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16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
how do we then view this passage?:
20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.
21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
1 Kings 22:20-23
So, while a lying Tongue and bearing false witness is an Abomination to the Lord… it is OK for him to have one of His Heavenly Host come to Earth and make prophets speak falsely when it suits God’s purpose (or removing a King of Israel who was asking for the Word of God but who had difficulty seeing the difference between his own desire and that of God???
I’m not going to Judge Ahab ( or God here). Ahab presumably was an evil man to deserve such ‘extreme’ treatment from the Lord – that’s His call, not mine… but Even though God gave Ahab the choice of listening to the prophet Micaiah and he chose to follow his own heart backed up by the rest of his ‘prophets’ and paid the Ultimate price, how does this justify the use of lying as authorised by ‘The Lord’?
I really would like some understanding on this one because it seems to say to me that an Abomination to the Lord is ‘ok’ if it serves His purpose??
That bugs me somewhat as it makes my own life seeking to do His will far more complicated.