In the King James version (KJV) of the Bible, the word truth is found 235 times in 222 verses of the entire bible: of these 117 times in 114 verses of the OT and 118 times in 108 verses of the NT.
The first use of the word is found in the book of Genesis and it is speaking of the Lord’s truth:
- Genesis 24:7 “And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren.”
The last use of the word is found in Malachi, which I have set out further on in this blog.
The majority of the OT’s use of the word truth is speaking about the truth of YHWH. It is in the books of the Prophets that the swing starts to trend towards the Lord’s instructions to humankind about speaking and acting in truth and truthful ways.
Of particular interest is what is found in the book of Zechariah, given the events of today especially here in North America. Makes me wonder if these end time prophets were forecasting the events here in my country. Lies, long time buried, are being uncovered and the truth revealed as spoken of by the prophet Malachi. These are the three verses of Zechariah:
- Zechariah 8:3 “Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
- Zechariah 8:8 “And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.”
- Zechariah 8:16 “These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
- Zechariah 8:19 “Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
“Therefore love the truth and peace.”
I do not believe that words are randomly strung together, therefore if the Hand of the Lord wrote that we are to love the truth and peace, it would seem to me it is fair to conclude that if there is no love for truth then there will be no love for peace.
The other thing to note is the use of the word “the” in that command. We are to “love the truth and peace.” That denotes that there is but a singular truth. It doesn’t say we are to love this truth about that, or that truth about this; we are to “love the truth.”
Truth cannot exist without peace, and peace cannot exist without truth. We are commanded to love the truth and peace. (Zec. 8:19)
It does help to add further confirmation and affirmation to me as to why Spirit impressed upon me many decades ago the Scripture in the book of Revelations telling us that “all liars” will be among those cast into the Lake of Fire.
The last reference in the OT is found in the book of Malachi:
- Malachi 2:6 “The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.”
As a student of the Scriptures I have come to see that the books of the OT point towards the coming of the Messiah as found in the books of the NT, and conversely, the books of the NT point back towards the OT which is the foundation. The OT is the foundation and the NT is the roof of the house of those who love the Lord.
When I read Malachi 2:6 I see Yeshua as being the one who is referred to as having the “law of truth in his mouth.” That is further amplified by Yeshua’s own description of himself in the NT when he says he is “the way, the truth and the life.“
The first use of the word is found in the book of Matthew:
Matthew 14:33 “Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
The last verse that uses the word truth is found in the 3rd letter of John:
3 John 1:12 “Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.”
Most usages of the word appear to be when people are speaking and trying to emphasize they’re speaking a truth. The phrase they use is, “I tell you, of a truth, ..”
It’s similar to today’s language when we say something like, “Would I kid you or I’m not kidding.”
Following are some of the Scriptures with the word truth in them that I feel are of interest to current events of the world. I think the time has come to be pressing into the truth, starting with our own individual lives. If you, like me, have ever held back in sharing something or anything about your life, it’s usually because we are afraid people won’t like us once they know.
Is an omission a commission, when by owning up to someone we could have helped another person? I don’t know and can’t answer for you or anyone. But, if my reasons are selfish and not selfless, then I consider it to be a lie if I do not speak the truth.
I have never been so open, in public media, as I am now about me and my very imperfect life. My story and my mistakes and how I have overcome challenges aren’t meant just for me. Others have helped me by sharing the truth of who they are and I have been blessed that I might share my truth to help those who follow.
I love it that the Scriptures I am referring to are in the book of John, as I always liked him and Yeshua’s other brother James the best (their writings), before I even knew who they were as people. I think both of these men wrote from their truth.
- John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
- John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
- John 3:21 “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
- John 4:23 “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”
- John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
Lies Are the Children of Fear
I would like to close off this blog by speaking about the opposite of truth, and what is the basis for most lies that are told.
It is fear. People lie when they are afraid to tell the truth because they will be thought badly about, or in worst case scenarios they’ll find themselves facing criminal or civil prosecution. Remember yourself as a child, the first time you got caught doing something you knew you should not have done. I don’t know about you, but I lied and likely pointed a finger blaming one of my brothers.
I was afraid to be punished for what I had done. I knew it was wrong and so to get out of the sticky mess I lied. If my mother hadn’t caught me in the act, if it was something no one had seen, I likely just said I didn’t know anything about it. Either way I lied because I was afraid.
In the book of Matthew we are told not to fear those who threaten us, perhaps he is even speaking of our leaders in corporate offices and newsrooms. Matthew says:
- Matthew 10:26 “Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known.”
But, my friends, as well all know, the light of day always comes and what was once the dark of night dissolves into nothingness. It’s the circle of life: what goes around comes around.