Last week, a young woman came to the church needing the services of a notary. She had several documents, so our time together was a bit longer than usual. I asked if she was willing to take an oath on a Bible affirming the truth of her identity and signature; she agreed. With her right hand on the Bible and her left hand raised towards heaven, I asked, “Do you swear that the facts you have given in this record are the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God?” After she swore to the truth, and I processed her paperwork, it struck me the significance of what we had just done. I said, “Isn’t it interesting that we swear we are telling the truth by putting our hand on the Bible?” She said, “It is.“ Then we chatted a bit about the importance of being truthful, and how, in our world, it doesn’t seem to be much that’s true. Then I said, “Well, at least we know that what Jesus said is true. He is the way, the truth, and the life.” She said, “Yes, ma’am, you can always count on Jesus; His word is true.”
I thought about this time with her, and I thought about its significance. She came to the church because she heard we had free notary services. She presented her ID to prove who she was and sign documents, in effect, sealing the documents by her name. Then she took an oath on the Word of God that she had spoken the truth, that she had acted in truth, and that she is who she said she is.
Our Creator God identifies himself in Psalm 31:5 as the God of truth–El Emet. He presents His identification throughout the Scriptures from Genesis 17:1, “I am God Almighty” to Revelation 22:13, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
He takes the oath of truth, “I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth” (John 18:37). He seals His truth with his spirit. “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the father, He will testify about me” (John 15:26). Jesus, like the Father, does not lie, cannot lie, because his very nature is truth (Hebrews 6:18). All His words are true (Psalm 119:160). Isaiah 45:19 says, “I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right.”
Where then will I go for truth? Will I follow the example of this young woman, and go to the place I have heard the truth, go to the person who is the truth, go to His Word that always proves true (Proverbs 30:5)? Will I ask him to teach me his way that I might walk in the truth (Psalm 86:11)? Will I depend upon the Spirit of Truth to guide me into all truth (John 16:13)? Will I trust, “The Lord is near to all who call on him in truth?” (Psalm 145:18). Will I yield to, obey, and love my God–El Emet, who is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!?