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The Tongue (Part Two)

When people say evil things or utter abominable words, they say ‘Oh! it is  a slip of tongue’. For how long shall man continue to pile up sin upon sins. There is no truth in the claim. A drunken individual does not come by what he says especially about other people without being an expression of what is uppermost in his mind but kept latent until effect of excessive alcohol made him lose decorum to an extent of breaking rules of decency. It is not a strange thing for an aggrieved subordinate to voice out his inner discontent with his boss at a Christmas party where he was able to gulp many free bottles of alcoholic beverage. Herodias’ vengeance  on John the Baptist who vehemently condemned Herod’s marriage with his brother’s wife was possible in the midst of King Herod’s drunkenness at his party. He asked Herodias’ daughter to dance. She danced to the admiration of the King and his guests. He therefore asked the dancer to mention a prize of her choice; even if it is up to a half of his kingdom, he would oblige. the girl’s mother taught her to ask for John the Baptist’s head in an earthenware. Oh God! Of what use is a dead man’s head as a prize for excellent dancing? The tongue has made an abominable pronouncement that got an innocent man killed just for satisfying someone’s ego.

Proverb 4: 24 says: “Put away from thee a froward mouth and perverse lips put far from thee.” The proverb tells us to keep away from words that do not edify God. Proverb 6: 25 says: “Do not lust in your heart for her beauty and do not let her captivate you with her alluring eyes”. This is for men in particular. Lusting in the heart usually leads to seductive use of the tongue. Even King Solomon was not spared when Queen Sheba paid King Solomon a royal visit. Kings 10: 13a “Now King Solomon gave the Queen all she desired, Whatever she asked..” . As of today, we still have Ethiopian Jews or else, how come late Emperor Haile Selassie (1892-1975) was able to bear the title of “Lion of Judah?”

Both old and New Testament condemned the tongue for reeling out evil, discontent , cursing and many more. They both called for a clean heart that energizes the tongue to issue appreciation, thanksgiving, adoration and many more.. The giver and the recipient are left in good mood. On the other hand.  Colossians 3: 8 says: “but now you must put them all away; anger, wrath, malice slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”   King Hezekiah used his tongue to talk to God pleasingly for God to grant him fifteen more years in existence. King Nebuchadnezzar used his tongue to equate himself with God over all his achievements and suffered the consequence of seven-year “jail-term” living animal life of eating grass and leaves until his senses returned to him. He thereafter, revered the Lord, God Almighty. Ex-President Idi Amin Dada of Uganda was so full of himself and was talking big without any benefit to his people. He ended up in exile and died there. Conversely, consider Nelson Mandela of South Africa, he declared genuine reconciliation to bring white and black South Africans together. Mandela’s concept of true reconciliation brought back the Tutsi and the Hutu of Rwanda and Burundi from ethnic cleansing into the earlier oneness from past centuries. After the bitter civil war of 1967-70, Nigeria came back together following the declaration of the famous “NO VICTOR NO VANQUISHED” as a reconciliation mantra under General Yakubu Gowon (Rd), the then Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The tongue has the power of life and death, man is therefore enjoined to choose between two situations of life either to enjoy life now and after or suffer the resultant negativity. President Goodluck Jonathan did not wait for INEC to declare the winner in the recent election in Nigeria. He quickly congratulated the winner. It really stemmed the tide of violence that could have been  unleashed on the people. This is a power of positive use of the tongue.

Lose Focus and Lose Out

With due respect to the ancestors of human race, Adam and Eve were somehow naive or inexperienced when it came to preempting the beguiling serpent. The bible narrated their expulsion from the Garden of Eden Genesis 3:  22-23. With this precedence of losing focus and losing precious opportunity that the Hebrews knew very well, there should be no excuse for them (The children of Israel) to have to forget or abandon the God of their forefathers. The Almighty that got them released from bondage did not tell them that HE would stop supporting them. The release was done in consequence of 10 different afflictions on the Egyptians as recorded in Exodus Chapters 7-12.

Human nature being weak and at times weird by the way in which they always forget to learn from past experiences, continued to be amazing. The miraculous parting of the Red Sea into two for the Hebrews to pass through amidst fear and trembling while same Red Sea swallowed the Egyptian hosts and their King was enough to teach them that their God was awesome and sovereign. Moses was a vessel of honor to God, with or without him God was enough to solve the problems confronting them. With this in mind, Moses went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Code of Conduct (10 commandments) meant to set before them standard of behavior that would endear them to their God. Instead of recalling the goodness of the Lord throughout their life in bondage and in the ongoing wilderness experiences, they lost focus on their God. Rather than waiting patiently for Moses to return from his appointment with God on Mt. Sinai, they mounted pressure on Aaron to create a golden calf to represent their God that delivered them from bondage in Egypt. Surprisingly, Aaron of all people, lost focus by acceding to the people’s request to turn away from God that loved them so much. Were it not Moses who stood in the gap for them, God could have wiped them out in his annoyance over his people’s stiff-necked disobedience. Exodus 32: 11-14.

Without trying to be vulgar, there was a man driving on a busy city road in Lagos, Nigeria and happened to sight a lady fit to be described as a paragon of beauty. He was  carried away by what he saw and instantly lost focus. Instead of concentrating on the road, he drifted off the road and smashed his car against a concrete slab with protruding  reinforcement rods. The rods pierced the front of his car and his body. He paid dearly with his life because of losing focus. It has always been so throughout the ages. From biblical example, Judges 13:15, Samson the anointed one to deliver the Jews from the constant ravaging of the Philistines started well as a Nazarite with divine power meant for crushing the enemies of the Jews. His choice of women to love choked him. Delilah’s love so overwhelmed him that he released to her the secret of his superhuman power. It led to his capture and torment. His eyes were plucked out. However, God never loses focus of what he has ordained, in that while in captivity his source of power rejuvenated and as the hair were growing he prayed penitently and fervently to God to avenge his captivity. Words of God once spoken never returned to him void. This is why God granted his prayer that agreed with his mission on earth Judges 16: 28-30. We see in Verse 28 that says: And Samson called on to the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines of my two eyes”. Samson still fulfilled his mission but not in the most glorious manner. Great personalities that lost focus and consequently lost out was King Solomon. He was the one who did not do well before God and made God to ensure that the ten-tribe Northern kingdom was excised out of the twelve tribes under King David though not during Solomon’s reign. God actually remembered David’s total submission to His Holy will and shifted the break away to Rehoboam’s reign.