Jeremiah 51:54-52:34, Titus 3:1-15, Psalms 100:1-5, Proverbs 26:18-19
Today is the 28th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you as we walk into a brand-new, sparkly, shiny week together. And before this week is over we’ll be walking into a brand-new, shiny, sparkly month together. So, we will finish strong with the month of October by beginning this shiny, sparkly week strong. We’ll read from the new living translation this week. Jeremiah chapter 51 verse 54 through 52 verse 34 today.
Okay. So, as we walk into this shiny, sparkly, new week we have some pretty stark advice coming to greet us from the book of Proverbs. So, let’s try to flesh this out a little bit. Have you ever seen somebody, observed a person, that’s harsh, but they attempt to pass off their belittling as a joke. Right? They’ll like nick you or maybe it’s you…and cut with their words but then, if confronted, the whole story flips. Right? So, that the problem isn’t that you’ve been nicked or cut or have experienced abusive words or some kind of hurtful intent, that’s not really the issue. Instead, the issue is the inability of the receiving person to take a joke. So, that’s like a no win situation because the nicks and cuts that came with the words, they were really indeed meant to harm but there’s this plausible deniability, right, in the situation. And, so, it allows a falseness to remain intact in the whole scenario. It’s a lie, but it’s a twisted lie they can just make you crazy because you know that the person was trying to hurt you, even just offhandedly, even with these little, kind of jabs. But then they’re saying, no, I didn’t mean any of that, it was just a joke. So the proverb says, just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says I was only joking. Alright, a madman shooting a deadly weapon? That is a hauntingly familiar image these days and the proverb is essentially saying that sidestep, that maneuver, like, you shoot and then you sidestep, that deceptive tactic that insults or diminishes another person and then re-injures that same person by trying to make believe that the whole thing was a joke is like a madman shooting a deadly weapon. I mean…I mean, let that sink in. So, if this has been happening to you then you can stop feeling like you’re going crazy. You’re in an unhealthy situation. Maybe you need some counsel. Or maybe you just need to name it and bring it into the light. But on the other side of this, if you’re feeling conviction because this is little bit…this is a little bit too real at the beginning of this shiny, sparkly, new week, then name and face it. I mean there are times we shouldn't…we shouldn’t wag our tongues, we should bite them. And insulting another and then passing it off as a joke is dangerous and harmful to all relationships. And, so, when we’re pulled to this behavior, we need consider the implications that were starkly detailed in the book of Proverbs today and invite God into the situation. So, as we go into this brand-new week let’s steward what we say today, tomorrow, the next day, because our words can align us with God’s kingdom or we can be like a dangerous madman shooting a deadly weapon. And we get to choose how we’re gonna live that out this week.
Father, that’s pretty stark stuff, pretty strong medicine as we get the week going and we invite you into that, whether it is that we’re being verbally abused in some sort of offhanded way that has been beating us down or whether that’s what we do so that we can dominate other people. The reality is that we do this most with those that we love the most. And so here we are. This is the threshold of a new week and it doesn’t have to be that way this week. In fact, it doesn’t have to be that way ever again. We just have to face it and name it. And, so, come Holy Spirit. Lead us into all truth. Show us the implications and the impact of our words. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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