And Isaac said unto Jacob, Come near, I pray thee, that I may feel thee, my son, whether thou be my very son Esau or not. And Jacob went near unto Isaac his father; and he felt him, and said, The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.(Genesis 27:21-22)
Last time I showed you that words are not the only thing that people use to lie but actions can be used to lie and that lying has a painful reward. Today as promised we’ll start looking at the reasons why men lie.
Reasons why men lie
1. Men lie to gain
It’s not a secret that many people have lied one way or another in order for them to benefit. People who we will look at that portrayed this attribute are Jacob and his uncle Lebanon, we’ll start by looking at how Jacob lied and what he gained by lying and then we’ll look at his uncle.
And Rebekah spake unto Jacob her son, saying, Behold, I heard thy father speak unto Esau thy brother, saying, Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the Lord before my death. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice according to that which I command thee.(Genesis 27:6-8)
Jacob had his eyes on the blessing that was meant for his elder brother and he made up his mind to get it by any means necessary and in the end he chose to impersonate the owner of the blessing in order to obtain the it for himself. And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck:(Genesis 27:15-16).
Many people have pretended to be what they are not because of what they wanted to get, especially those who were looking for a job or marriage. Many have lied about their age because they thought that if they told the truth about their age nobody would hire them. Never sell your identity for anything in this world because one day your true identity will be revealed, and you’ll be found wanting like Jacob when he wanted the blessing of God on his life. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.(Genesis 32:28), there are certain blessings in this life that you’ll never have until you walk in the identity God has given you.
Now let’s look at Laban, many may be surprised when I say Laban is a liar but since he didn’t disclose a critical fact about his tradition when it comes to marriage then he qualifies to be called a liar. Not telling somebody something he/she should know is the same as lying to the person.
And Laban said, It is better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me. And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.(Genesis 29:19-20)
Laban promised his nephew the hand of his youngest daughter in marriage if he served him for seven years but because of the prosperity he saw that came as a result of Jacob working for him he decided to trick his sister son. And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.(Genesis 29:25-26), And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph, that Jacob said unto Laban, Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country. Give me my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service which I have done thee. And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.(Genesis 30:25-27).
Laban admitted that Jacob was the source of his blessing only when Jacob decided to leave. Many of us only tell the truth when we realise that we have no another choice if we want to keep people in our life. Don’t be like Laban let people know their worth in your life better yet let them feel their worth in your life.
Speak the truth always don’t mind losing certain opportunities because of the truth, because there are opportunities which come because of being truthful and those opportunities have a greater lifespan.