March 15 Tongue Tactics

Numbers 22:21-23;  Luke 1:57-80;  Psalm 58:1-11;  Proverbs 11:12-13

 In three of today’s readings the tongue is used, loosed and restrained.

God caused a donkey to speak to its master to thwart the soothsayer’s plans to curse the Israelites–and get rich quick.  After encountering the angel of the Lord Baalam could ONLY speak what God wanted him to speak. “The words that God puts in my mouth that I must speak.” Numbers 22:38

 In the New Testament reading we read that God loosed the tongue of Zechariah who indicated that his baby boy should be named John ending a nine month silence. Zechariah praised and prophesied with his restored voice, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to redeem his people.”  Luke 1:68

 We learn of more tongue tactics from the writer of Proverbs who describes several ways to use the tongue:  “Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.  Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.”  Proverbs 11:12-13

 How we use our tongue–the words we choose to speak, our tone of voice, our decision to remain silent bears witness to what’s in our hearts.  “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.  The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, an the evil person out of his evil treasure brings evil.”  Matthew 12:34

Lord God, we pray that you will enable us to use our tongues to speak healing words, truthful words, words that point the way to you.  Forgive us for the many times that we have used words to curse rather than bless.  May we use our mouths to sing your praises and to give you honor and thanks.  For Jesus’ name sake we pray.  Amen

                              “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

                 for his steadfast loves endures forever!” 

                                                     Psalm 118:1

                

 

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2 thoughts on “March 15 Tongue Tactics

  1. The Holy Spirit has gifted you with wisdom and knowledge (1Cor.12) which flow from a humble respect for His Word. You brought together today’s readings into a god-like principle for living in the world as God’s representative, His tongue speaking His Words. We need that instruction, the tongue being a small thing with such power for good or ill.

    In addition to life instruction, Scripture proclaims salvation in God’s Son, Jesus the Christ.
    (Numbers) The “Angel of the Lord” is a “theophany”, an appearance of the LORD – Jesus before His incarnation. Here, the LORD Jesus appears on earth to save His people Israel Humbly, His divine tongue speaks through a donkey and through a fleshly prophet. These tongues speak His Words to proclaim Good News and save! (Still do!)
    (Proverbs) [He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but one of understanding holds his peace. A gossip reveals secrets, but one with a faithful spirit conceals a matter.] Compassion pours from Him Who is Wisdom! God does not despise His fallen “neighbor”, keeping to Himself our sinful secrets. The only One truly “faithful in Spirit” humbly covers the “matter”.
    (Luke) Loosing a dumb tongue to speak is God’s sign that John is a prophet like Balaam, who must speak the Word as God’s tongue. John points to Jesus and proclaims, “Behold, the Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world.”

    God does not speak to our condemnation, but covers our sin under the blood of His Son.
    It’s all about Jesus – what He says and does.

    Laura, keep on being the Lord’s tongue!

    warren

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