“For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue.”
The year we moved to Georgia, I discovered the Coca-Cola Experience in Atlanta. Near the end of the tour is a room filled with fountains of every soda made by that company around the world. I decided to sample them all. One particular drink, made for a country on the other side of the earth, had a wretched, bitter, nasty taste. I moved on, but couldn’t get that horrible taste out of my mouth. No matter how good a flavor entered my mouth, the nasty lingered. Is this the same as our speech?
From time to time you see the tabloid newspapers while checking out of the store. There are “sensational” stories on the front cover. Sometimes the front cover is about the Bible, end times, religious folk, or outrageous suppositions. On one of these occasions, I purchased 6 copies and took them to my Bible study class. I asked them to read the front cover religious article and mark what was 100% true, 100% false, and what was misquoted, misleading, or out of context. Is this the same as our speech?
At the end of a revival, a member told the pastor that they wanted to lay their tongue on the alter. The pastor said for someone to get one the eight-foot tables from the fellowship hall, because this little Lord’s Supper table ain’t gonna’ get it.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?