September 24th, 2014 | By admin
by Katt Anderson
How many times have you thought you had a good friend and then find out the friend deceived you? Maybe they stabbed you in the back. You may have told them a secret and they told everyone what you said. This happens all the time and on every social level. It still hurts both the deceived and the deceiver.
In the book of Esther, you read how Haman wanted to hurt the Jews. In order to do that, he had to deceive the king. It wasn’t hard for him because the king trusted him. He trusted him and took his advice without question.
Haman was angry because one Jew, Mordecai, Queen Esther’s uncle, would not bow down to him. Of course, Haman didn’t know Queen Esther was a Jew. In order to hurt Mordecai, he had the king command all Jews to be killed. The king believed the Jews needed to be annihilated. He gave the command to do what Haman wanted. He trusted Haman. In the end, Haman was the one killed and not the Jews, but that’s another story.
Deceit has been going along since the world was formed. In Genesis 3: 13, Eve was deceived by Satan to eat the forbidden fruit. In Joshua 9, we read about the kings of Gibeon deceiving Joshua. You may think that was hard to do, but these men took old sacks, old wineskins, old clothes and old sandals to make it look like they had come a long way. Their bread was even hard and moldy. It worked. Joshua believed them, but he did find out they had deceived him.
Deceiving is lying. It’s making something look like it isn’t. We see this today in every walk of life. It’s happened to all of us. We really trust someone only to find out they are hurting us behind our backs. In truth they are hurting themselves. In Romans 16:17, we are told to avoid people who cause this kind of thing. In other words, stay away from them. Isn’t it encouraging to know it happened even during Bible times. Sometimes it’s hard to avoid these people. It’s hard to not come in contact with people who say hurtful things about us, but it’s best if we try to keep our distance from them.
We have all had these things done to us and it will continue to happen. Be very careful who you call a friend. Make sure that person loves you and cares about you. Avoid those who are hateful and spiteful. Be careful who you trust.