Monday, May 2, 2011

Blogging Through the Gospels Matthew 27:1-26

Scripture ~ Matthew 27:12-14 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.  Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?  And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marveled greatly.

Observation ~ Jesus must have known that there was no point.  Their hearts were hardened, their minds made up.  Answering their questions/accusations would have simply been casting pearls before swine.  Wasted breath and wasted effort.  I'm wondering if answering would have just given them more ammunition, as they would have twisted his words so they could continue to grown in anger and outrage.  Hmm . . .


Application ~ Keeping one's mouth shut in situations like this is so applicable in a variety of arenas.  If a proponent of institutionalized education is asking what a home educator is going to do about college ~ simply to argue about that which they don't know and/or haven't researched themselves, there's no point in answering.  Pearls before swine.  People pretending to know you when it's convenient but not really knowing you and accusing your motives?  Pearls before swine.  Unsaved people copping an attitude about biblical submission of a wife towards her husband?   Pearls before swine.

I always thought that every question or situation needed an answer or explanation, and that is so far from truth!

Prayer ~ Father, thank you for the growth I've experienced in this area, it really is such a blessing.  Please continue to grow me, that I may more comfortably continue to not bother with an answer.  You know me, you get it, and that's all that matters.  Thank you for your example.  If you can hold your tongue under such dire circumstances, surely I can manage mine in far lesser extremes.

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2 comments:

  1. I often marvel at how Jesus responded to various folks. Oftentimes He didn't really address their accusations, but offered them questions instead. I think you're right that He knew what response was best. I think sometimes it's better not to say anything than get into a pointless argument.

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  2. Oh, AMEN, about keeping our mouths shut... um, at least mine anyway.

    Julie

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