Series: “The Names of God” (post #5)
Here’s a trivia question for you. In our English translations of the Bible, what were the last words that Jesus spoke while hanging on the cross? Were they?
A. “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”
B. “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
C. “It is finished.”
D. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
The correct answer is A: “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:46). Good for you if you got it right. Now let’s move on to the bonus round. For major extra credit, what Old Testament passage was Jesus quoting with those words? Ah, that’s tougher. And the answer is Psalm 31:5, the entirety of which reads:
Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. (N.K.J.V.)
You’ll notice that the close of this verse provides us with another name for God. He is “The Lord God of Truth.” In the original Hebrew, it reads Jehovah El Emeth. The operative word there is emeth. It is defined as: truth, trustworthiness, establishment, faithfulness, rightness, and sureness. God is all of that.
If you want to know just how seriously God takes this matter of Him being the truth, consider these ten Bible facts:
- God’s word is true. (Psalm 119:160)
- The Old Testament law that God gave the Jews to live by was called “truth.” (Psalm 119:142)
- The written word of God is called “the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
- Jesus said to God the Father, “Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)
- Jesus, who was God the Son in the flesh, called Himself “the truth.” (John 14:6)
- Jesus referred to God the Holy Spirit as “the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:17)
- The gospel is referred to as “the truth of the gospel.” (Galatians 2:5,14; Colossians 1:5)
- God wants worshipers to worship Him not only in spirit but also in truth. (John 4:24)
- Christians are called to love not only in deed but also in truth. (1 John 3:18)
- Christians are described as being people “of the truth.” (1 John 3:19)
In direct contrast to God being Jehovah El Emeth (The Lord God of Truth), Jesus said of Satan, “…When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44, N.I.V.). Based upon this assessment from Jesus, we can say that truth is of God and lying is of the devil. Satan enjoys nothing better than lying in order to create doubt about the truth of God and His word. As evidence of this, the first time we meet Satan in scripture he is causing Eve to doubt the truth regarding what God had said about eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-3). He even paints God as a liar who withholds the truth from His people for His own selfish purposes (Genesis 3:4-5).
The takeaway from today’s post is that you would do well to call God by His name Jehovah El Emeth (The Lord God of Truth) when you pray to Him. This specific name becomes especially important anytime you are going through a period of doubt and confusion in your life. Ask Jehovah El Emeth to give you clarity. Ask Him to blow away the fog for you. Ask Him to silence the lies and let the truth ring out loud and clear in your ears. Remember, if some voice is messing with you by lying to you, that’s not God. He doesn’t deal in untruth. Satan is the one who rolls that way. That’s why you must always be sure just exactly who it is whose voice you are following.