Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
The prophets of Israel played an important role in exposing the deceptions of their day and pointing God’s people to the truth. Today, we still need faithful men who are willing to counter the evil that comes from falsehood in all areas of life. “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22).
The prophet Isaiah had much to say about falsehood and lying throughout his book of prophecy. He lived in a time when the truth of God’s Law was neglected, and many false prophets abounded in the land of Israel. These false prophets yielded to the wishes of the people who begged them to “prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:10).
Isaiah, a true prophet of God, called his generation “a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD” (Isaiah 30:9). In addressing the leaders of Israel, Isaiah charged them with saying “we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves” (Isaiah 28:15).
This “hiding under falsehood” characterizes not only ancient Israel, but also the godless society of our own generation. Our rulers, our media, and our public education system have taken refuge under a massive system of deception. Good has been called evil. Evil has been called good. God’s Word has become suspect, and critics of the Bible have an open platform to downplay the truth. We have left honoring the Creator and begun worshipping the creature. -Institute for Basic Life; Matters of Life & Death teaching series.