The silence of the ruthless

Isaiah 25:5 (NIV)

Lord, you silence the song of the ruthless.

Luke 1:51–52

Mary said, “He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly.”

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Silence is golden – especially if it is the silence of your detractors, enemies, abusers, and, in this season of political campaigns, the politicians! Who would not wish for the silence and failures of the accusers who mock us, the detractors who impugn our motives, the ruthless who taunt and threaten us, the strong who tread on the weak?

Funny thing, though. God chose a strange means by which he silenced all these and all who would detract from God’s truth, rebel against Christ’s reign, or seek to thwart God’s will in the world. He chose the cross, surrounded by the will of the godless strong, and mocking shouts of those who called for Jesus’ death! Those shouts were subdued by the faithfulness of Christ in the face of their taunts and even the visitation of God’s judgment landing on Jesus.

Strong men quaked and became like dead men when Jesus rose from the dead. Those who mocked him when he was on the cross had nothing to say when he died and the centurion said, “Surely this was the Son of God.” Satan’s smug victory dance lasted only three days. On the Great Last Day there will be no detractors, every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Better we should remain faithful in the face of suffering and taunt, looking for the exaltation of God and the justification that comes through faith in Jesus Christ. Then the silence of the ruthless and the strong will be replaced with songs of praise to our God – forever and ever!

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