One of the gifts of being human is speech. One of the curses of being human is speech.
Perhaps the whole reason for the King of Babylon’s test of all the magi and wise men was that they all talked too much. Perhaps (as many paid consultants today) they were more than happy to share all their words (with some being wise, maybe) with the king. Perhaps the king was done with all the words and just wanted an answer.
Of course, his demand for the wise men and magi to know the dream without being told it was pretty harsh. Yet, perhaps the desire to no longer having to listen to empty words created the opportunity to hear words of weight. Daniel spoke God’s word to the King of Babylon. By faithfully delivering God’s word to the King of Babylon, Daniel was obedient. Daniel also used the human gift of speech as a vector of grace and blessing. This doesn’t mean that it would be listened to, or that it would be transformative in any long-term way. That wasn’t Daniel’s responsibility.
Even as the Son of God—part of the Trinity—Jesus spoke as God directed. Jesus spoke with Truth, grace, and love. Jesus’ summary of his words (no judgment, not his words, people won’t necessarily listen).
What is interesting is how Jesus says all this is really just a result of God’s commanded speech, which is eternal life.
Eternal life. Jesus’ speaking was eternal life.
- Is your speech of God? Is your speech produce eternal life?
- As a follower of Jesus, how do you temper your speech so that is more of God and less of you?
- What makes human speech of “eternal life”
Heavenly Father, you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death, and brought us into the kingdom of your beloved Son: Grant that, as by his death he has called us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. [Easter Saturday Collect, Book of Common Prayer 2019]