Scripture: verse 7
If you say to me, “We trust in the Lord our God,” is it not He whose high places and altars King Hezekiah has removed, saying to Judah and to Jerusalem, “You shall worship before this altar”?
Observation: “Me” in this quote is an officer of Assyria, sent to demand Israel’s surrender. This is a very crafty piece of gaslighting (making false or misleading statements in order to make the audience doubt their own knowledge.) The high places and altars Hezekiah destroyed were for the worship of other gods, and it was the Lord who commanded his people to worship at His altar in Jerusalem. But most people (being only human) did not have the clear understanding of God’s law that would combat this deception, and as a result I am sure that many of them did begin to doubt in God’s support.
Satan played the same trick in the Garden of Eden, twisting God’s law to pull Adam and Eve away from the truth. (Admittedly Adam and/or Eve helped out in that case.) He played the same trick when he tempted Yeshua. He plays the same trick today.
So what do we do? We stay close to the truth. Experts dealing with gaslighting sociopaths take notes or recordings of their conversations, and keep a record of what has happened, so that they can clearly see the contradictions that present themselves. We can do the same thing, by keeping God’s word and God’s truth in front of us, so we can see clearly.
Application: Keep reading His Word. Recognize lies for what they are.
Prayer: Yeshua, I thank you that your are the Source of Truth. I thank you that you will never lie to me and you will always defeat lies that try to hurt me. Please help me to remember your truth and not be confused. Amen.