Silent Submission to Oppression

By Don Ruhl

Centuries before the Messiah went to trial, Isaiah prophesied of oppression against the Messiah, and that He would not object to it,

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
(Isa 53.7)

Both the Jews and the Gentiles oppressed and afflicted the Messiah, leading Him to the slaughter as though a lamb, but He spoke not one word of protest, remaining silent, keeping His mouth closed. Why did He do it? How was He able to do it?

How to Speak the Truth

By Don Ruhl

Paul reminded the Thessalonian Church how he and his fellow-preachers delivered the word of God to them, that they did not do it in error, or in uncleanness, or in deceit, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts” (1Th 2.4).

They understood that God had approved of them and with that in mind, they so spoke, which meant that they did not speak to please men, for men did not deliver the message to the preachers, but they so spoke as to please God, for He was the One who had delivered the message and He was the One who would test their hearts.

How do you speak when you tell others biblical truth?