Lies that Hurt, Words that Heal | IFCJ
Skip Navigation
Jerusalem

Lies that Hurt, Words that Heal

markzfilter

Save me, Lord,
  from lying lips
  and from deceitful tongues. — Psalm 120:2

The year 2018 is important for Israel and the Jewish people as we celebrate the modern State of Israel’s 70th Birthday. You can be part of this momentous milestone with Rabbi Eckstein’s 70 devotions offered now through April 19, Israel’s Independence Day. These devotions are tied to our Keys to Israel – six fundamental principles underlying God’s covenantal relationship with His chosen people and His Holy Land using the acrostic I.S.R.A.E.L.

This devotion is part of ten devotions focusing on the letter “E” for Educate — the need to arm ourselves with the truth about Israel and share that truth with others.

Psalm 120 is the first of 15 psalms called “Songs of Ascent.” One reason these psalms are given this title is because they are especially conducive to lifting a person up from hopelessness and helplessness into knowing that anything is possible with God. Through reciting these psalms a person ascends, rising above circumstances and coming closer to God.

In this particular psalm, King David voiced concerns over the lies that were spoken about him. Like David, the Jewish people have often been the target of slander and lies designed to hurt, if not destroy them. Whether it was the countless blood libels spread in Europe, claiming that Jews used the blood of innocent Christians in baking Passover matzot, or lies spread by Arab propaganda designed to convince the world that Israel intentionally kills children – Israel has been the victim of lies repeatedly. Like David, we pray “Save me, Lord, from lying lips.”

In this psalm, David likened lies to “a warrior’s sharp arrows” (v. 4). The Jewish sages explain that just as an arrow was designed to kill from afar, so, too, can false words bring danger to those at a distance from the speaker. No wonder David turned to God for help! How else could he protect himself from these sharp arrows pointed in his direction?

Appropriately, this psalm is often read when Israel is in imminent danger. The last verse especially resonates with every Israeli, every Jew, and every lover of Zion. David wrote: “I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war” (v. 7).

Israel has only ever wanted peace. While our enemies pretend to want peace as well, they have proven repeatedly that they want nothing less than the complete destruction of Israel; “they are for war.” When our enemies saw that they could not defeat us militarily, they resorted to the age-old anti-Semitic tactic of telling lies. This is their warfare – and so much of today’s media is quick to spread this deceit as truth. This is how they try to defeat us. Who can protect Israel from such vicious lies?

The answer, of course, is God. One day the truth will become clear and until that time God will protect His people.

But we need to do our part. Whether it’s calling attention to doctored pictures or blatant lies, we need to uncover the truth and spread it. With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to learn the truth and share it. Our enemies may use their words to harm, but we can use our words to heal. We can use our words to speak the truth and, most importantly, to pray. Pray for the safety of Israel and protection from all destructive lies.

Join the celebration and get the entire Keys to I.S.R.A.E.L. curriculum for free — for you, your small group, or even your church.

With prayers for shalom, peace,

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
Founder and President

Hebrew Word of the Day
March 14, 2018
Theme: Keys to Israel

Yerusha —
Inheritance

LATEST DEVOTIONAL

The Original Thanksgiving

November 18, 2018

The importance of thanking God for our blessings, especially in the presence of others, is something that will certainly never change.

Read More

NEW TEACHING RESOURCE

Keys to Israel Spring 2018

What are the Keys to I.S.R.A.E.L.?

Study 6 eternal truths about God's Holy Land and His people.

Learn More

HOW TO HELP

elderly woman, headscarf, close up

Give Hope

God asks us to do what we can, when we can, with what we have, to alleviate the suffering of “the least of these,” like Holocaust survivor Chaka, who lives alone in the former Soviet Union and relies on The Fellowship just to survive. You can help ease the suffering of an elderly Jewish person in the former Soviet Union in need of basic necessities such as food, medical assistance, and heating fuel with your best gift today.

Donate Now