Matthew 26:59-61 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, (60) but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward (61) and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’”
As we continue to grow wiser and wiser regarding the motives and tactics of evil, we become better able to spot Scriptures which reveal these things to us. Here is still another such passage. Wicked people, and that includes domestic abusers and others who crave power and control, frequently use this weapon of false witnesses.
Here we have the Jewish leaders who hated Jesus with a murderous hatred, craving to find some reason to kill him. They were having a hard time doing so and therefore they chose to invent charges by looking for people who were willing to falsely accuse Jesus. What motivated false witnesses? Probably bribes. More Judas money. Many people stepped up for the cash, but their accusations didn’t hold up. How many times have we seen these very same scenes in our own day!
Ultimately two witnesses step up and accuse Jesus of saying something that He really did say – this business of destorying the temple. But notice that they took His words and gave them a completely different meaning than Jesus had spoken them in. We need to beware of this tactic if we are going to be wise about evil. Wicked ones will falsely accuse us of saying something, but they will warp and twist our words in assign them a meaning which we never gave them.
- She said she was going to take the children away from me….(“if you ever threaten to harm the children again, I will take them away from you”)
- She said she would never go to marriage counseling…(“you always use my words spoken in the counseling sessions against me. I am not going to any more counseling with you).
If we are going to help victims of abusers or sociopaths or psychopaths, we have to be wise to this very common tactic. We must be wary of false witnesses being used as the abuser’s allies in the evil attempt to make false allegations against the innocent.
Daniel 6:4-5 Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. (5) Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”