Day 24: CONSPIRACY, DECEIT, AND FRAUD
THE ETERNAL SACRED ORDER OF THE CHERUBIM AND SERAPHIM
Day 24 – TOPIC: CONSPIRACY, DECEIT, AND FRAUD
TEXT: MATTHEW 26:1-5
Today is the twenty fourth day of our Lenten season fast, and the topic is on Conspiracy, Deceit and Fraud; “CDF” in an amplified form. As we navigate to the teaching, let’s first log on to the dictionary definitions and other explanations of these concepts.
CONSPIRACY: According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, conspiracy is a secret plan by a group of people to do something harmful or illegal. Legally, it is a combination of men for an evil purpose; an agreement between two or more persons, to commit some crime in concert; particularly, a combination to commit treason, or excite sedition or insurrection against the government of a state; a plot; as a conspiracy against the life of a king; a conspiracy against the government; or an agreement between two or more persons, falsely and maliciously to indict, or procure to be indicted, an innocent person of felony.
Conspiracy Exemplified in the Bible: Joseph’s brothers, against Joseph- Gen 37:18-20; Miriam and Aaron, against Moses- Num. 12; Num 14:4; Num. 16:1-35; Abimelech against Gideon’s son – Jdg 9:1-6; Gaal, against Abimelech – Jdg. 9:23-41; Delilah, against Samson Jdg. 16:4-21; Abner, against Ish-bosheth – 2Sam 3:7-21; Jezebel, against Naboth – 1Ki 21:8-13; Against Jesus – Mat 12:14; Mat 21:38-41; Mat 26:3-4; Mat 27:1-2; Mk 3:6;
DECEIT is a dishonest behaviour that is intended to make somebody believe something that is not true; to cover up the truth, the facts, to make things seem different from the way they really are; to send someone in the wrong direction. Even telling only half the truth is a form of deception because it is manipulating information to get your way. What makes deception so bad is that it is not just a mistake or an oversight; it is a calculated plan to mislead another, a deliberate attempt to get someone to believe an untruth.
Deception breaks the bond of trust that is so necessary to human relationships. God hates deception because He not only stands for truth; He is the embodiment of truth. He will never deceive, and His truth will never lead you astray. “My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.” Job 27: 2. The promise of deception usually seems too good to be true. Delilah was a deceitful woman with honey on her lips and poison in her heart. Cold and calculating, she toyed with Samson, pretending to love him while looking for personal gain.
How could Samson be so foolish? Four times Delilah took advantage of him. If he didn’t realize what was happening after the first or second experience, surely he should have understood the situation by the fourth time! We think Samson was foolish; but how many times do we allow ourselves to be deceived by flattery and give in to temptation and wrong beliefs? Avoid falling prey to deceit by asking God to help you distinguish between deception and truth. (Jud16:15). Sometimes we deceive ourselves when we think we can get away with sin. We deceive ourselves when we think we can ignore GOD and still receive His blessings. GOD’S WORD ON DECEIT
You will destroy those who tell lies. The Lord detests murderers and deceivers – Psalm 5:6; There are six things the Lord hates-no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, a false witness who pours out lies. Prov 6:16-19; I will not allow deceivers to serve me, and liars will not be allowed to enter my presence. Psalm 101:7; there is a problem-your sins have cut you off from God. . . Your mouth is full of lies, and your lips are tainted with corruption. Is 59:2-3; Do not steal. Do not cheat one another. Do not lie Lev 19:11; Put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth,” because we belong to each other. Ephs 4:25
Deceit Exemplified: The devil Gen 3:1,4,5; Joh 8:44; Rebecca and Jacob Gen 27:9,19; Laban Gen 31:7; Joseph’s brothers Gen 37:31,32; Pharaoh Ex 8:29
EFFECTS: perpetrators will not go unpunished – Prov 19:5; keeps us away from GOD – Jer 9:6
FRAUD is the crime of deceiving somebody in or to get money or goods illegally. It is deception; trick; artifice by which the right or interest of another is injured; a stratagem intended to obtain some undue advantage; an attempt to gain or the obtaining of an advantage over another by imposition or immoral means, particularly deception in contracts, or bargain and sale, either by stating falsehoods, or suppressing truth.
Fraud Exemplified: Abimelech’s servants confiscate a well – Gen 21:25; Gen 26:15-22; Jacob obtains his brother’s birthright by an unjust advantage – Gen 25:29-33; Jacob steals his father’s blessing – Gen. 27:6-29; Jacob gains from Laban’s flocks by skillful manipulation Gen 30:31-43; Rebekah’s craftiness in Jacob’s behalf – Gen 27:6-17; Laban’s treatment of Jacob – Gen 29:21-30; Gen 31:36-42;
We are often deceived when we want to believe what we know we shouldn’t. When our conscience tells us no and our desires tell us yes, we should listen to conscience. If someone is trying to convince you to do something that contradicts scripture, you can be assured it is wrong. Genesis 3:6 . . . the fruit looked so fresh and delicious, and it would make her so wise .When we lie to one another, we chip away at the foundation of truth that must undergird a healthy relationship. Furthermore, we cannot introduce deceit into any relationship or system without opening the door to satan, “the father of lies” (John 8:44). The worst kind of deceiver is the false teacher, who appears to come for our good, only to lead us on a destructive path
Conspiracy, Deceit and Fraud are serious sins that are not to be heard among the children of God. The Bible abhors it and spells out great consequences to all who partake in it.