An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”

Politicians are famous for using as many words as possible to communicate virtually nothing. Watching our elected officials in the House of Commons only solidifies the stereotype. Our own Prime Minister hasn’t given a straight answer to a question in eight years! What we often get (when we aren’t being lied to) are platitudes, trite banal remarks and cliches without any real content. Politicians and their lawyer counterparts are today’s Sophists. Like the Sophists of old, they use a lot of words, not to communicate truth in order to inform and bless others, but to confuse and manipulate others into giving them what they want. This is also one of the marks of false religion. Many if not most false religions and cults have bodies of sacred texts so large that no one can be reasonably expected to read them all. How different all of this is from the True God and the Holy Bible He has given us. Here we find magnificent examples of “data compression.” Profound, life-changing truths, moral insight, and practical wisdom are expressed in very few, beautiful words. Without a doubt, the Bible is the revelation of a Divine Mind, a Super Intellect. Consider some of the short sayings of Jesus, which reveal not just supernatural insight, but maximal power and authority. At the age of 12, the Lord showed supernatural wisdom and insight when He asked his earthly parents, “How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49). At the beginning of His public ministry, He commanded His astonished audience, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Instantly they became soul-winning disciples. When challenged on who He kept company with, the Lord famously replied, “They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Luke 5:31-32). He warns us, however, that “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). During His passion, the Lord expressed His heart in a powerful prayer for His murderers. “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). To the repentant thief the Lord promised, “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). Only the One Who earlier declared Himself to be the Great I AM (John 8:58), the One Who claimed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6) could promise such things with unparalleled authority. Before giving His Spirit leave, the Lord preached the shortest of all His sermons. “It is finished!” He cried, showing that He had done all that was necessary to secure our eternal redemption (John 19:30; Hebrews 9:12). Hallelujah!

God bless,

pastor john