Not Led Astray

Michael Beck

“Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. Therefore the Lord shall have no joy in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.” (Isaiah 9:14-17)

God does not appreciate being misrepresented. It is one thing to give our opinion on a matter, quite another to say, “Thus saith the Lord,” when He has not spoken. False oracles of God speak out of their own heart. “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” (Jer. 14:14) The chief lie that false prophets and teachers peddle is that God’s judgment is not upon those who do evil. “Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.” (Jer. 14:15)

Those who listen to such leaders are led astray and ultimately destroyed because of their misplaced faith in the words they hear. Are men in this day any less inclined to “speak folly” and tell people what their itching ears want to hear? No, Paul said that in the last days there would be a proliferation of false teachers and a great falling away to error. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (2 Tim. 4:2,3)

Judgment is around the corner for the world; it is now at work in the house of God. (1 Peter 4:17) Every “head” and “tail” that has spoken folly will eventually be cut off. Until then, God will use them as a snare to sift those who don’t love the truth. He will separate the chaff from the wheat. The blind will continue to lead the blind into the ditch. “… The deceived and the deceiver are his.” (Job 12:16)

God is still after a remnant who fear His Name and love His truth. He will get what He is after in the earth. They will believe His Word more than the word of any man. They will not be led astray by the voice of a stranger. No man will pluck them from their Shepherd’s hand.

“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” (Zephaniah 3:13)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.