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20Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him (Prov 29:).


The Bible tells us a great deal about the wisdom of holding our tongue. In fact Jesus tells us:

36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Mat 12:)


Maybe someday I'll learn how to do this, that is: to hold my tongue. My words certainly have gotten me into trouble often enough; and my words have rarely if ever gotten me out of trouble that my mouth has gotten me into. In the meantime I will just have to try and explain my use of many words to say very little,


We know that Jesus told us many important things in just a few words. He gave us parables and examples that are easy for us to relate to and understand. He also lived a life that explained more about what He was teaching than did His words. Jesus, as did the Apostles, made use of a multitude of quotes from the Old Testament, using words that were already known to express what they wanted to say.

Words can be used to deceive and conceal. We find this with con men and politicians. But the use of words is not the only way that words can be used to conceal and deceive: so can silence. By our not correcting a person's wrong impression, we allow them to believe a lie or a falsehood, which has the same result as having told the lie ourselves.


The use of words is not always intended to explain, but sometimes the use of words that seem to make clear are actually intended to confuse and to conceal. I give you for example the codes used by the military and other people who wish to relay a message openly, yet not let the message be understood. Words used in such messages had an obvious and innocuous meaning that seemed clear enough to an uninformed observer or a censor, but to the intended recipient of the message, the words could well mean life and death to many people.

Jesus used just such a form of communication as this. The words He used to describe what He was saying seem very clear and understandable on the surface, but to the initiated those same words spell the difference between eternal life, and eternal death.

Jesus said of His parables:

9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. 10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (Mat 13:)


Mark adds:

10And when he was alone, they that were about him with the twelve asked of him the parable. 11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12That seeing they may see, and NOT perceive; and hearing they may hear, and NOT understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. (Mark 4:) (emphasis mine)


In spite of the fact that Jesus very clearly tells us that He spoke in parables to conceal His message to the uninitiated, preachers insist upon claiming He spoke His parables to make His words clear to everyone, even the worst of sinners.

Was Jesus the only one who said that God speaks in riddles?

1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel; 3And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar: (Ezek 17:)


48And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. 49Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables? (Ezek 20:)


3Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. (Isaiah 66:)


Almost all of the Old Testament, especially the Prophets are obviously riddles and metaphors. Even to this day we don't understand much of what the prophets were saying. Again we have this clearly portrayed in the Book of Revelation. There are thousands of different ideas as to what has been expressed in just this one book alone. It should be clear to anyone who is willing to even squint their eyes for a hint of the truth that God hides His words:

4Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. (Micah 3:)


15Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. (Isaiah 45:)


16Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. 17And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. (Isaiah 8:)


34And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken. (Luke 18:)


21In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. (Luke 10:)


3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2Cor 4:)


25Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: (Col 1:)


26Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 27And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. (2Kings 2:4:)



Have I made my point that God does in fact hide from those who do not truly seek Him, and even those who do such as the prophets and the disciples? Or do I need to give you a couple hundred more verses of Scripture?

We know that it is our nature to hear what we want to hear, and to shut out what does not fit our desires or our own failed conceptions. When Jesus or the Apostles spoke to the highly educated Pharisees, rulers, and priests of their day, instead of hearing what was said and considering what truth they might learn, they:

54When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 55But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. 57Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, 58And cast him out of the city, and stoned him:. (Acts 7:)


We shut out what we don't want to hear. And in the case of the rulers of Israel, they killed the ones who said what they didn't want to hear.

What outcome is derived from stopping the ears to the Word of God?

8And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying, 9Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and show mercy and compassions every man to his brother: 10And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. 11But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. 12Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts. 13Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: 14But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate. (Zech 7:)


(Note: did you notice what God was telling the people that they wouldn't hear? Didn't it sound like what Jesus told His disciples, the "new commandment" they must do? Wouldn't you have thought it was a piece of Scripture right out of the love portion of John's epistle?)


We see what happened to the Jews in the Old Testament when they didn't listen to the Words of God. And we saw again what happened to the Jews when they didn't listen to Jesus and the Apostles, the consequences which the Jews are still being confronted with today, that is: their decision to still the mouth of God.

With all this history and the numerous examples to learn from, how do we respond?


