The following verses will show examples of false pretense
in the past. They will show that some were lead astray and also God's judgement for those not in His will. Some will sound familiar to our day and time.
Those Who "Worship" in Pretense
||They still held their sacred
assemblies, celebrations, and Sabbaths.
||The people spoke of God but their heart
was not near to God
||They swore by the name and mentioned the
name of God among themselves but not in truth or righteousness.
||They came before God but wondered why
He did not answer them.
||They did not serve God with their whole
heart but in pretense.
||They swore by the Lord, but falsely.
||Their hearts did not fear the Lord.
||They still came to the place of worship
to worship God.
||They had committed several sins but by
coming to the house of God they thought they were delivered from them.
||God was near in their mouths but far from
||They came to God's prophets for God's
word but their hearts were of the world.
||They came to God for His word but He would
not hear them.
||After they committed great sin they came
the same day to God's house.
||They came before God's true leader, heard
his words but did not do them. Their mouths show much love but their hearts
pursue their own gain.
||The words of the man of God sounded good
to them, like a lovely song, but they did not do them.
||They do not direct their deeds toward
turning to God, because they do not know Him.
||Their faith was like a morning cloud or
the dew that fades away quickly. Their faith was soon gone during the day.
||They did not cry out to God with their
heart when they were in trouble.
||These verses show the people were still
offering sacrifices and making music to God.
||The people were impatient during the sacred
celebrations and the Sabbaths. They wanted them over so they could go back
to their deceitful practices.
||They swore by the Lord but also followed
other gods. They had turned from following God.
Those Who Lead Some Astray
||Those who lead them caused
them to err and go down the wrong paths.
||The elder and the honorable who the people
trust teach lies which causes them to err and be destroyed.
||The prophets and priests tell lies and
rule by their own power. The people love it though. It fits their way of
||The prophet and the priest dealt falsely.
They told lies and were not ashamed.
||The priests told them they were of God.
||They trusted in lying words.
||They thought the law of God was followed
by them, but the scribes were changing words in the law to make everyone
right before God.
||Everyone is covetous, from the prophet
to the priest.
||The shepherds of the people had become
dull-hearted. The flock will be scattered.
||The prophets were saying deceitful things
out of their own heart.
||The prophets made up their own words to
tell the people. They told everyone who walked according to the dictates
of their own heart that no evil would come upon them.
||The prophets spoke good prophecy to those
who gave them something, but unfavorably to those who did not.
||The head leaders and priests sought after
bribes and wealth.
||The most upright was like a thorn hedge.
||Beware of false prophets in sheep's clothing,
they are ravenous wolves.
||They (the teachers and leaders) travel
the land to win someone but make him twice as much a son of Gehenna (Hell)
||They deceive many with signs and wonders.
||They are part of the "abomination of desolation"
standing in the holy place.
||They serve their own bellies and deceive
people by their smooth words and flattering speech.
||They have gone the way of Balaam and Korah,
for profit and position.
||They use flattery to gain advantage.
God's Judgement On False Pretense
||God will not hear them even
though they spread out their hands and make many prayers.
||The destruction of those who know the
will of God and those who don't, will be together.
||Woe to those who think they have hid their
deeds from God.
||Woe to those who do not seek counsel from
God and to those whose plans are not of the Spirit of God.
||The hearts of the priests and prophets
will be astonished and bewildered.
||All blessings will be turned away from
them because of their sins.
||The priests and the prophets will fall
with the sinners because they were not ashamed when they sinned.
||The leaders will be destroyed by various
||The followers of the leaders will be destroyed
in various ways.
||Cursed is the man who trusts in man and
in his own strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. He shall not see
||They shall bear their penalty for departing
from the Lord.
||God will cause all their Sabbaths and
sacred celebrations to end.
||God will punish His people for forgetting
||God will withdraw Himself from them when
they seek Him.
||Destruction to them because they have
sinned against God.
||Woe to those who trust in the temple and
the leaders of the temple!
||God will hide His face from them and not
listen to them because of their evil deeds.
||God will punish the watchman (the leader)
and the others. Their day will come.
||God will punish those who are complacent
in their heart.
||The evil doer who knows what he is doing,
yet comes before the Lord, will be cut off.
||God will spew them out of His mouth because
they are lukewarm.
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