TODAY’S MANNA: The art of silence PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 November 2014 12:05

BY Berlie G. Yap


Epictetus the philosopher said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”    This adage is so golden! Isn’t it? The philosopher is so very right! Remember, when you let a person talk long enough you’ll hear their true intentions!

Many, obviously, do not like a personality whose mouth bubbles all the time, so to speak. On the other hand, individuals who have restraints are also considered prudent, respectable, and are usually the source of wisdom and good counsels.

Mothers would often remind their young ones that silent water runs deep and shallow ones are noisy. Nothing is wrong when one is introvert. What is wrong though is when a person talks even when it’s not appropriate to talk on a given time. For example, a student must listen undividedly to his professor when he lectures and never steal his time by gossiping with his seatmate.

Isn’t it annoying, when you’re in an earlier row and two rows behind you is a classmate who also repeats or pre-empts your professor in most of his lines! That in the entire class there seemed to have two lecturers who delivered the subject, and worse, that same classmate also calls attention of a closer seatmate to interact with him. Did you feel?

Another scenario, when you watch a TV program and the transition of the episode picks up onto  the climax, but here was your big brother who talks or comments about the dialogues then you lose your concentration. Is this familiar too?

In either of those moments, the person trapped in the buzzing noise would wish that everyone can just listen and talk later appropriately.

When Pontius Pilate bragged at the face of the Nazarene why he was silent and did not answer his simple questions, so that he could free him because he had the power. The Nazarene broke his silence, as like a hot knife slicing a frozen butter, and said, “You do not have that power unless it is given to you”. His steady voice right away bothered the Roman Governor, for the voice of the Man he was about to condemned was filled with power and authority.

When I was yet new in the reading of the Scripture, I also did ask inside if Jesus did only argue to defend Himself he could not be crucified. How naive I was! For mankind to be redeemed, the Lamb’s blood must be shed for the remission of our sins. Jesus’ life was man’s only sacrifice to be able to buy him back from a lost destiny.

The struggle between good and evil on that whole excruciating day was to be won not by a battle of philosophical debates but by the humility and the meekness of the Savior. Through His submission, even to death, it freed every man from the shackles of sins when he receives the Son in his heart.

Joshua led the nation to march around Jericho once in a day for seven days, with a strict instruction not to say a word in the process. That was quite an odd to control a crowd of 2 million people not to talk, not a word, while they would march.

On the seventh day, they were to march the City seven times, but on the seventh time they were to shout at their loudest. What the irony—total silence and later the loudest shout! But as they followed God’s order, when they shouted, Jericho’s walls tumbled down.

Scholars explained the rationale of the silence and the shout. The nation of Israel lived in the wilderness for 40 years. Their monotonous lives could have brought complacency inside of them, that to bring them to engage an enemy, as formidable as Jericho, might scare them. One person could tell his fear to another, then later both to more others and the bunch may be to rest of the two million, thus a possible conflagration of fear could unexpectedly strangle them, instead of to possess their already their God-given possession.

To overcome their fear, within the seven days of each march, God hence prohibited them to talk. But on the seventh day, something exponential took place inside of them, faith arose. Now they were ready to conquer their God-given land, so they shouted! Think of it, seven days of silence led them to a probable, for only, two hours of shout that brought them victory and similar to Jesus’ one day’s silence to forever joy of salvation who may put his trust to the Savior.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13 NIV

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