A Time To Speak

Gerard David_Altarpiece

Of all the Bible figures I would hate to emulate would be Zacharias. The husband  of Elizabeth was a priest in the temple. They lived near Jerusalem, probably, Hebron. Year after year they had prayed for a barren Elizabeth to have a baby. The Lord sent His messenger, Gabriel, to announce the news that she would have a son.

This is an altarpiece by David Gerau, he is authoritative isn’t he? Zacharias was attending  his daily duties when the light of his glory knocked him to the floor. Somewhere between the temple and altar, you would have to look at a layout of the temple.

But when he was given the news and told the name was to be John, he couldn’t believe it and questioned it. He was made mute and could not speak. He had to write everything for the next nine months.

Now, not to condemn him, it just shows how religious people can be human. I never wanted to be muted, though there have been people I  would like to have a remote control for, at least for the volume. And remember, the old freeze frame, pause and eject? But God didn’t make automatons did He?

When we speak our words have authority, believer or not, we influence or criticize others. We can build them up and tear them down. Having the love of Jesus should make us more aware of how we speak, studying Proverbs is a good source or learning to control our tongues better, the gift of tongues help build us up to build others up.

Mary visited Elizabeth, when she was about six months pregnant and John the Baptist leapt in the womb, because Gabriel also visited her and she had been given Jesus by the Spirit, placed in her womb.

When John was born the people asked about his name, they thought he would be named after his father but Zacharias wrote John, and then his tongue was loosed. I have always loved Ecclesiastes 3, this is from verse 7.

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

Since I am not God and not privy to every spiritual thing, I am beginning to wonder if sometimes angels aren’t hushing some people up and giving others the courage to speak. We should all think before we speak. Some people count to ten. Try going through the fruits of the Spirit.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, , faithfulness, gentleness and self control, from Galatians 5 and read what James has to say about the tongue, it’s quite a lot. And my mother’s favorite, death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21

Let’s learn a lesson from Zacharias, but a better one from Jesus. He didn’t open His mouth though tortured and accused, He never had to argue with people, was angry and never sinned. He didn’t always speak His piece as a man, but His peace as God.

 

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4 thoughts on “A Time To Speak”

  1. There are times I wouldn’t mind being muted. 🙂 It would take the pressure off of having to say the right thing at the right time. But no, I wouldn’t want to trade places with Zacharias either.

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  2. Yes, a time to speak and a time to keep silent. Sometimes it’s hard to know when to do which. I pray that we would always think before we speak and that our words would be healing. Blessings to you, Rebecca! I’m your neighbor at the #LMMLinkup.

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