By Sandy Kirby Quandt
Liar, liar, pants on fire!
Have you ever said that? Has anyone ever said that about you?
I’ve said it. Not recently, but I’ve said it.
I’ve lied. Not recently, but I have been a liar, liar pants on fire.
While reading the account in Numbers 23 of Balaam when he agreed to curse the Israelites for a fee the fact was stated; God is no mere human. He does not lie like we do. In fact, God cannot lie. He couldn’t even if he wanted to. That’s not in his nature.
Thinking about the way we humans sometimes project our human attributes on God, like lying and not keeping our promises, instead of realizing he is not human nor does he act like humans led me down another rabbit hole.
I thought of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and a battle scene in The Return of the King.
Spoiler alert – if you’ve not seen Return of the King, or read the book and intend to, the following gives away a plot point.
In The Return of the King, Eowyn, niece of Rohan’s king, disguised herself as a man in order to fight in a battle she’d been forbidden to enter, yet felt was her right.
During the battle she came face to face with the terrifying Lord of the Nazgul while trying to protect her uncle after he was injured. The Nazgul threatened to kill Eowyn, boasting that “no living man may hinder me,” referring to a 1,000-year-old prophecy foretelling that the Witch-king would not fall “by the hand of man”.
Eowyn threw off the helmet that had disguised her and declared:
“But no living man am I! You look upon a woman…”
She was no mere man.
The Witch-king attacked Eowyn, shattered her shield and broke her shield-arm with his mace before his attention was diverted as he was stabbed behind the knee by one of the Hobbits. At which time Eowyn seized the opportunity to strike the Nazgul with a deadly thrust of her sword.
As Eowyn’s sword shattered, the Nazgul’s withering form collapsed and he vanished with a final cry of anguish.
Now the connection…
The Nazgul erred in thinking Eowyn was a man. We err in thinking God is human.
God is not a human. He is the Great I AM, who has no beginning and no end. He is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent one who cannot lie.
Satan’s the true liar, liar, pants on fire. He’s the one who tries to deceive us and lead us away from God’s truth. Like the over-confident Nazgul Witch-king, Satan is wrong to believe he will not be defeated.
Jesus Christ took care of that when he died and rose again to sit at the right hand of the Father in heaven.
God cannot lie…he keeps his promises. Satan is going down!
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God is no mere human! He doesn’t tell lies or change his mind. God always keeps his promises. Numbers 23:19 (CEV)
I wish you well.
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