“The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.” Mark 15 : 3 – 5
It is amazing. It seems, reading between the lines, that Pilate did not believe Jesus was guilty of the crimes He was accused of and Jesus’ silence towards His accusers left him confused. After all, who would not even offer one word of defense on their own behalf, especially one who was being charged with a capital offense.
“He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.” Isaiah 53 : 7
Have you ever read books about how Jesus fulfilled so many prophetic words that were written in the Bible that it would be impossible to deny He was the Messiah? It is quite revealing and if you ever have doubts, check one of them out.
Here in Isaiah, we read the prophetic words that were telling of Jesus impending death and even to the very specific moment of Him not saying a word in response to the beatings, to the accusations, to having to carry the cross He would be hung to die on.
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5 : 20
Our Focus Scripture Ecclesiastes 5:2 gives us a perspective to live by. “Do not be quick with your mouth” or pause and think before you speak. “Do not be hasty in your heart” which I believe again is that rush to anything…anger, defense, perhaps even love or agreeability to do something. “God is in heaven and you are on earth” is another way of saying submit to the One Who is in control of all the earth. “So let your words be few” is just the line that sums the rest of it up. God is cautioning us to weigh every word or phrase.
*How would you evaluate your words…like are you a talker? Do you have an opinion on just about everything and NEED to tell people when in conversation?
*In elections people can get so heated and feel this overwhelming urge to say something either bad about the opposing candidate or defend their own fiercely, it can divide households, families and friends…and for what? How do you react in such a situation?
*Consider your words overall in a day…are you quiet? Do you have a job where you instruct? Do you lift others up with your words?
*How do you believe the words you speak each day define you? Look at the verse on the Fruit of the Spirit and determine whether your words reflect that fruit.
*Next time you have an urge to respond with a word. Stop, swallow it and see if nothing at all needs to be said instead.
Father God You are in heaven and we are on earth and You are to be worshipped with our mouths, praised with our mouths for You reign over all the universe. Teach us to restrain our mouths. You have so many Scriptures throughout the Bible on the mouth that we could probably learn one every day or more and that tells us how important it is to You that we get this. We ask for Your help in making our words few out of respect and love for You.
I am a little melancholy about being on Day 37 with you. What a lovely journey it has been and though a big commitment, one I definitely look forward to each day. I have written many words, but I do hope they have been words that God would be pleased with. May you have a blessed day!