If somebody speaks a lie and say I am from God he is a liar in deed. God hates a lying tongue. He hates a deceitful mouth so much. It might be so simple and easy for the person who speaks it but it so disgusting to God almighty.
You know why? It is because a deceiver betrays trust. He put dispute among brothers, he completely work against Gods will and against his plan to our lives.
Many times we give too much attention to a silly sin that looks like to us harder to resist like for example sexual sin. We never win the battle, not because they are really hard, but because God is not with us at all.
Aha! Why God is not helping us? Because we make him too much angry by doing sins so many times, sins that seems almost negligible for us but can make God really angry.
He is angry not because we are weak. If he hates our weakness, Jesus might not die for us But God is angry because we are not even aware of our mistakes.
We are too senseless sometimes and unwise that we don't even know when we make God unhappy. And one of those moments is when we speak a bold lie to others. Lying put shame onto our soul and by lying we lower our selves of our virtue and dignity.
What is it the idea of lying by saying: I do it for a non-selfish reason ? We lie and we say we did it to protect somebody else. We cheat and we will say this is to promote or bring something good to other people lives.
While every act of cheating will be find out, it is not a good idea at all to do it in the first place. There are many reasons why we led in to the temptation of the sin of lying and cheating.
Rebekah the mother of Jacob has taken the responsitbilty of making her son to cheat on his brother. She did this for her son s sake out of her deep love. But when we read the whole story about Jacob, we will realize that the blessings she wanted for her son was delayed, it was with much labor and pain and doesn't come with out its consequences.
We all know sin has its own consequences and the consequence of cheating his own brother, Jacob was himself cheated by Laban of his right to get what he wanted. He cheated him with his first wife. He cheated him with the number of years of work to get a wife.
He cheated him with his salary. He cheated him almost in every aspect of his life where we wanted to get a fair decision from his uncle. He also faced the danger of death from his brother because of his actions.
Although the promise God has made to Jacob was real, he did not get it with out paying the price because of his self indulging behavior and the attitude of his mother. This is one of the important lessons on the fact that almost all of our actions have their consequences.
This is also a lesson on sticking to God s plan no matter what and not to lean on our own understanding. Sometimes the lesson boil down to one thing and that is don't try to be smart .
It is amazing how the kingdom of God works. We think we do God a great favor by lying and cheating. But the fact is we add up a great sorrow to our soul and another year of slavery and journey in the wilderness because of what we do with out the consent of our God is nothing but rebellion against the word of God.
When Jacob almost finished learning the lesson, he was able to return to his inheritance in his father home. When he comes out form Laban s house, he did not take anything that is not his. He was faithful in everything he was doing and taking full responsibility to his actions.
The story shows that Jacob learned the lesson even if it is the hard way. Is it not the Lord s him self said in one of the Ten Commandments? 'Do not desire to posses anything that belongs to another person - not a house, wife, a slave, a donkey, or anything else.'
We all face the same kind of situation that Jacob faces almost on daily basis. We want to do the right thing but the question is do we do it in the right way?
After all what matter most in the end is not how big is our stories and how tall is our building. God doesn't really care on our own accomplishment if we don't take into consideration the steps we take to reach there. Neither he is interested in the artistic, unless we take his consolidation in to the equation.
Not only every sin has its consequences but also it has the power to lead to other kinds of sins unless we come to our senses and seek forgiveness from the Lord on time.
We learned that Rebekah has to lie again and again to cover up the first sin she has made. She said she want send Jacob to her brother s house not because his brother want to kill him but because she is afraid Jacob might end up marring one of Hittite women.
Jacob said, But my brother Esau is a hairy man while I have smooth skin. What if my father touches me? I would appear to be tricking him and would bring down a curse on myself rather than a blessing.
His mother said to him, My son, let the curse fall on me. Just do what I say; go and get them for me. He went to his father and said, My father. Yes, my son, he answered. Who is it? Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.
Isaac asked his son, How did you find it so quickly, my son? The Lord your God gave me success, he replied.
Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. He said to himself, The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob. When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, Your brother Esau is planning to avenge himself by killing you. Now then, my son, do what I say: Flee at once to my brother Laban in Harran.
Stay with him for a while until your brother s fury subsides. When your brother is no longer angry with you and forgets what you did to him, I ll send word for you to come back from there. Why should I lose both of you in one day?
Then Rebekah said to Isaac, I m disgusted with living because of these Hittite women. If Jacob takes a wife from among the women of this land, from Hittite women like these, my life will not be worth living.