El Emet – God of Truth (Psalm 31: 5). “What is truth?” Pilate famously asked Jesus this question. And isn’t it a question we all still ask today? What is true? What is real? What can I rely on and depend on? Is there anything that’s really unshakeable?
Merriam – Webster’s dictionary defines truth as “the body of real things, events, and facts: actually … a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality”. There are things that are “true” at certain times or places but not at others. For example, in my part of the county it’s “true” to say it’s cold outside right now. That’s a fact now, but it will eventually change.
Transcendent truth, however, is unchanging: think, for example, of the principles of meteorology that help us understand weather systems. Weather may change, but the principles do not.
In Psalm 31: 5, David writes, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth” The word translated “truth” is “emeth”, which means stability, certainty, trustworthiness. It comes from the word “aman”, which means to build up or support to foster as a parent or nurse; or figuratively to be firm or faithful (Source: Strong’s Concordance).
James 1: 17 says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights (the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens), in whom there is no variation (no rising or setting) or shadow cast by His turning (for He is perfect and never changes).”
Jesus said to Pilate in John 18:37” … the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me. “What is this truth to which he was testifying? The answer is in John 14:6, where Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life”
In John 8: 31-32, Jesus said “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”.
Truth is highly unpopular today. Sure, we like to “pretend” we like truth – you have your truth, I have mine, and all is daisies. Of course, if my ‘truth’ is to kill you and your ‘truth’ is to stay alive, we suddenly realize the obvious – that contradictory truth cannot both be true. ‘A’ cannot equal ‘non-A’.
God is the God of truth, and Jesus claims to be the truth. Either that is true or it is not. It cannot be true for me and not true for you, or vice-versa. It’s amusing when we think we can create our own truth. We can no more create truth than make the sun rise. All we can do is discover truth.
In John 16:13, Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit- The Spirit of Truth (the third person of the Trinity) will guide us into all truth.
In Jeremiah 29:13, God promises, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart”. If God is, indeed, the God of truth as He claims to be, then His word is true, for he cannot lie (Number 23:19, Romans 3:4, Hebrews 6:18).
And if God’s Word is true, this means that all who seek Him wholeheartedly will find Him – and when we find Him, we find the Truth that sets us free.