished in the midst of it, and they knew that I am the Lord. Thus will I spend my wrath upon the wall and upon those who have smeared it with whitewash, and I will say to you, The wall is no more, nor those who smeared it,

In the Bible, the gift of prophecy was given to women as well as men. Examples are Miriam ( Ex. 15:20), Deborah (Judges 4:4) and Huldah (II Kings 22:14). But the women mentioned here are more like the medium of I Samuel 28:7. The Lord  denounced these false prophetesses who misled the people with lying messages gained by divination (v. 17). Their activities had a debilitating effect upon the righteous, and these diviners actually encouraged the wicked to continue in their evil ways. The Lord would expose them as frauds and free His people from their negative influence. The magic charms and veils mentioned here were used in witchcraft practices (v. 18). They were advertised as good luck charms, but were used to ensnare the people in idolatry. The Lord says He will let the souls whom they hunt go free like birds. He will deliver His people out of their hand, and they shall know that He is the Lord (vv. 19-22). Because they have disheartened the righteous falsely, and have encouraged the wicked, that he shall not turn from his evil way to save his life, therefore they shall no more see false visions nor practice divination.

Application

I am thankful that I do not have to worry about the lies of false prophets as long as I stay close to the Lord and in His Word.

Ezekiel 13:10-23 (English Standard Version)

"Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, 'Peace,' when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash, say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, and you, O great hailstones, will fall, and a stormy wind break out. And when the wall falls, will it not be said to you, 'Where is the coating with which you smeared it?' Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I will make a stormy wind break out in my wrath, and there shall be a deluge of rain in my anger, and great hailstones in wrath to make a full end. And I will break down the wall that you have smeared with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you shall perish in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the LORD. Thus will I spend my wrath upon the wall and upon those who have smeared it with whitewash, and I will say to you, The wall is no more, nor those who smeared it, the prophets of Israel who prophesied concerning Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her, when there was no peace, declares the Lord GOD. "And you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own minds. Prophesy against them and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the women who sew magic bands upon all wrists, and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature, in the hunt for souls! Will you hunt down souls belonging to my people and keep your own souls alive? You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, putting to death souls who should not die and keeping alive souls who should not live, by your lying to my people, who listen to lies. "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against your magic bands with which you hunt the souls like birds, and I will tear them from your arms, and I will let the souls whom you hunt go free, the souls like birds. Your veils also I will tear off and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand as prey, and you shall know that I am the LORD. Because you have disheartened the righteous falsely, although I have not grieved him, and you have encouraged the wicked, that he should not turn from his evil way to save his life, therefore you shall no more see false visions nor practice divination. I will deliver my people out of your hand. And you shall know that I am the LORD."

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