2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (1Tim 4:)


We certainly have turned our ears away from God and His Word. The churches who bear the name of Christ are bringing in every heresy and false doctrine, as well as the many gods of many lands to be preached as if they were from God Himself. If God did to the Jews as He has done, what do you suppose He is going to do to His church that uses His name to do what is detestable to Him? Have you ever read the Book of Revelation?

We don't have to look into the future to see what God is going to do to the church, we have the past to make it ever so clear what He will do, and this by what He has done to those His people who bear His name:

16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (Col 2:)


5Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount. (Heb 8:)


6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1Cor 10:)


The past is our example. The past is not only an example of how God works, how He has worked, how He will work, but also how He is working today. But we, in our ignorant wisdom, refuse to learn from the past and think He will treat us differently than He does everyone else. We have this same thinking about the country we live in: whereas the rest of the world is falling apart at the seams, we have an underlying attitude that these same problems won't touch us.


The New Testament we think of as a new contract, a new way that God is dealing with the world. This is not true. The New Testament is living quote, a clear testimony of what God was saying in the Old Testimony. What is said in the New Testament is a clarification and an example of what God was expressing in the Old Testament. Jesus, then later the Apostles, were living examples of what God wants from His people, and this from the beginning of the creation. We are not living in a "new thing," but rather a fulfilment of the "old thing." We are not given more liberty to do as we will, but we are given assistance through the Holy Spirit to do what God demanded of His people from the very beginning. We are given clear examples that our lives are not to be led according to our will, but His will who created us.


If you had a son or daughter who you knew was becoming involved with something that would do them much harm, even destroy them: what words would you use to divert them from their destructive ways? You have that child's friends who are his examples and counselors to counter. You have the media with all the "stars" doing as he is choosing to do. You have his natural tendency to do what feels good for the moment to contend with. In essence, you are faced with the impossible. What would you say to him? How many words would you limit yourself to in order to put your point across? How much time would you invest in saving that child before you decided that you have done your part and just write him off as a lost cause?


I have been given an insight into the Word of God, and by many negative experiences, into life itself, that I believe is of vital importance to people. I believe what I have learned is not for my benefit only, but for anyone who is willing to listen. I have also been given a willingness to share these experiences, and the knowledge gained through them, with others.

I have a number of problems however. One problem I have is that being open to such a degree goes completely contrary to my nature. I would much rather stay to myself and just keep my mouth closed. That is the way I grew up, and it is the way I have been most of my life. It is my nature.

Another problem I have is that what I say goes against everyone's (including my own), nature. I am saying that we must do what no one in their right mind would ever want to do; and to not do what everyone wants to do, and that the rest of the world teaches us to do.

I have been given an understanding of the Word that goes contrary to what every church teaches now, or that any church or preacher that I am aware of has ever preached.

I also see the absolute need that what I see in the Bible be followed, whether understood or not, in order to attain the reward everyone thinks they are going to attain by going their own way.

Because of these, I have a burden that is difficult to bear. How much easier it would be if I just agreed with everyone else, and all I had to do is nod my head in agreement and be seen as "right" and as "wise."

How many words should I limit myself to in order to put my point across? If I am correct, that life is not at all the way you see it, and that there is a consequence for your actions that is to come: At the time of that consequence, what will you say at that time should have been my optimum number of words used to divert you on to the correct path?


It is our nature to turn off our hearing to people who talk a lot. I get a lot of ears that turn dull to what I have to say. And I certainly can't blame anyone for this. I would do the same. Because of this it's my desire, when I see this happening, to just stop talking. And I might as well stop, because my words are not being heard or appreciated anyway. But if I stop, what is it that which I know must be said, is what that person needs to hear? And, what must it sound like to that person to hear that I think they need what I have to say. How egotistic that must sound. And how much more I would rather say nothing and appear humble and wise.


My life is my writing. And I do almost nothing but study the Word and write what I see. When I am talking to someone, I see an ever-expanding circle of things that relate directly to the subject at hand, and that are needed to be said in order to clarify the picture that I am trying to express. I want the person to learn in a moment what it has taken me years to learn. Of course that can't be done, nor do many people wish to learn even a little of what I have learned. But my understanding their lack of desire does not stop me from at least trying to convey what I see. It is only afterwards that I realize I should have left off talking several hours earlier.


2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (1Tim 4:)


37But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. (John 12:)


27He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

28Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. (Prov 17:)


11A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. (Prov 29:)


 

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